CYPRESS CROSSING Developer: Caldwell Cos.
Construction crews with the Texas Department of Transportation hope to have the new $40 million yover bridge at Hwy. 6 and Hwy. 290 completed in December.
Updates: New tenants include Ti’s Treats. Caldwell ocials said they are working to bring in other concepts, including an Asian restaurant and a breakfast/brunch concept.
HUFFMEISTER PLAZA Developer: Transwestern Updates: 142,000 square feet of oce space to open across nine buildings in December
NORTHWEST CROSSING Developer: EastGroup Properties Updates: 278,000-square-foot industrial project opened in September
WHAT’S LEFT TODO? • paving approaches on both ends of the bridge • signage and striping • concrete raised center median along the length of the bridge
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SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, TRANSWESTERN, EASTGROUP PROPERTIES, CALDWELL COS.COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
A one-lane southbound Hwy. 6 ramp was built to allow drivers to bypass Hempstead Road and a set of railroad tracks.
Work is nearing completion on new northbound Hwy. 6 frontage roads, which are slated to open in December.
The four-lane yover bridge, slated to open in December, will connect Hwy. 6 to FM 1960 over Hwy. 290.
Construction crews performed nal work on support beams on the FM 1960 side of the bridge in October.
Crews are working on paving the approach to a new FM 1960 yover bridge just west of North Eldridge Parkway.
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median that will go along the length of the bridge, said Deidrea George, a public information ocer with the Texas Department of Transporta- tion, which is leading the project. The coronavirus pandemic did not have any eects on the construction timeline, George said. During the construction period, which started in fall 2019, a segment of north- bound Hwy. 6 has been completely shut down, forcing drivers to fol- low a detour to get to FM 1960 that involves taking the Hwy. 290 front- age road to North Eldridge Parkway and making a U-turn. “Our latest estimate puts the com- pletion of the bridge and open[ing] to trac [in] December 2020,” George
Leasing Team, which is leasing the commercial development Cypress Crossing. “People aren’t going to avoid that intersection like they have in the past.” Project update Bridge work reached a point late this summer during which construc- tion vehicles were able to drive on the bridge itself, and workers could be seen from below by drivers pass- ing through the intersection on frontage roads. As of late October, the remaining work largely consisted of paving the approaches on both ends, putting up the signage, painting new stripes and nishing the concrete-raised center
said. “We will continue to have daily and nightly lane closures and a few total closures.” In addition to the four-lane bridge, the project also includes new Hwy. 6 frontage roads and a new one-lane southbound bridge allowing driv- ers who exit Hwy. 290 to Hwy. 6 to bypass Hempstead Road and a set of Union Pacic Corp. railroad tracks. A direct connector going from northbound Hwy. 6 to eastbound Hwy. 290 also opened this spring ahead of major lane closures. Expecting traffic relief Trac counts at the intersection steadily increased between 2015 and 2017, according to TxDOT data,
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“If you eliminate that bottleneck, you may see a little more conges- tion across the whole corridor, but the trip through that area will be much smoother, much less frustrat- ing, and the rest of the roads will be able to handle the volume they were designed for,” Lomax said. As the $41.4 million project nears completion, developers and busi- ness owners are eagerly anticipating what they think will be a resurgence in the number of people who fre- quent businesses in the area. “Activity is already picking back up,” said Mary Caldwell, senior vice president of the Caldwell Companies
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