Almeda Road Widening and Reconstruction


City of Houston


Length: 1 mile

Lanes: 6

Material: reinforced concrete / asphalt pavement

Almeda Road Widening and Reconstruction


A major key in improving vehicular and pedestrian mobility in the Texas Medical Center was the reconstruction of Almeda Road between S. MacGregor and Old Spanish Trail. This project widened the roadway to accommodate future traffic demands, improved intersection geometry and efficiency, and provided a tree-lined dual-purpose sidewalk for pedestrians and bicycles.

The project included construction of a roadway, pedestrian improvements, public utility upgrades, landscape enhancements, and traffic signal improvements, with 4,850 LF of 12-inch waterline, 780 LF of 8-inch waterline, and 907 LF of 10-inch wastewater line. A limited environmental impact study was required, and we participated in public meetings to receive input from area property owners and the general public.

Almeda Road was a pilot project for Low Impact Development (LID) and it was important that it not create an unsustainable maintenance burden. The roadside grass swales intercepted and treated initial flush storm water runoff using rapid-flow-rate filters.

The project added 200 new trees and saved many of the existing ones. It included wide, tree-lined sidewalks for pedestrians/bikes providing a buffer between the sidewalks and roadway to improve safety and pedestrian comfort. Utilities were kept out of sidewalks, and pedestrian staging areas were designed at a comfortable 2% maximum cross slope.

The project was lower in cost than many major thoroughfares due to the savings realized by the LID design. By reducing the amount of storm sewer and providing effective drainage mitigation, the city saved $1 million versus traditional design. Our LID delivered high-impact results