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EASING TRAFFIC PAINS As the stretch of FM 1960 between Hwy. 249 and I-45 continues to be named one of Texas’ most congested roadways by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, a project is planned to ease trac pains on the corridor between Centereld Drive and Cutten Road.
Texas' most congested roadways FM 1960 rankings
#62 #34 #27 2015 2017 2019
In 2019, FM 1960 between Hwy. 249 and I-45 experienced:
FM 1960 turn lane expansion project The project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road and the Willowbrook Mall entrances. Timeline: June 2021- June 2023 Cost: $16.4 million Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation
An annual delay per mile of 333,921 hours 369,219 average daily vehicle miles traveled An annual congestion cost of
A peak period average speed of 24.1 mph 2,758,523 annual hours of delay
Champion Drive upgrades Construction is underway on Champion Drive to upgrade the road from a two- lane asphalt roadway to a two-lane concrete paved section between FM 1960 and Cypress Creek. The project is on track for completion this spring, said Pamela Rocchi, director of Harris County Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects Division. Timeline: Sept. 24, 2018-April 5, 2020 Cost: $13.2 million Funding sources: Harris County Pre- cinct 4, Champions Municipal District
SOURCES: TEXAS A&M TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
TxDOT project to relieve FM1960 congestion in the Willowbrook area further delayed until June 2021
BY HANNAH ZEDAKER
have acquired 17 of 19 right of way parcels. We have been working on an agreement with Union Pacic, which has been the main reason for delaying the project.” According to a Texas A&M Trans- portation Institute report released Dec. 10, the 8.26-mile segment of FM 1960 between Hwy. 249 and I-45 was ranked as the 27th-most con- gested roadway in Texas in 2019. The roadway was ranked 32nd in 2018 and 73rd in 2012—the rst year the road was listed among the 100 most congested roads statewide. “The purpose of the proposed project is to improve mobility by alleviating trac congestion, improving safety and accommodating future trac associated with the anticipated growth in [and] around
the Willowbrook Mall and adjacent commercial development,” Perez said. The project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road and the Willow- brook Mall entrances, and all turning bays will be lengthened to provide additional storage capacity, Perez said. Additionally, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations will be added to the corridor, existing pavement will be completely removed and replaced and all existing span wire signals will be replaced with mast arm signals. The project is being funded 80% by federal funds and 20% by state funds. During project construction, Perez added that detours and lane closures will be communicated to the public by signage as well as through the Houston TranStar website and TxDOT’s social media.
Originally scheduled to go out for bid in 2018, a $16.4 million Texas Department of Transportation project on FM 1960 has once again been delayed, according to TxDOT Public Information Ocer Danny Perez. The project, which is intended to improve mobility along the corridor between Cutten Road and Centereld Drive in the Willowbrook area, is expected to take two years to com- plete once construction begins. While the project was originally anticipated to go out for bid in 2018, as of January 2019, the project had been pushed to February 2020. Now, the project is not slated to go out for bid until June 2021, Perez said. “The plans for the FM 1960 project are 90% complete,” he said. “We
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Spring Cypress Road improvements Construction is underway on Phase 1A of the ongoing Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, or CMAQ, project, which will upgrade Spring Cypress Road between Telge Road and Louetta Glen Drive and install four new trac signals along the corridor. Rocchi said the proj- ect remains on schedule for completion this summer. Timeline: March 11, 2019-June 3, 2020 Cost: $5.5 million
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, Texas Department of Transportation
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