Access Management Studies

What is Access Management?

Access management is a transportation strategy that reduces and consolidates entry and exit points between roadways and adjacent land uses. These access points, commonly in the form of driveways, medians, and interchanges, are designed to maximize safety at efficient road capacities and speeds.

Past Studies

H–GAC commissioned a study to determine the effectiveness and feasibility of recommendations made in previous access management studies—specifically, whether or not purported benefits from implemented improvements are actually realized. This assessment would help determine the usefulness of access management studies in the Region, and quantify the benefits of access management projects for policy makers and local governments.

H-GAC conducted an access management study on BF 1960 to identify transportation improvements that reduce crashes, improve traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, and address multimodal/land use context.

BF 1960 is a two-lane arterial that serves as an east/west route for access to area businesses and residences, and connects to major intersecting roadways, including FM 1960 and US 59.

The corridor study area is the southern section of BF 1960 — from FM 1960 West (just west of Lee Road) to FM 1960 East (east of Humble) — and is approximately 4 miles in length.

The corridor study area is defined as the southern section of FM 1092/Murphy Road from SH 6 South to Dove Country Road just north of the Missouri City city limit.

Murphy Road is a major north-south arterial, which provides connections between US Highway 90A to north and SH 6 to the south.

The purpose of this study is to identify transportation improvements that reduce crashes, improve traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, and to address multi-model/land use context. The study will collect sufficient information to measure and evaluate a range of viable short and long-term improvement concepts. This study will address cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of various solutions. The study shall conclude with the identification of recommended improvements along with an implementation schedule.

The access management study of Farm-to-Market Road 1092 will extend from US 59 (Southwest Freeway) south to the intersection of Dove Country Drive in unincorporated Fort Bend County (approximately 2.45 miles).

The study will identify a range of transportation and streetscape recommendations, based on current traffic and development conditions. These short, intermediate, and long–term recommendations are mention to improve mobility and traffic flow, increase safety, incorporate appropriate multi–modal solutions, and enhance the aesthetics of the corridor.

H-GAC conducted an access management study to identify short-range and longrange transportation improvements along the Westheimer corridor in order to improve traffic flow and to enhance the physical character of the corridor.

The purpose of this study of access management needs and opportunities on FM 1764, from SH 146 to 14th Street in Texas City, is to identify and evaluate a range of viable short, medium, and long-term improvement concepts that will improve safety and mobility, reduce crash rates, and reduce traffic delays. These initiatives should in turn result in enhanced land use and preservation of property values along the corridor.

H-GAC conducted an Access Management Study of FM 1960 to evaluate the 7 mile corridor from Mills Road just west of SH 249 to Gatewick Drive just east of IH 45. The purpose of the study was to recommend access management tools that can be implemented to reduce traffic delay and improve mobility and safety.

H-GAC completed a corridor study of FM 2920 from US 290 to I-45. The purpose of the study is to identify transportation measures that will improve public safety and traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, enhance air quality, and improve pedestrian and bicycle access.

The access management study for Farm-to-Market Road 517 are from the intersection of Cemetery Road east to Gum Bayou in Dickinson, TX (approximately 6.7 miles); and for State Highway 3, from the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 518 in League City, Texas, south to Hughes Road in Dickinson, Texas (approximately 5 miles). Approximately 2.7 miles of the State Highway 3 corridor are located in League City.

The purpose of this study is to examine current land development and traffic conditions, along both corridors and identify appropriate transportation improvements, land use policies, and development concepts to increase safety, improve mobility, and enhance aesthetics and economic development within the project area.

The purpose of this corridor study is to identify transportation measures to improve public safety and traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, enhance air quality, and improve bicycle and pedestrian access on FM 518.

H-GAC conducted an access management study on SH 105 to develop a set of recommendations to improve safety, mobility, and quality of life along SH 105 between Loop 336 in Conroe to US 59 in Cleveland.

H-GAC is conducting an access management and traffic mobility study for the southern portion of the SH 249 corridor from IH 45 to BW 8 in Harris County. This segment of SH 249 is approximately 7.2 miles in length. The purpose of the study is to identify short, medium, and long-range transportation improvements to improve safety, traffic flow and reduce motorist delay.

The first study of SH6 examined the corridor from FM521 to I-10. The purpose of the study was to identify transportation measures that will improve public safety and traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, enhance air quality, and improved pedestrian and bicycle access.

A study of transportation improvements to the northern section of State Highway 6 /FM 1960 and FM 529 access management. The SH 6 Corridor Access Management Study North project limits include: SH 6 from north of IH 10 at Park Row to SH 6/FM 1960 and Mills Road; and FM 529 from Greenhouse Road to US 290.

A study of transportation improvements to the southern section of State Highway 6 from FM 521 to IH 45 South. The Access Management Study encompassed the communities of Arcola, Alvin, Manvel, Santa Fe, Hitchcock and Bayou Vista; and Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties.

H-GAC conducted an access management study on portions of US Highway 90A and other roadways in the Richmond–Rosenberg area. The study evaluated US Highway 90A, Farm-to-Market Road 1640, and a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 762 within the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg, Texas. The combined length of all roadways in the study area is approximately 12.4 miles.