Public Projects from Lake Houston in the last months
Houston has been doing lots of progress regarding public projects, check out the list below and find out what this great city has been working on!
Hamblen Road expansion – (12/2016) Harris County and the city of Houston are studying the feasibility of expanding Hamblen Road from two to four lanes between Loop 494 and Trail Tree Lane. The project will enter the study phase once the Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court approve an Interagency Agreement outlining the respective entities’ responsibilities during the project. Timeline TBD
Treaschwig Road widening – (6/2016) Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4 is widening Treaschwig from a two-lane asphalt pavement to a four-lane concrete boulevard section between Aldine Westfield Rd. and Cypresswood Dr. The $15.6 million project is in design phase. No information on estimated completion.
Wilson Road expansion – (6/2016) Project will expand the road from two and three lanes to four from Beltway 8 to Atascocita Road. The project entered the design phase in September. The expansion will be bid in early 2017. Timeline TBD.
Atasca Oaks Dr. widening – (6/2016) Harris County Precinct 2 and 4 are partnering on a road project to widen Atasca Oaks Drive from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane concrete boulevard from Atascocita Road to south of FM 1960. The project also includes traffic signal modifications at the intersection of Atasca Oaks Drive and Atascocita Road. Bid process begins first quarter 2018 and construction could be complete before the end of 2018.
Timber Forest Drive widening – (6/2016) Will be widened between Will Clayton Pkwy and Canyon Lands Dr. in a project between Harris County Pct. 2 and Woodmere Developers. This project will add a two-lane concrete boulevard section. Completion date to be determined.
Kings Park Way – (6/2016) An additional right-turn lane will be added for southbound traffic turning westbound onto FM 1960. Construction is expected to complete by end of 2016.
West Lake Houston Parkway/Will Clayton Parkway Corridor Improvements (5/2016) Fiber optic cables will be installed to improve signal operations along Will Clayton Parkway between Atascocita Road and West Lake Houston Parkway. An additional left-turn lane will also be added for northbound traffic to turn westbound onto FM 1960 from West Lake Houston Parkway. A new traffic signal will be constructed at the intersection of June Forest Drive at Will Clayton Parkway. Completion date estimated 2Q 2017.
Hardy Toll Road – (5/2016) The toll road is being widened from two to three lanes in each direction from FM 1960 to the Grand Parkway. The widening, which will include the construction of full shoulders, and an interchange at the Grand Parkway, is under construction. Signing and pavement markings will be updated along the entire toll road, and bridge decks are under repair. As of March, all tolled ramps along the Hardy Toll Road are EZ Tag-accessible. Starting July 18, cash was no longer accepted on the toll road.
Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department Station 19 – (4/2016) The new AVFD Station 19 is located at 7642 Farmingham Road and cost an estimated $5 million, funded through a loan from the Emergency Services District 46, construction began 2012. Though the station was expanded several times to accommodate the addition of Emergency Medical Services such as ambulances, the district’s first aerial fire truck, the administrative staff offices and overnight crew quarters; a new station was needed to meet the growing needs of the community. Joiner Architects was hired to handle the design, planning and Brookstone for the construction of the new station. The new station is capable of housing 11 pieces of vehicle equipment, 11 dorm rooms, four offices, two multi-purpose rooms, a day room and a locker room to name a few of the amenities.
Woodland Hills Dr. extension project – (4/2016) Commissioner Jack Morman’s office announced a two-phased roadway project to extend Woodland Hills Drive to connect with the northeast corner of Beltway 8. Phase 1 of the project, expanded Lockwood Drive between North Lake Houston Parkway and the Union Pacific Railroad and was completed in June 2016.Phase I also includes the addition of a 2-lane concrete boulevard section to the existing 2-lane roadway resulting in a complete 4-lane boulevard from Beltway 8 to near Ridge Creek Elementary. Project planners intend to have the estimated $2 million project complete in the 2nd quarter of 2017. Woodland Hills Phase II improvements include the construction of a new 4-lane concrete boulevard starting near Ridge Creek Elementary and connecting to the existing 4-lane roadway in the Atascocita Forest subdivision. Project includes construction of a 4-lane bridge over Williams Gully. The county anticipates the project will be completed and open to the Beltway in the 4th quarter of 2017.
