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When I left the office today I could see that the barricades were down on the Allen Parkway side and a couple of people on the bridge. A news van was there so I don't know if it was open, or they were doing a spot or what.

No leaf or debris build-up yet in the art that I could spot, but it shouldn't take long. I think we should turn them into giant change jars, and when they get full, use the money to trade in for more sculpture.

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Kinda surprised no one else is talking about the other bridge that it appears that they are building near Scott.

Edit: Sorry for the pics being kinda small. Accidentally deleted the good ones.

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Oh whoops!! Posted in the wrong thread. What a n00b lol

Edit: Can a moderator please delete this post and move my post about the new bridge to the Brays Bayou thread? Sorry for being a dumbass tongue.gif

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Well, rode the bridge today. I like it. Very beautiful design and there are already tons of people using it to get across Memorial and the bayou. The only flaws I see/felt so far was that the bridge is a little bumpy... would think it could be a little smoother in some areas but I'd imagine most people that walk or run wouldn't notice as I did on my bike. Also felt that the words "slow" and "stop" at the crossing point where both bridges connected was kinda unnecessary.. no one is going to stop. Not even the cop that was on her bike stopped where it said to stop. I didn't either... I slowed down when was kids crossed my path but that was about it.

Annnyway, here are some pics of the bridge that I took around 5pm:

From upper Memorial

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Here's the "slow" mark on the concrete I was talking about. That's understandable to have "slow" there, but like I said, no one is going to follow "stop."

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View from the upper bridge:

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...and looking down towards the lower bridge:

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Memorial... looking at upper bridge:

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The entrance to the lower bridge from Memorial:

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Coming from Allen Parkway:

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Well, rode the bridge today. I like it. Very beautiful design and there are already tons of people using it to get across Memorial and the bayou. The only flaws I see/felt so far was that the bridge is a little bumpy... would think it could be a little smoother in some areas but I'd imagine most people that walk or run wouldn't notice as I did on my bike. Also felt that the words "slow" and "stop" at the crossing point where both bridges connected was kinda unnecessary.. no one is going to stop. Not even the cop that was on her bike stopped where it said to stop. I didn't either... I slowed down when was kids crossed my path but that was about it.

Thanks for the story and pics. I set out to cross this bridge as well and did so today. I made the trip from roughly the Richmond @ Montrose intersection and went all the way to the bridge and went west down the trail to Westcott and back. I haven't ventured this far north and west on my bike yet and it was my first time riding along Buffalo Bayou. I must say I was floored by the potential, of course the trails were crap and there was a lot of overgrowth but the future looks bright with that very large donation.

As for the bridge, seems very functional and utilitarian, and there's nothing wrong with that in this case. I wish the bridge continued on over Allen Parkway as it was a bit intimidating and inconvenient to cross Allen Parkway on bike coming from south Montrose, at least for the first time. I took both sections of the bridge and did quite a bit of riding. The weather was perfect and there were tons of people out on their bikes throughout my trips and tons of people on the trail itself. Hopefully next time I can stop and take some pics.

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Well, rode the bridge today. I like it. Very beautiful design and there are already tons of people using it to get across Memorial and the bayou. The only flaws I see/felt so far was that the bridge is a little bumpy... would think it could be a little smoother in some areas but I'd imagine most people that walk or run wouldn't notice as I did on my bike. Also felt that the words "slow" and "stop" at the crossing point where both bridges connected was kinda unnecessary.. no one is going to stop. Not even the cop that was on her bike stopped where it said to stop. I didn't either... I slowed down when was kids crossed my path but that was about it.

Were you on a road bike? I didn't think it was bumpy, not anymore then other regular sidewalks. I agree with the 'stop' words, pointless.

Overall I like the bridge, nice to have an option to cross without having to go all the way over to Waugh or Sabine. And I bet the 'dog park' will get more crowded since people can walk over now from the apartments on the north side.

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As for the bridge, seems very functional and utilitarian, and there's nothing wrong with that in this case. I wish the bridge continued on over Allen Parkway as it was a bit intimidating and inconvenient to cross Allen Parkway on bike coming from south Montrose, at least for the first time.

I agree. The feeder roads were designed for automobiles with little regard for pedestrians or cyclists. As an alert, law-abiding person who has suffered personal injury from careless drivers, your fears are not groundless.

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The bridge is cool. I like its low-key design. its lighting, and the new connection it makes for peds and bikers.

I am a bit concerned about the leg which extends to the south side of Memorial Drive. If one should not pay attention to the "SLOW" signs (just saying!:blush: ), one might find oneself in the middle of Memorial Drive where the speed limit is 50 mph. I would like to see a better guard at the foot of that leg.

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http://houston.cultu...idge-architect/

some more pics and an interview with one of the designers

"JM: It remains to be seen how much of an icon it would be. I can't say. I hope so. There are also two more major bridge connections planned for pedestrians across the bayou, with the hope that those bridges will also be pretty exciting, intensive projects. I think there's the possibility to create a string of unique bridges and have them together be an icon."

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http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8394421

Meeting tonight and Thursday at De Pelchin Children's Center - Buffalo Bayou Partnership is showing off their latest plans for Shepherd to Sabine stretch of Buffalo Bayou.

More info in the project can be found here - http://www.buffalobayou.org/shepherdsabine.html

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I went to the event yesterday and was blown away by the plans. I hope they upload the renderings soon, but, essentially, they are treating this as Houston's "Central Park." The amenities the newly-redone park will have combined with the expanded and dedicated wilderness areas will create a truly beautiful, usable park.

