Galveston, TX (November 4, 2019) – The Port of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves approved an agreement between TranSystems Corporation and the port to perform a traffic study in the amount of $179,906.00. A portion of this cost, approximately $22,000 will be funded from the port’s master plan budget, allocated for a traffic circulation model.
The study will assess traffic on Harborside Drive, existing port roadways, and proposed port roadways using a combination of analysis, computer modeling, site visits, traffic counters, and cameras. Port staff and engineers from TranSystems will produce a report and animations that will present the results from the traffic study.
“The port is experiencing unprecedented growth, primarily in its cruise division. The focus of this particular traffic study is to determine how to mitigate impacts and improve traffic flow from additional cruise traffic for the proposed third cruise terminal at Pier 10”, said Rodger Rees, CEO and Port Director.
The scope of the study includes collecting and validating traffic data at 25 intersections along Harborside Drive and Broadway, forecasting future traffic conditions out to 20 years in the future, operational/capacity analysis of the conceptual master plan roadway, and creating a simulation to evaluate the access roads to Cruise Terminal 3 and the adjacent parking areas.
Port officials anticipate the results of this detailed study to be available by early 2020. As additional information is gathered, the master plan will be updated with the results.
About the Port of Galveston
Perfectly situated at the entrance to Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Wharves has been a thriving maritime commercial center since 1825. Just 30 minutes from open seas, the 840-acre port has infrastructure and assets to serve growing cruise, cargo and commercial businesses. As the fourth busiest U.S. cruise port, it welcomed almost 1 million cruise passengers in 2018. One of the top 50 ports in the U.S and one of the busiest in Texas, the port moved 4 million tons of cargo in 2018 and has an estimated annual state economic impact of $2.3 billion.