Frustration over road conditions has prompted Houston’s newly elected Mayor, Sylvester Turner, to focus more resources on road repairs and infrastructure maintenance. Mayor Turner campaigned on a promise to make 24 hour pothole repairs an official city policy, saying that a well maintained road network is critical for Houston’s success. For IAH workers using Greens Road, this help couldn’t possibly come soon enough.
“Yes seriously they need to take care this matter,” said Farooq Khan, who has to drive Greens Road each day as he commutes to work. Khan pointed out that he has noticed the problems with Greens Road for “two decades or more.” Another IAH Worker, Christopher Winkelmann, agreed, saying, “That road is terrible for vehicles to drive on. It's about time somebody said something.”
In response to the brokedown roads surrounding IAH, many Local 811 members have begun a citizen-led lobbying effort to ensure that Greens Road, as well as other roads in and out of the airport, are not forgotten. Members Marlon Figueroa and Carter Michael have directly asked City officials about the poor condition of Greens Road, and shared the responses they got from the city with coworkers. The emails, which can be found on the IAH Ramp Virtual Union Board Facebook Group page, states that a design contract is being developed, which will completely reconstruct Greens Road. Work on the project is set to begin sometime around September of 2017, and will involve the construction of a four lane road, storm drainage, curbs, sidewalks and better lighting. Until then, regular maintenance will be available.
Local 811 members can help improve everyone's commute to work by downloading the Houston 311 app and using it to report road maintenance issues.
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