• Construction Scheduled for High Valley Drive Safe Sidewalk Project

    Houston City Council Member Dave Martin is pleased to announce Houston Public Works will be  installing concrete sidewalks on High Valley Drive, between Kingwood Drive and Stately Oak Street.  The installation of this sidewalk will provide increased pedestrian safety for students attending  Riverwood Middle School. Council Member Martin was happy to allocate the funding in the amount of $82,052.49 from his Council District Service Funds.
    Construction is scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 8, and is expected to be completed Thursday, September 5, weather permitting.  Crews will operate between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.,  Monday through Friday, and weekends if necessary. Temporary lane closures and traffic delays are expected during construction hours.
    As a result of the construction activities, please be aware of flaggers and caution devices, like orange traffic control barriers, that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zone.
  • FEMA Awards Grant Funding for Additional Lake Houston Spillway Gates

    Houston City Council Member Dave Martin is excited to announce the District E office has received notification from the Honorable Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-02) regarding the award of The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal grants for the State of Texas Associated with Hurricane Harvey. Council Member Martin is most thrilled about the award of a Hazard Mitigation Grant through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) in the amount of $47,170,953 for the City of Houston Lake Houston Dam Spillway Improvement Project  (Federal Share $35,378,214.75, Non-Federal Share $11,792,738.25). This award is pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 404, and 44 CFR Part 206.434.
    Congressman Crenshaw announced to Council Member Martin:
    “Today FEMA approved nearly $3.3 million for Phase 1 of the gates at the Lake Houston Dam.  These gates will increase the flow out of Lake Houston significantly.  This money will ensure that the final design  will not impact downstream residents and will provide the anticipated relief to the Lake Houston area.  Increasing the conveyance will have positive impacts for the entire San Jacinto watershed including the East Fork and the West Fork.”
    It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Harvey devastated numerous cities along the Texas Coastline including the Kingwood and Lake Houston communities. Since August 27, 2017 Council Member Martin has stayed committed to finding solutions and identifying projects for the Lake Houston Area in order to reduce the risk of flooding and improving safety for residents. This is evident in the completion of the dredging along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, where nearly 2 million cubic yards of debris were removed earlier this year to re-establish flow and reduce blockages in the river caused by Hurricane Harvey.
    Additionally, Council Member Martin fought for the complete removal of the mouth-bar which is located at the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston south of Deerwood Country Club. The mouth-bar is currently in the process of being dredged and to date 250,000 cubic yards of sediment has been removed from this area. The current mouth-bar dredging project will remove nearly 500,000 cubic yards of debris associated with Hurricane Harvey. Council Member Martin along with help from Congressman Crenshaw continues to fight for the removal of even more material from the mouth-bar.
    These dredging efforts were just one part of Council Member Martin’s bigger picture for the Lake Houston Area to combat flooding, along with the installation of flood gates on the Lake Houston Spillway Dam. Council Member Martin has been working diligently over the last two years, with Congressman Crenshaw, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, State Senator Brandon Creighton, State Representative Dan Huberty, City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and City of Houston Chief Resiliency Officer Stephen Costello, to obtain flood control infrastructure for the City of Houston on the Lake Houston Spillway Dam.
    After hearing the news regarding the FEMA Award Council Member Martin had these words to say:
    “The Lake Houston Dam gates were always my number one priority as these additional gates give us the ability to proactively release water from Lake Houston in an expeditious fashion if needed during an emergency. Words cannot do justice to say how pleased I am knowing our gates will be built. It’s been 22 months of hard work and persistence. I am forever grateful to Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Governor Greg Abbott, Chief Nim Kidd, Senator Creighton, Representative Huberty, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Stephen Costello, former Chief Recovery Officer Marvin Odum, and Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s Field Representative Kaaren Cambio. Without these great leaders this project would’ve never come to fruition. We are truly blessed.”
    Funding for the City of Houston Lake Houston Dam Spillway Improvement Project is awarded directly to the State of Texas in full. Phase I funding will be released to the City of Houston from the State of Texas. Once those funds are released to the City of Houston the City will begin the process of permitting, engineering, design, and environmental assessment to increase the outflow capacity of the Lake Houston Spillway Dam. Once Phase I of the project is complete the City of Houston will renew the cost benefit analysis and submit to FEMA for their review. Upon their review of the completed cost benefit analysis after Phase I completion, the additional funds provided to the state of Texas for this project will be released to the City for completion of Phase II construction. Once the funding is received by the City of Houston the two phases are expected to be completed within thirty-six months, with the possibility of extension if needed. This is exciting news for the City of Houston, residents of Lake Houston and Kingwood.
    Along with the award of the City of Houston Lake Houston Dam Spillway Improvement Project Hazard Mitigation Grant FEMA has also announced three other grants impacting District E. Lonestar College’s Kingwood Campus has been awarded two public assistance grants for Emergency Protective Measures in the amounts of $6,276,131.22 and $2,502,914.79. Clear Creek Independent School District was also awarded a public assistance grant for Emergency Protective Measures in the amount of $1,303,060.49. The funding for these three grants is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
  • Complete Pavement Replacement Scheduled for Ellington Airport/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center

