What are your thoughts on the proposed Wood Street railroad crossing closure?
3 registered statements
Dennis Parmer outside Subdivisions
Peter Burrascano outside Subdivisions
I strongly OPPOSE closing the Wood Street crossing, and favor closing Brooks Street instead.
1.The Brooks Street crossing is basically a “crossing to nowhere”.. It does not feed a subdivision, school, or business.
2.To the contrary, Wood Street feeds three subdivisions, three schools and numerous Daycare facilities.
3.Their “study” of traffic flow that showed Brooks as having more traffic than Wood Street does NOT take into account that 100% of the Brooks Street traffic is actually going up MAIN STREET, and the drivers are only using Brooks to play “traffic light roulette” with the light at Main Street… The only effect of closing Brooks will be to require the Main Street traffic to actually USE Main Street.
4.Traffic on Wood Street actually goes to residents of Wood Street!
5.To check their study findings, I stayed at the Brooks Street crossing for 6 hours – from 8AM to 2PM while the Main Street crossing was closed for service. During those 6 hours, only FOUR vehicles crossed at Brooks: one railroad construction vehicle, one 18-wheel delivery vehicle, which turned LEFT and went up Ulrich to the new subdivision, and two vehicles that attempted to turn right to go to Main Street, and had to turn around. Proves non-use
6.Their contention that Brooks Street will EVENTUALLY bring traffic to the Imperial Development has no substance, since the more direct crossing now is Ulrich, and the actual entrance will be the new University crossing – which is the reason they WANT the University crossing in the first place. Ulrich will then be the secondary entrance. Brooks will remain an unnecessary crossing, still feeding only Main Street traffic.
7.Even IF the Brooks Street crossing is intended to serve a development/Event area at the Imperial Sugar building, having traffic CROSS at Brooks to get there, would cause major traffic bottlenecks. Every other venue has their parking or facility entrance at a place AWAY from the venue, so traffic flow can be controlled.
(such as at; Houston Zoo, NRG, Toyota center, Hermann Park theater, etc)
8.Closing Wood St would require upgrades to Kempner between Wood and Main, and the complete reworking of the Main St crossing to accommodate this intersection's expansion. making a "left" from Kempner at Main to cross the tracks - especially when the tracks are doubled - is a hazardous proposition at best.
9. Closing Wood St increases the traffic on Main, which is now a bottleneck between 90A and Jess Pirtle. Adding the Wood St. Traffic to a street that can NOT be widened or improved will cause impossible traffic conditions through The Hill.
Shay Shafie outside Subdivisions
Mayor and Council Members,
As property owners that will be affected by either of the proposed road closings, we are in strong support of the Wood Street closing as the best option. We are also concerned that the closing of Brooks Street will severely limit the access to the proposed redevelopment of the Imperial site for a project that already has access issues due to the existing rail line. Brooks Street will be the front door to the Historic District and its removal will severely impact the viability of the project.
As part of the traffic impact studies we performed for the zoning application, we looked at the possibility of closing the Brooks Street crossing. The results of this study indicated that the closure of Brooks Street negatively impacted the intersections of Ulrich at Hwy 90 and Main Street at Hwy 90 causing their level of service to fail. In addition, it caused an unnecessary increase in cut through traffic on Ulrich, through Mayfield Park and also an increase on Bay View, through Sugar Lakes. A copy of the study was previously submitted to Staff.
Thank you for your consideration
Vice President and General Manager of Imperial Johnson LLC
I am a long time advocate of more north/south mobility in Sugar Land, the closure of any street has a negative impact. As a former member of the Sugar Land City Council, a member of the Houston - Galveston Area Transportation Council for five years, and the Ft. Bend Mobility Committee, I have strongly support the proposed crossing of University BLVD into the Imperial Redevelopment project. This is the final section of this important mobility project.
As a resident on the north side for 30+ years, I have used everyone of the intersections multiple times, so there will be an impact regardless of whether Wood Street or Brookstreet is closed. However, given the fact the Imperial Redevelopment is going forward with the announced locations of the Ft. Bend Children's Discovery Center and The Sugar Land Heritage Museum, the forthcoming residential components that Planning / Zoning is now reviewing, the proposed office and retail space, as well as the potential for a hotel and entertainment venues in the former refinery site, the closing of Brookstreet would be detrimental to the redevelopment!
The Plan Development (PD) for this project shows the extension of Brookstreet into the redevelopment. The PD has been through both Planning & Zoning and City Council processes which included public hearings, traffic impact studies, etc. To close the Brookstreet crossing now would undermine the above City processes!