Conceptual schematic of Hillcroft Drive

Gulfton's Main Street: Hillcroft Safety Assessment

TEI led development of a new vision for Hillcroft Avenue, to improve safety for all users along the primary commercial corridor in the Gulfton neighborhood of Houston. This effort focused on defining implementable short- and long-term design changes to improve safety along Hillcroft Avenue between Bellaire Boulevard and High Star Drive/Westward Street.

download “Gulfton’s Main Street: A New Vision for Hillcroft Avenue” final report (82 mb PDF)

Spurred by the Mayor’s Safer Streets Initiative, the nonprofit Connect Community championed this project with Together for Safer Roads. TEI worked closely with Houston Public Works to define a new multimodal vision for the Hillcroft corridor. The City pledged funding and implementation is underway.

TEI completed a rigorous process of data analysis, led public engagement, and managed weekly involvement with a group of seven local high school students who were part of the Summer Safety Internship. This seven-week program recruited students who live in Gulfton and go to school and work near the study area to participate in the safety assessment and help develop recommendations.

These students participated in every phase of project development, from the first public meeting to the final presentation of recommendations to the City. They provided invaluable insight for the project team to help tailor recommendations to what the community really wanted and needed.

The plan identified three transformative projects for implementation within 1 to 3 years:

  • redesign Hillcroft as Gulfton’s Main Street by reallocating space from cars to people with an enhanced pedestrian realm, optimized bus stops, beautification, and a new traffic signal;
  • create High Star Community Plaza; and
  • construct a 10’ shared use path along Westward to link new Hillcroft bikeways to Gulfton destinations.


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