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John Zavala, outpost estates representative to SNC85 (Spring Branch Central), wrote to the Mayor’s Advisor for Constituent Engagement Office about a meeting he and his group had with District A City Councilwoman Amy Peck and members of Houston Public Works regarding the Union Pacific railroad crossing conditions at Clay Street and Hempstead Road.

This is what he wrote: 

We would like to thank Councilmember Amy Peck, Sara Singleton, Steven Loo and his (HPW) staff, and Richard Zientek with Union Pacific Railroad in meeting with residents of northern Spring Branch, concerning these two horrible ends of life sections of road on the west side of the rail tracks — Clay and Hempstead Road at U.P. rail tracks, several panels. 

The leadership of Binglewood, Langwood, Outpost Estates and Super Neighborhood (Spring Branch Central 85) ALL agree these are the worst sections of Clay Road between 290 and West Beltway 8. 

Our team of Judy, Steward and Ross are longtime residents, with Judy living in Outpost Estates in northern Spring Branch. 

This section of Clay Road has heavy traffic 24/7, with heavy 18-wheel trucks that deliver supplies to the Kroger and HEB’s massive distribution centers. As your staff noticed during our meeting, 50% of the traffic were 40-ton trucks. 

Again, we appreciate the hard-working personnel in Houston Public Works. As the former VP of SNC14 (Lazybrook/Timbergrove) for several years, we collaborated with them on many successful projects. 

Kind Regards, 

John V. Zavala 

Outpost Estates Rep to SNC85 (Spring Branch Central)