    Houston City Council Member Dave Martin is pleased to announce Houston Public Works has started a complete pavement replacement at  Ellington Airport/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center. Over the last couple of years, Council Member Martin has provided patching of potholes within the recycling center. Understanding these asphalt patches are often short term solutions, Council Member Martin continued to push for a more substantial long-term project, which has been secured. The scope of work includes replacing all existing asphalt with concrete to improve driving conditions and to preserve and prolong the life of the road base.
    The work is  expected to be completed by October 2019, weather permitting. To maintain access to the recycling containers, c rews have sectioned the work so they begin working outside the fence allowing accessibility to the containers.  There will be a barricade and traffic cones outlining the safe pathway to the containers. Once the first phase is complete, residents will be able to drive on the newly poured concrete to access the recycling containers while crews begin work on the opposite side. Crews will be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.
    After the work outside of the fencing has been completed, crews will begin replacing the pavement inside the fence where the containers are located. At that time, it will be determined by the City of Houston Solid Waste Department if the site will need to be closed for the remainder of the project. Once this decision is made, Council Member Martin will make sure to communicate this change to residents as he understand the importance of having access to this facility. Council Member Martin hopes to limit the number of accessibility issues to the facility during this pavement replacement, but encourages patience from residents as this project is underway. Council Member Martin will provide updates on access to the recycling center on his Facebook page and Twitter.
  • Construction Scheduled for South Shaver Street Safe Sidewalk Project

    Houston City Council Member Dave Martin is pleased to announce, in an effort to provide increased pedestrian mobility as well as safety, Houston Public Works will be  installing concrete sidewalks and wheelchair ramps on the east side of South Shaver, from 4415 South Shaver Street to the driveway at Yes Prep Southeast Public School, 353 Crenshaw Road, Houston, Texas 77034.
    Construction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 7, and is expected to be completed Wednesday, August 28, weather permitting. Crews will begin work at the Yes Prep Southeast Public School driveway and work towards 4415 South Shaver Street. Crews will operate between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will not be permitted to close or use heavy equipment on traveling lanes between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lane closures are expected between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. As a result of the construction activities, please be aware of flaggers and caution devices, like orange traffic control barriers, that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zone.
    The installation of this sidewalk became a priority for Council Member Martin after an administrator at Yes Prep Public Schools  contacted the District E office regarding the lack of sidewalk for students traveling to and from Yes Prep Southeast Public School.  To address the safety hazards the lack of sidewalk posed,  Council Member Martin was happy to allocate $80,904.00 from Council District Service Funds for the installation of the sidewalk.
  • City Adds Additional Cooling Centers for Residents to Escape the Heat

    While Houston is experiencing a nice break from the intense summer heat and humidity this week, residents will have more options to keep cool when the temperatures begin to climb.

    The City of Houston has designated the Kingwood Community Center (4102 Rustic Woods Dr, Kingwood, TX 77345) as a new cooling center and has partnered with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia to give Houstonians access to five additional facilities, including the Bay Area Community Center (5002 Nasa Pkwy, Seabrook, TX 77586).

    “We are currently enjoying a break in the heat and humidity, but it won’t last long,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I want all residents to have a safe place to get relief from the summer heat. The addition of the new centers in Kingwood and Clear Lake will provide more easily accessible cooling centers for residents who might who have no other place to escape the dangerous heat.”

    The newly designated locations are in addition to 11 Reliant Energy Beat the Heat Centers located at Houston Health Department multi-service centers. People are also welcome to take advantage of air conditioning at dozens of other public facilities during normal hours.

    “During these extreme heat days, it is critical that our most vulnerable have access to a safe and easily accessible space such as a community center to cool off,” Commissioner Adrian Garcia said. “I am pleased to be able to partner with Mayor Turner, and the City of Houston’s Health Department to ensure that our cooling centers are made available to all Harris County residents.”

    City Council member Dave Martin represents the Kingwood and Clear Lake areas.

    “During the initial roll out of the Beat the Heat facilities District E residents had to drive over 20 minutes to the nearest location, Council Member Martin said. After working with Mayor Turner and Commissioner Garcia’s Office the last couple of weeks I am more than happy that these new locations in District E are more easily accessible to residents. I know that District E residents will greatly appreciate access to these facilities during these hot summer months.”

