Crocket-Hogan-Lorraine Context-Sensitive Schematic Design
TEI prepared a context-sensitive schematic design for the 1.6-mile Crockett Street – Hogan Street – Lorraine Street corridor between Houston Avenue and Jensen Drive in Houston’s First Ward and Near Northside neighborhoods. The primary objectives were to offer safe, multimodal transportation options that support the neighborhood context while minimizing right-of-way acquisitions and related impacts.
A previous pre-engineering study recommended a four-lane cross-section with no bicycle facilities and minimum standard sidewalks. That design would have required extensive right-of-way (ROW) acquisition through residential and neighborhood commercial areas along the corridor, impacting many businesses and homes. Recognizing that the surrounding neighborhood has lower car ownership and higher transit usage than the city average, and that low traffic volumes in the corridor are not expected to grow significantly, TEI developed a context-sensitive design according to these principles:
- Provide the appropriate number of vehicular travel lanes to maintain acceptable traffic operations.
- Incorporate Houston Bike Plan recommendation for a dedicated bikeway.
- Improve walkability and access by providing quality sidewalk and intersection crossings which exceed the City of Houston and ADA design criteria.
- Provide on-street parking where desired and feasible to support businesses and neighborhoods.
- Coordinate with METRO to optimize bus stop locations to promote access to transit and efficient transit operations.
- Assess and identify where ROW acquisition may be appropriate, with a goal of minimizing impacts.
TEI prepared a schematic corridor design and revised planning-level construction cost estimates. The design used existing City of Houston Infrastructure Design Manual Standards, and noted locations where a variance from those standards was proposed.