The Shepherd Durham Project: Community Revitalization for all Commuters

It’s been a little over two years since we broke ground on The Shepherd Durham Project and began the work to make critical improvements to the area. This project aims to create a safer community, and today, we’re sharing updates on the progress, along with what’s to come in the months ahead.

Phase 1 of the project, covering the stretch from 15th Street to the 610 loop, is well underway and expected to be completed in the fall of 2025. Currently, we’re focused on finishing the southern portion of phase 1, particularly the area between 15th and 20th streets. Those driving through the area now will see pavers being installed and trees being planted, enhancing the streetscape for all users. When the project concludes, commuters will see more than 600 new trees lining the streets as they make their way to their destination.

Paving has progressed north of 24th on Durham and is currently underway between 20th and 24th on Shepherd. It will be followed by the construction of residential and business driveways and sidewalks, further improving connectivity and accessibility for all residents and visitors.

On Durham, construction is progressing on the east side of the roadway pavement, and we are continuing to install pavers, streetlights and planters. Trees will receive additional supplemental watering for two years after they are planted. We are also continuing with the final water line replacements and are focusing on storm sewer installation and paving.

As we started construction last year, we discovered that the Centerpoint gas line under Shepherd was not located as shown on the record drawings. The location of the line delayed our paving work from 15th-610. The line has been replaced in sections and was successfully completed on March 4, 2024, allowing us to proceed with the road construction on Shepherd all the way to I-610. There are always surprises on projects of this size, especially in older areas, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of the community.

Looking ahead to Phase 2 of the project, which will cover the area between I-10 and 15th Street. Construction is expected to begin later this year, with an estimated timeline of approximately three years. It’s important to note that projects of this magnitude, especially in older areas, often come with surprises along the way. Construction timelines are subject to change due to factors like weather and unforeseen challenges during construction.

Ultimately, the Shepherd and Durham Project will tackle issues like high crash rates, limited pedestrian access, flooding, and congestion. Not only will it bring continuous pedestrian and bicycle pathways, new street lighting, and tree-lined streets, but it also includes upgrades to stormwater infrastructure and aging water and wastewater pipes. These much-needed roadway improvements will span from I-10 to I-610, revitalizing an area that hasn’t seen significant updates since the 1950s.

Stay tuned for updates and be part of building a better community. For updates on the progress of The Shepherd Durham Project, visit shepherddurham.com and sign up for email updates here.

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Street Closure This Week

The City of Houston has scheduled a temporary water service outage from Monday, April 15, starting at 9:00 p.m. through Tuesday, April 16, ending at 5:00 a.m. Notices have been distributed to the affected residents and businesses.

The dates may change due to weather conditions. Stay informed about any updates by visiting ShepherdDurham.com.