    High body temperatures can lead to damage to the brain or other vital organs and even death. Fifteen people in Houston and Harris County died due to heat-related illnesses in 2018.

    Older adults, infants, children, people who are overweight and those with heart and respiratory illnesses are most vulnerable heat-related illness. The Houston Health Department recommends the following precautions:

    • Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual — and don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
    • Take breaks if working outdoors. Schedule work in the morning or evening.
    • Cool off by going to a cooling center (multi-service centers) or other facility open to the public such as libraries, malls, or community centers if you don’t have air conditioning.
    • Check on vulnerable people like young children, older adults and those who live alone.

    A list of Reliant Beat the Heat Centers, Houston Public Library locations, Houston Parks and Recreation Community Centers and Harris County Precinct 2 Community Centers is available on the Houston Health Department website.

  • El Dorado Boulevard Widening Project Begins

    Houston, TX – Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Clear Lake residents aware Harris County Precinct 2 will begin the El Dorado Boulevard widening project by removing trees near the existing sidewalk along the western side of El  Dorado Boulevard, between Clear Lake City Boulevard and Horsepen Bayou, the week of Monday, July 29, 2019. The removal is expected to be completed within three weeks, weather permitting.
    On November 30, 2017, Council Member Martin and Harris County Precinct 2 hosted a public meeting to gather public input regarding the three alignment options for this widening project. The City of Houston continued to gather public input  through December 15, 2017. Following the public input period, Houston Public Works reviewed over 200 comments regarding the project. An overwhelming majority of residents were in favor of Alignment 3, which includes a 17-foot median, 12-foot driving lanes, and a 10-foot hike and bike path . Alignment 3 also has the least impact to trees.  On January 22, 2018, Council Member Martin published the  Project Status Report  in a press release here .
    As there are over 1000 trees planted along this easement of El Dorado Boulevard, less than 10% will be removed. The tree removal process is necessary in order for  CenterPoint to begin relocating their power lines.  Crews will be on site, removing trees, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Following the tree removal and the relocation of the CenterPoint power lines, Harris County Precinct 2 will begin widening the roadway.
    All trees being removed will be replanted within the project boundaries, if not mor e . The 100 to 150 newly replanted trees will support the new landscape as well as decrease the need for maintenance on the newly installed hike and bike path. This new hike and bike path will not only improve connectivity in the area, but increase Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility.
    Construction on the roadway is expected to begin early this fall and take 18 months to complete, weather permitting. This work  should not require any lane closures on El Dorado Boulevard.  A s a result of these activities, please be aware of pedestrian traffic control efforts to ensure pedestrian safety. The District E office will continue to provide updates throughout the duration of the project.
  • Today: Intersection Overlay Scheduled for Woodland Hills at Northpark Drive

    Houston, TX –  Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Kingwood residents aware the Woodland Hills at Northpark Drive overlay project is scheduled to begin today, Tuesday, July 23. The project was previously rescheduled to begin earlier this month, but was delayed due to issues with the previous contractor. A new contractor has been assigned to the project, which is the reason for additional delays and new hours.
    The  scope of work includes resurfacing the asphalt street. This process includes milling off an approximate 2-inch layer of old asphalt, repairing the base as needed, spraying tack coat and overlaying 2 inches of new asphalt surface pavement. An overlay at this intersection has not been completed since Council Member Martin has been in office and is well overdue. The cost of the project is $134,415.70, which is being funded through Council Member Martin’s Fiscal Year 2018 Council District Service Funds.
    The project is scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 23 and will be completed by Monday, August 5, weather permitting. Crews are expected to work between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in an effort to avoid peak traffic hours. There is no weekend work expected at this time. Once the mill and overlay are complete, crews will return Thursday, August 1 to begin permanent striping of the crosswalks and saw cut the loop detectors.
    As a result of the construction activities, please be aware of flagmen and orange traffic cones that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zon e.  Temporary lane closures and traffic delays are expected during construction hours.
    Residents are encouraged to find alternate routes throughout the duration of the project. For access to the communities north of Northpark Drive and Woodland Hills, the suggested alternate routes are as follows: Glade Valley to Chanay Lane, Forest Bluff, and Bassingham Drive.
  • Delayed: Miles Street Roadway Pavement Replacement Project Scheduled

