Bellaire - Meyerland - West University | Nov. 2020

TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

COMPILED BY HUNTER MARROW

Fort BendParkway extension put on hold Plans for an extension of the Fort Bend Parkway to the southwest corner of Loop 610 will not come to fruition, at least not without future approval from the Harris County Commission- ers Court. The commissioners voted unani- mously Sept. 29 to halt further study of a toll road along South Post Oak Road under a motion proposed by Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis. The motion was seconded by Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack, whose district would have been affected. “In my humble opinion, there is absolutely no reason for that project to proceed,” Radack said. The extension, which could potentially have brought the tollway across the WillowWaterhole, drew concern fromWestbury neighborhood residents and the park conservancy.

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Fondren Road paving and drainage Houston Public Works will begin work in 2021 on a segment of Fondren Road to expand it from four to six lanes along with new curbs, sidewalks, driveways, street lighting, traffic control, under- ground utilities and drainage. The project includes 2.2 miles of pavement, 24,000 feet of sidewalk, 2,200 feet of sanitary sewer lines, 15,800 feet of storm sewer lines, 14,600 feet of water lines and seven traffic signals. Timeline: summer 2021-summer 2023 Cost: $32 million Funding source: city of Houston

Brays Bayou bridges update The Hillcroft Avenue bridge over Brays Bayou has hit some delays but is ex- pected to be completed soon, officials with the Harris County Flood Control District said Oct. 12. The $3.3 million bridge-raising project also experi- enced delays in starting construction because of COVID-19-related issues. Two other bridge projects at South Rice Avenue and Chimney Rock Road are slated to go out for bid by Thanksgiving, said Russell P. Lannin, the project manager for the bridge replacements. The bridges will be de- molished after longer, wider bridges

are constructed between the existing bridges. Construction for each new bridge is estimated to cost $11 million. Construction on the Buffalo Speed- way bridge is scheduled to begin this winter and be completed within a year at a cost of $9.5 million. The bridges are among the final com- ponents of Project Brays, a federally funded effort. Timeline: July 2020-2022 Cost: $34.8 million Funding sources: Army Corps of En- gineers, Harris County Flood Control District

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF OCT. 30. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT BMWNEWS@COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.

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