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.