    Houston, TX – Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Northshore area residents aware Miles Street Road Pavement Replacement Project has been delayed to begin the week of Monday, August 5 due to issues regarding the traffic control plan. For the safety of pedestrians, drivers, and nearby residents, Council Member Martin would like to ensure the best fit traffic control plan is implemented before beginning construction.
    The project will replace the existing asphalt with concrete to improve safety and mobility on Miles Street from Market Street to Industrial Road. The scope of work includes replacement of the roadway pavement, manhole adjusting, and re-grading the roadside ditches to facilitate drainage. The project is expected to be completed by end of February 2020, weather permitting.
    Crews will be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The project will be completed in 10 phases, block by block. Crews will begin in the southbound lane, between Ellen Lane and Industrial Road. Once that phase is complete, crews will begin in the northbound lane, between Ellen Lane and Industrial Road. Crews will continue moving northward, alternating southbound lane to northbound lane, until crews reach Market Street. Please see the map below for reference.
    Residents and business owners should be aware individual driveways could be inaccessible for approximately 5 days however temporary driveway access will be provided. Once construction begins on the street, crews will give residences and business owners 72 hours notice in advance.
    A s a result of the construction activities, please be aware of flagmen and orange traffic cones that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zone as temporary lane closures are expected.  Residents may experience an increase in noise levels due to trucks and equipment in the area.
    This project is being funded through the City of Houston’s Dedicated Drainage and Street Renewal Fund in the amount of the $2,568,358.83.  For those who were unable to attend the July 9 Public Meeting regarding this project, the presentation ,  Frequently Asked Questions document (in English and Spanish ) and project map are available here .  Questions or comments related to this project may be sent directly to Houston Public Works by emailing buildforward@houstontx.gov .
  • Harris County Flood Control District to Begin Maintenance on Taylor Gully

    Houston, TX –  Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Kingwood and Lake Houston residents aware the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has  completed a comprehensive field investigation and will begin a desilt project on the upstream portion of Taylor Gully from Bassingham to the Harris County line. The work is expected to be completed by September 2019, weather permitting.
    This maintenance project became a priority for Council Member Martin after the May 2019 rain events that flooded over 300 homes in the Kingwood community. During these rain events, intense rainfall rates  greatly exceeded internal and primary drainage system capabilities resulting in significant and at times deep street flooding and sheetflow. On May 8, City of Houston contractors, as well as Harris County Flood Control District, investigated their designated drainage systems and determined the flooding was potentially caused by development upstream in Montgomery County that sent large volumes of sheetflow into the Elm Grove subdivision and Taylor Gully (G103-80-03-1).
    Due to this area being an orphan channel, HCFCD could not begin corrective maintenance on Taylor Gully until obtaining a Right-of-Way Transfer from the City of Houston. This item was originally scheduled to be on the City Council Agenda the week of July 15, but has been postponed until the Houston City Council Meeting on Wednesday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. Due to the delay, Council Member Martin requested and was successful in getting a Temporary Right-of-Entry granted on Friday, July 12, to allow Harris County Flood Control District the opportunity to mobilize equipment and begin maintenance as scheduled on Monday, July 15.
    This work effort will include desilting the channel, reconstructing the backslope interceptor structures, installing new backslope interceptor pipes, regrading backslope swales, installing new gates and signs, and resetting the covers of the “E type” inlets that have been damaged.
    Crews are expected to work during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This work  should not require any lane closures and residents may experience an increase in noise levels during construction hours due to trucks and equipment in the area.
    After completing this reach of channel, HCFCD staff will investigate Taylor Gully further downstream, where HCFCD completed a desilt job in the spring of 2019. HCFCD will open up any constrictions and desilt the channel if necessary.
    For more information on the project, please contact Harris County Flood Control by visiting this link or calling (713) 684-4000.
  • Hurricane Harvey Recovery Centers and Survey Are Open

    Houston, TX – Council Member Dave Martin would like to remind residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey to apply for assistance through  recovery programs and resources under the City of Houston Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP).
    The Recovery Survey is the first step and tool to direct residents to the appropriate recovery program and to help the City prioritize those with urgent needs. No documentation is required to take the Recovery Survey, and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. While priority will be given to low and moderate income homeowners, assistance is available to homeowners of all income levels. An Intake Specialist will contact you after you complete the Survey regarding next steps.
    The survey can be taken: 
    If you need assistance filling out the Survey, please call 832-393-0550 or visit one of the stationary HRC’s:
    • Northeast: 9551 N. Wayside, Houston, Texas 77028
    • Northwest: 13101 Northwest Freeway [Hwy. 290], Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77040
    • Southwest: 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77036
    • Southeast: 11550 Fuqua St., 3rd floor, Houston, Texas 77036 (in District E)
    The stationary centers are open Monday and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. These centers are closed on Sundays. For a map, please click here.
    The City received the $1.17 billion for housing recovery through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Texas General Land Office. The recovery funds include the HoAP, which offers five program options including:
    • Reimbursement for completed repairs
    • Homeowner-managed rehabilitation
    • City-managed rehabilitation and reconstruction
    • Buyouts
    • Interim mortgage assistance.
    For more information regarding this program, please contact the Houston Recovery Center by calling 832-393-0550 .