5 p.m.: 32,636 Total delay hours
FM 1960 TO HWY. 249 Rank: 39th most congested road in Texas $30.5M Annual estimated cost of congestion to drivers
HWY. 6 TO I10 Rank: 99th most congested road in Texas $32.3M Annual estimated cost of congestion to drivers
5 p.m.: 27,989 Total delay hours
Based on data from 2018, drivers at the Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 6 intersection faced thousands of hours of delays, with delays peaking during afternoon rush hour.
SOURCE: TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
No development slowdown Lomax warned some conges- tion will remain in the area due to broader development and popula- tion growth, which has not shown any signs of slowing down. Several developments are either underway or have recently been com- pleted at the site of the new bridge.
rising from about 53,000 to 59,000 cars per day on FM 1960 and from about 47,000 to 51,000 cars per day on Hwy. 6. By 2019, trac counts hit 53,000 cars per day on Hwy. 6 but dropped to 57,000 cars per day on FM 1960, which Lomax said could likely be attributed to people avoiding the intersection. Both roadways see major delays on a daily basis, especially for trac heading in the direction of Hwy. 290 between 3-6 p.m., according to TTI data. For drivers headed northbound on Hwy. 6, delay hours rise from roughly 5,000 at noon to more than 27,000 at 5 p.m. “Typically, what happens is you sit for a long time to get through the interchange, and then, downstream of there, conditions weren’t so bad,” Lomax said. Part of the study also involves calculating the cost of congestion, which Lomax said is a measure of the value of the extra travel time along with the eects that stop-and-go trac has on engine eciency. The annual cost of congestion on the Hwy. 6 road segment was estimated at $32.3 million in 2019, and the cost on the FM 1960 segment was esti- mated at $30.5 million.
Caldwell said she has high hopes for Cypress Crossing, the commer- cial real estate project underway at the intersection. Her team is working with an Asian restaurant and a break- fast and brunch concept, she said. A hotel will also open soon at the site, and the recently signed Ti’s Treats will open by the end of the year, she said. The completion of the bridge is expected to be a boon, Caldwell said. “You can make all the renderings in the world of the bridge, but that’s nothing compared to once people can actually see it and drive on it,” she said. For local business owner Aileen Garcia, who said she lives in Copper- eld and works for a Farmers Insur- ance location near the Willowbrook area, the construction has been unavoidable. She said she looks for- ward to a time when her commute is less of a headache. “I’ve had to make detours a lot to try to avoid the intersection,” she said. “Once my bridge is completed, my commute to and from the oce will denitely be shorter.”
The cost does not include vehi- cle maintenance caused by poor pavement conditions or the cost of congestion to businesses relying on smooth travel, Lomax said. There are additional projects in the area ocials said could have benets on overall congestion as well. A $15 million Harris County
EastGroup Prop- erties completed work on the $5.7 million North- west Crossing, a 278,000-square- foot logistics project on Hwy. 6, in September. Transwestern will nish work on Humeister Plaza in December,
project involves adding left and right turn lanes on FM 1960 at North Eldridge Parkway. That project is set to be completed in 2023. Even with the completion of these major proj- ect, Je Collins, co-chair of the
“YOU CANMAKE ALL THERENDERINGS INTHE WORLDOF THE BRIDGE, BUT THAT’S NOTHING COMPARED TOONCE PEOPLE CANACTUALLY SEE IT ANDDRIVE ON IT.” MARY CALDWELL, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CALDWELL COMPANIES
which will bring 142,000 square feet of oce space to the nearby Hu- meister Road. EastGroup Vice President Kevin Sager, who oversees Houston oper- ations, said the Hwy. 6 mobility improvements benet projects like the new EastGroup industrial space. “Prospects are very excited by the project’s high-end aesthetic look, high visibility on Hwy. 6 and excel- lent access via Hwy. 290,” he said.
Transportation Advocacy Group in Houston, said it will be crucial to ensure transportation remains a pri- ority moving forward. “We denitely have to keep trans- portation funding in the forefront,” he said. “You have to keep up with development. The state of Texas still has a lot of people moving here, so we will have a lot of need for trans- portation and road improvements to get people to and from work.”
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