Grand Parkway (SH99) – (4/2016) Segment G, the newest segment of the Grand Parkway, which intersects US-59 at Community Drive just above New Caney High School, opened to the public March 29, 2016. Segment G runs 12 miles between I-45 and I-69/US Hwy 59. The cost for Segment G will be $3.01, which will only be payable with an EZ Tag sticker. Segment F, the stretch from U.S. 290 near Cypress to I-45 in Spring, opened Feb. 5, 2016. The next and final segments of the Grand Parkway (Segments H and I) are scheduled to begin construction sometime in 2017 with an expected completion time of 2021. The builder for Segments H and I are scheduled to be named before the end of 2016.
Downtown City of Humble – (4/2016) The City of Humble completed an extensive streets improvement and side walk installation on the two primary streets running through downtown. Main Street and Hinggins Street were completely excavated and re-poured providing a clean look and smooth ride. Most importantly are the new brick crosswalks and new sidewalks running the length of each street on both sides providing increased pedestrian access and safety for residents going to and from work and shopping at the many retail businesses located around Downtown Humble.
Kingwood Drive widening project – (3/2016) Kingwood Drive, considered one of the worst roadways in the city of Houston, has been earmarked for several years for expansion from four to six lanes, as well as for a total resurfacing of the roadway. Kingwood Drive went through a thorough and extensive traffic, roadway and crash analysis from the Kingwood Mobility Study conducted in 2015. If improvements are funded it would come through Houston’s capital improvement plan. Kingwood Drive is earmarked for expansion on the CIP for some time in 2018.
Northpark Drive widening project – (2/2016) The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority announced they will use The Goodman Corporation (TGC) as a contractor for engineering services related to the project. They approved the contract Feb. 11, 2016. TGC will assist the LHRA in pursuing federal and state funding resources for the widening and reconstruction of Northpark Drive. The design phase of the project is already underway. The widening plans show adding an additional lane in each direction from Loop 494 to Woodland Hills and a proposed grade crossing at the railroad tracks. The project calls for a budget of $54 million. The authority is seeking 80 percent of the funding from state and federal monies; the authority would fund the remaining costs. If approved, the funding for reimbursement would most likely be available in 2019. There is a possibility of entering into an advanced payment agreement with TxDOT to construct the project earlier than that then get the reimbursement at a later date. “At the earliest, we would be able to begin construction on Northpark Drive as soon as we sign the advanced funding agreement with TxDOT, estimating sometime in 2017 at the earliest with the reimbursement in 2019,” Jim Webb with TGC said. Truman Edminster III with EHRA estimated the project could get started around second quarter 2017. “We need to do something as soon as possible; I would have started on this project yesterday if that was possible,” city of Houston Council Member Dave Martin said. (8/2016) The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority is in the pre-design phase and seeking funding for the expansion of Northpark Drive in Kingwood. The plan is to make Northpark Drive safer for emergency services and pedestrian crossings and to accommodate future traffic needs. Construction could begin in 2019.
Proposed FM 1960 Improvement Project – (2/2016) TxDOT Housotn District held a public information meeting on the proposed project February 23, 2016 at Timberwood Middle School. The project’s proposed improvement plan would focus on the 7 mile stretch of FM 1960 between Business Farm-to-Market Road (BF) 1960A and Lake Houston. Scope of the proposed project call for the following improvements: widening the existing four-lane undivided roadway to a six-lane divided highway (three lanes in each direction with the outside lanes being shared-use lanes), curbs and gutters, with raised median, the addition of landscaping with local participation along the raised median (based on previous public input), grade separation at Atascocita Road, West Lake Houston Parkway and Farmingham Drive, five-foot sidewalks along both sides of FM 1960, outside of the shared-use lane, the proposed project would require approximately 48 acres of new right of way from commercial and residential owners. Estimated project timeline indicated by TXDOT 2022-2025.
