Texas Transportation Commission approves funding for Montrose bridge improvements

Jul. 29, 2013Montrose District

I have wonderful news to share. I received a phone call from Terri Kaplan to advise that the Texas Transportation Commission received their recommended list of projects from staff and voted to approve the Montrose Management District’s application for funding to re-light the bridges over US Hwy 59 at their meeting +Thursday morning. We still have a process to work through to get that done, but we now have funding to do it!!!

The bridges of US 59, when constructed, represented the best in architectural beauty that TxDOT has delivered to any project in recent time. When originally constructed ten years ago their opening was received with great fanfare due, not only to their beauty, but also their fiber optic lights which illuminated the structures at night, basking them in a multi-colored light that left the entire city in awe of their iconic presence.

This project will replace the non-functioning original light strands with a state-of-the-art LED lighting system that not only will bring back the glorious illumination that has been missing from the glorious US 59 corridor for almost ten years, but will also create a safer environment both below the bridge decking and also for vehicular & pedestrian traffic on the bridges.

The linkage provided by the Montrose bridge cannot be understated. Montrose is the only north/south connector west of the Central Business District that connects traffic from the heavily traveled I-10 to the Medical Center. The bridge not only provides a vital mobility link to communities on both sides, but also are a source of pride for the entire region due to their iconic nature.

These bridges received international acclaim for their beauty and functionality when first opened. The proposed improvements will serve not only to increase the safety for all users of the bridges, but also will restore the lighting that renders the structures a marvel to witness.

We are super excited for the Montrose Management District, for the Montrose community, and for the city of Houston.

Now the real work will begin!

In celebration,

Bill Calderon
Executive Director
Montrose Management District