The community is invited to celebrate the completion of the Sam Houston Memorial Drive, Spur 94, beautification project today at 11 a.m. at the intersection of 11th Street and Spur 94. Huntsville City Councilmembers and state dignitaries will be on hand for the dedication, including Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) and Bob Appleton, director of transportation development and planning for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Spur 94 has a long history in Huntsville, dating back to its designation as state highway in 1935 as a roadway leading to Oakwood Cemetery, where Gen. Sam Houston is buried. Extensive beautification began in 1947 and was renamed Sam Houston Memorial Drive.

The recent project, a team effort by the city and TxDOT, includes landscaping, sidewalk construction and lighting, has been ongoing since it was first proposed to council in 1998 by longtime citizen Juanita Lynch.

Beautification of Spur 94 includes Gillaspie Park, where war heroes from the Texas Revolution and the Civil War are remembered.

Huntsville ISD deeded to the city a small tract of land adjoining the park.

TxDOT also designed and implemented the entry and rights of way for better pedestrian access to the memorial sites.

During today’s ceremony, TxDOT will transfer the title and responsibility of the roadway to the city of Huntsville.