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Memorial Park land bridge, tunnels almost finished

It’s a brand new alignment for Memorial Drive and in the end, it’ll have one tunnel beneath every of the hills. It’s a serious milestone in a a lot bigger project.

HOUSTON — One of the huge land bridges at Memorial Park is nearly accomplished. Officials say the tunnels shall be opened to eastbound site visitors beginning round 11 a.m. on Monday.

It’s a brand new alignment for Memorial Drive and in the end, it’ll have one tunnel beneath every of the hills. It’s a serious milestone in a a lot bigger project.

The Land Bridge and Prairie project is supposed to attach the north and south sides of the park.

“The obvious part is the safe crossings for people and animals, but it’s much, much more than that,” said Memorial Park Conservancy President and CEO Shellye Arnold. “It’s also with the plantings that we’re doing and the restoration of the ecology, we’re bringing the ecology back to its native state, its native and healthy resilient state, which is as a native Gulf Coast prairie, which absorbs relatively more stormwater and absorbs relatively more carbon.”

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The whole project will create 100-acres of inexperienced house space. Arnold says these 35-foot-hills may have some fairly wonderful views of downtown and uptown.

The westbound tunnels are anticipated to open subsequent month and the whole Land Bridge and Prairie project needs to be finished by the tip of this year.

Watch drone video of the Memorial Park tunnels beneath:

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