As the Port of Galveston plans for growth, improving traffic flow is a big piece of our strategy. I’d like to share a number of things we’re working on to reduce traffic on Harborside Drive and make it safer for pedestrians to cross between downtown and the waterfront.

Read the First Look at the Draft Port of Galveston Master Plan.

WALKOVER AT 25TH STREET

We’ll soon begin a $2.3 million improvement project to reopen the covered walkover at 25th Street, making it safer and easier for cruise passengers and visitors to cross Harborside Drive. Closed in 2008 due to Hurricane Ike, the walkover will be open to all, not just the more than 1 million cruise passengers expected to pass through cruise terminals 1 and 2 this year.

Improvements will include air conditioning, escalators on each side and an elevator on the waterfront side to make the walkover easier to use and handicap-accessible. Pedestrians will access it on the downtown side at the city transit terminal at 25th and Strand. On the waterfront side, pedestrians will access it outside of Cruise Terminal 1.

Wayfinding signs, a walkway and landscaping will encourage cruise passengers and visitors to walk along the waterfront to visit restaurants and attractions between the cruise terminals and Pier 19. With its new configuration, we also expect the walkover to encourage cruise passengers to visit Galveston’s historic downtown.

INTERIOR PORT ROAD

Harborside Drive was designed and built long before the Port of Galveston became the fourth busiest cruise port in the U.S. Last year we also moved 4 million tons of cargo, some of it by truck down Harborside.

To alleviate Harborside traffic, we’re improving and expanding the interior port road known as Old Port Industrial.

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