By Karen Daniels
The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast planning region of Texas. At the November 12 Stafford Planning & Zoning meeting, the H-GAC presented their access management study for the FM 1092/Murphy Road corridor. This 3.1 miles extends from Highway 59 to Dove Country Road and took nine months to complete, addressing three key issues of: mobility, safety, and economic development.
H-GAC made recommendations for the City of Stafford on just where to begin. The first suggestion was to update a comprehensive plan for the City. The last comprehensive plan was completed in 1971. The wheels are already in motion on this task which was brought up by City Engineer, Charles Russell, months ago. The presentation from the consultants should be on December’s P&Z agenda. A second suggestion was for master-planned corridor nodes, such as, establishing better access to Metro Park & Ride as well as Houston Community College.
Additionally, H-GAC mentioned that with the sell of the Texas Instrument property, referred to as a “game changer”, would open up extensive possibilities–providing even more reason to address this project.
Lighting and landscaping were addressed, as was the installation of a bicycle lanes and sidewalks. A picture was displayed for the viewing audience of a worn pathway made through the grass and dirt from people walking along the side of Murphy Road. It was explained that when they find man-made pathways like these, it’s an indicator that sidewalks are needed and will be used.
Part of this project is in Harris County while most of it is in Fort Bend County. Three intersections on this corridor came with recommendations for improvement. The left turn lanes at Hwy 59 and 1092 need to be addressed due to a high propensity for side-swipes. The intersection at West Airport needs to optimize the traffic flow. Right now east bound and west bound lanes take turns going through the light. And the intersection at Avenue E has a sharp skew with traffic delays during the evening peak travel time.
H-GAC will present their findings to Stafford City Council at their next meeting.