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In the early 1980's the section of Eldridge Parkway (Addicks-Fairbanks) north of IH-10 through the Addicks Reservoir was expanded from two to four lanes. At this time it was also slightly realigned. As a result there is an abandoned right-of-way and some old sections of road still visible.
A look north from just north of the Addicks Reservoir dam. The old right-of-way can be seen as a clearing through the brush.
A look south down the same right-of-way. This photo was shot from a small road leadind off into the reservoir. Below you can see some evidence of the old road.
The photos above show pieces of asphalt from the old roadway. Paint from the center strips is still visable.
Standing near the same location, but looking north across the current Eldridge Parkway. In the distance you can see an old section of roadway.
Standing at Paterson Road and looking south at the old alignment.
At Paterson Road looking north at the abandoned road. At the trees in the distance the road takes a right turn to the east back towards Eldridge Parkway.
Another look zoomed in. The debris is from high water in the Addicks Reservoir. Is the water is very high the will also close Eldridge Parkway.
Back at Eldridge Parkway looking west. This is the continuation of the previous photo. At this point the abandoned road/alignment runs next to Eldridge Parkway to Clay Road. At Clay Road the old and new alignments converge.
Standing at the gates for Bear Creek Park and looking southwest down the old road. Some of the center strips are still visable.
Looking through the gates for Bear Creek Park at the road in the previous photo.
A little more to the northeast the road surface has been removed and all that remains in the abandoned alignment.
Looking northeast through the park gates. You can see here how the park entrance was built right over the old road.
The rest of the old alignment is well groomed because it rest between Eldridge Parkway and Bear Creek Park. Just around the bend to the left is the intersection with Clay Road.