In short, there will be:

- at least 2 opportunities for restaurants/cafes

- a formal dog park with a small pond for the dogs

- another pond for kids and people who casually want to interact with the water

- new wetlands

- thousands of new native trees

- the removal of exotic-species plants

- a sizable budget for ongoing maintenance of the bayou and its surroundings

- 2 concert venues, dozens of art spaces

- dozens of canoe launch sites and rentals

- new trails including different types of trails through different parts of the park

- better connection to the surrounding communities

- 3 new pedestrian bridges, etc.

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I went to the event yesterday and was blown away by the plans. I hope they upload the renderings soon, but, essentially, they are treating this as Houston's "Central Park." The amenities the newly-redone park will have combined with the expanded and dedicated wilderness areas will create a truly beautiful, usable park.

This is great that people are excited, now hopefully those who who are enthused by this will help promote and raise funds for the stretch from UHD to the Lockwood bridge. It only took San Antonio a few dozen years to realize their viable waterway/waterfront actually stretched past the tourist zone of downtown, south to the missions. We can do better.

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Swamplot has details and pretty renderings.

http://swamplot.com/...te+Landscape%29

Very ambitious plans include:

3 new pedestrian bridges (Shepherd, Jackson Hill, Police Memorial)

A small Lake near Dunlavy and Allen Pkwy

Detailed/Large map can be found here, courtesy of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

EDIT: Ambitious.. but seems a lot more doable than their previous plan which included getting rid of the cloverleaf and adding numerous small lakes and boat launches there. They already have half the money raised for this project. Scheduled completion: 2015.

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Here's an article posted by the folks over at Swamplot today - http://swamplot.com/...vie/2012-02-10/ - regarding the area-wide interconnected bayou plan being proposed.

It includes this video...

By clicking on the 'vimeo' link at the bottom-right of the media player above, it'll take you to the Vimeo site itself with that video. In the suggested links, there are other videos for other cities in the country (e.g., Atlanta, Cleveland).

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I've been trying to follow this thread, apologies if this has already been answered...

Has this been approved? Funding secured?

Is the work that is going on now part of this master plan? They have been repaving sidewalks and have signage of bike trails closed (though everyone just rides around them).

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I was out running the dog today, and ran in to a group of 6 that appeared to be surveying and taking pictures. When I asked one of them what they were doing, he said "trying to save trees". Talked to another guy, he said they were from the City of Houston and the Parks Department, and confirmed that they were working on the Buffalo Bayou Master Plan. He described the new pathways, dog park, lakes, and stage.

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rode my bike through all sorts of new construction along the bayou this weekend and it was SWEET (and hot as hell!)... and that's just the trails. they've been busy working on all sorts of new trails from shepherd all the way to downtown. they still have a ways to go but we're beginning to see the first signs of the master plan fall into place. this may be my single favorite project in the city.

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Many of the trails are repaved, its looking good and being utilized heavily.

I saw some construction on the bayou by downtown, not sure if its part of the Master Plan (they don't show anything east of the Sabine Street bridge in an renderings I've seen). It appears they are building some sort of bridge or structure at bayou level, very close to where Capitol/Rusk/45 goes over the bayou. I didn't have my phone on me but next time I'll take a pic.

Anyone know what's going on over there?

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Many of the trails are repaved, its looking good and being utilized heavily.

I saw some construction on the bayou by downtown, not sure if its part of the Master Plan (they don't show anything east of the Sabine Street bridge in an renderings I've seen). It appears they are building some sort of bridge or structure at bayou level, very close to where Capitol/Rusk/45 goes over the bayou. I didn't have my phone on me but next time I'll take a pic.

Anyone know what's going on over there?

There is already a bike/pedestrian bridge nearby. I'd be surprised if they were building a second so close.

http://goo.gl/maps/gSLKz

What'd be nice is a separate bridge near UH to connect the Heights Bike Trail to downtown, but I don't see anything in the plan. Right now, you have to use Main, which is under construction, or cut over to Milam (high-speed I-10 freeway exit) or Fannin.

http://goo.gl/maps/qw7b9

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honestly it almost looked like they were building a dam. I have no idea what it was, but it is at the water level, not like the bike/ped bridge just south. and it appeared to be a pretty big project.

agree on the UH Downtown area. Or at the least i hope they build a good way to even get to the north side of the trail. Right now i cut over to Travis and go on the sidewalk (since its one way the wrong way). Even when Main is done that's not a great way on a bike.

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rode by today along the north side of buffalo bayou, the construction i was referring to is between Capitol and Rusk. snapped some pics:

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The last pic is looking up from the north bank (facing NW), you can see the edge of the Capitol bridge on the top right.

Is this going to be a vehicle bridge? Doesn't make any sense...

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rode by today along the north side of buffalo bayou, the construction i was referring to is between Capitol and Rusk. snapped some pics:

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The last pic is looking up from the north bank (facing NW), you can see the edge of the Capitol bridge on the top right.

Is this going to be a vehicle bridge? Doesn't make any sense...

It's a light rail bridge.

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Does this new PDF show any new features? http://www.buffalobayou.org/documents/BuffaloBayoupark.pdf it has a new rendering that i have never seen

Page 4 of this PDF has a cool new rendering too

http://www.buffalobayou.org/documents/FINALNovember_December2012BuffaloBayouPark-IntheWorksConstructionE-News.pdf

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whats the deal with Houston trying to get the Buffalo Bayou park to be Nationally registered or something, so that they can get federal funding for the park? ive heard about this a few times the last couple days.. apparently it should pass. i wonder if that will have any effect on fast forwarding other segments of the master plan with the new inflow of money.

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