Traffic Signal Construction – (2/2016) Harris County Precinct One Commissioner’s office will be installing five new street lights on North Lake Houston Pkwy from Deussen Pkwy to the rail road tracts.
Northpark Drive at Woodridge Parkway/Hidden Pines – Beginning July 1, 2013, the City of Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department will begin constructing a dedicated left turn lane at the intersection of Northpark Dr at Woodridge Parkway/Hidden Pines to accommodate larger traffic volumes and mitigate traffic flow. Kingwood TIRZ #10 announced in late 2015 that they are working with TxDot in the planning phase about and will submit an application for the widening of Northpark Dr. in April 2016.
Traffic Signal Construction – (6/2015) – Precinct Two Commissioner Jack Morman announced construction of two traffic signals eagerly awaited by residents of the Atascocita South and Eagle Springs subdivisions located south of Atascocita Road. The total project costs are over $500,000. Signals along Atascocita Road at Atascocita Trace and Eagle Springs Parkway should be up and running by the end of July 2015. Precinct 2 says several other safety and traffic improvements for Atascocita in the planning stage that will be announced in 2015.
Business FM 1960 improvements – (11/2014) – TXDOT awarded Texas Sterling Construction company a $13 million project to widen and improve the 8.2 mile stretch of Business FM 1960 (BF 1960) in Humble, Texas. The 18 month construction project, funded by 20% State & 80% Federal funds began on November 11, 2014. The project will extending turn lanes, overlay BF 1960, add sidewalks to help meet ADA requirements, improve traffic flow and drainage. “The majority of the widening will be done near intersections to provide turning lanes.” says Danny Perez, with Texas Department of Public Transportation. Continuous turning lanes will be added at the center where right of way is available for pavement widening, as well as an access management system which will help improve traffic circulation. Some major intersections like Kenswick Drive, McKay Drive, Bender Avenue, North Houston Avenue and Wilson Road are proposed to get right turn lanes on one side or both sides. TXDOT indicates completion in Q1 2017.
Lake Houston Pkwy Expansion – (6/2014) Harris County is expanding North Lake Houston Parkway, one of the five Beltway 8 interchanges serving Generation Park, to a 4-lane boulevard with new sidewalks. The project broke ground late late 2013 and is budgeted to cost $16.5MM. The expansion provides companies locating in Generation Park even better access to Beltway 8 and Lockwood Road. In addition an announcement is expected for an even larger infrastructure investment in June 2014.
Widening of Townsen Blvd. – The City of Humble approved the expansion to four lanes, two in each direction from where Townsen meets U.S. Hwy. 59 to F.M. 1960. This expansion will help ease a portion of the congestion issues and the future development.
Northpark Extension opening – Northpark Dr. was expanded to four lanes from W. Lake Houston to Mills Branch in 2011.
Beltway 8 Expansion – In February 2011, the Northeast section of Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8 opened 13 miles of tollway that completes the Outer Loop and connects to the Houston Ship Channel industries and the Port of Houston.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport – One of the premiere global gateways with; five terminals, nonstop flights to 122 destinations in the U.S. and nearly 70 international destinations. IAH has connections to 165 airports and 40 million passengers came through IAH in 2013. Terminal B’s renovated south concourse includes 225,000 square-foot facility — nearly four times the size as the previous south concourse — to be dedicated to United Express regional flights. The first 15 gates of the $97 million south concourse became operational in May 2013. United Airlines will add 15 more gates by the start of 2014. In addition, Terminal D (for international flights) will undergo a complete renovation from 2014-2015. The airport recorded a record-breaking 8.9 million international passengers through the terminal in 2013 which is an increase of 2.5 percent from 2012. The airport itself employs approximately 35,000 jobs.
Taken from: http://www.lakehoustonedp.org/public-projects/