FM 518 Corridor Access Management Plan

With regional growth in mind and limited funds for massive highway infrastructure, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) commissioned the FM 518 study to identify enhancements that will improve public safety and traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, enhance air quality, and improve bicycle and pedestrian access without adding capacity. Built in the 1960s, FM 518 provides east-west mobility and access to many retail, commercial, and residential developments. In addition, the corridor intersects with four major north-south facilities: US 288, SH 35, I-45, and SH 146. These north-south routes provide commuters with direct routes to Houston, Galveston, and major attractions such as the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Space Center. FM 518 has a very high crash history and experiences peak-hour delays at many of its major intersections. The access management study commissioned by H-GAC will ultimately provide the appropriate agencies with a list of short-term operational and access management improvements. In addition, the study will identify bicycle and pedestrian improvements and explore transit opportunities and funding. Recommendations for long-range improvements will be compiled into what could become an access management overlay district for the corridor. Long-range recommendations will include driveway spacing guidelines, shared access provisions, and several other access-related techniques aimed at increasing safety and reducing traffic congestion. This paper discusses the following: existing conditions, study goals, public involvement, short-term and long-term toolbox, findings and best practices.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Maps;
  • Pagination: 6p
  • Monograph Title: Sixth National Conference on Access Management, August 29-September 1, 2004, Kansas City, Missouri

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046458
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 20 2007 3:26PM