April 4, 2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker today announced that the City of Houston, in partnership with the Gulf Coast Rail District and TxDOT, will build a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the railroad tracks at Bringhurst Street in the Fifth Ward. There are more than 700 at-grade railroad crossings in the City of Houston, all of which pose a safety risk for the traveling public.
Historically, the Bringhurst location has been a challenge for students walking to school. The bridge will provide students and others walking in the neighborhood a safe route across the railroad tracks. When construction is complete, the Bringhurst and Hailey Street roadway crossings will be closed because of the safety risk they pose.
Trains frequently stop in the area, blocking both crossings. The crossing between the two roadways at Gregg Street will remain open with additional gates for safety. The grade-separated Waco crossing will remain accessible at all times.
The Gulf Coast Rail District secured a federal grant to construct the pedestrian bridge. The City of Houston has funded the design and will oversee construction. Construction is expected to begin by mid 2014 and to be completed before the end of 2015. The estimated construction cost is approximately $1.3 million.