The Insite wrote a post a couple of days ago about the rough condition of Airline Drive just south of the loop. The post did not fall on deaf ears. Houston Councilman Adrian Garcia responded to the Insite with his effort to address the bumpy road. I spoke with him on the phone while attempting to verify his letter Friday afternoon. He says he had the same impression as I did when he drove down the road and now he’s working to fix it. Here’s what he wrote:
Read your blog about Airline Drive and thank you for sharing in my concern. I made this street a priority when I first took office and it continues to be a priority for me.
Allow me to give you and your readers an update on the progress that has been made on getting Airline reconstructed. This project is not a simple overlay project. This is a comprehensive reconstruction project that in addition to the improvements to the road it will also include upgrading storm sewers, water lines, sanitary sewers as well as improved lighting along Airline. As you can imagine, a project such as this is time intensive, and requires a lot of attention to detail, and not to mention that it also requires a large budget.
Phase I includes engineering input from Public Works, Traffic Management as well as from Drainage. This phase is scheduled to be completed by March 2008. We will then enter into Phase II which is the Design Phase of the project. The RCA (Request for Council Action) to hire the design company is anticipated by June of 2008.
I have seen copies of the preliminary reports and am pleased with the suggestions brought forth for Airline Drive which include the new sidewalks that are handicapped accessible, newly engineered corners that better accommodate the truck traffic and new storm sewers which allow for better drainage.
The goal is then to start construction by April 2009, which could take over a year to complete!
Next time you decide to cut through the neighborhood, stop and support the great eating places we have along Airline, you may even want to pickup some fresh fruit and vegetables from the Produce Market!
In all seriousness, thanks for taking notice but hopefully this will let your readers know that I have been working to get some much needed improvements to this area.