TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Texas Central wins at state SupremeCourt
Holderrieth Road drainage upgrades Harris County Precinct 4 plans to bid a project for construction in the second quarter of 2022 to widen Holderrieth Road to four lanes and improve drainage from Hwy. 249 to Hufsmith-Kohrville Road. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: Precinct 4 Timeline: request authorization to bid third quarter of 2021 (Segment 2), third quarter of 2023 (Segment 3), rst quarter of 2025 (Segment 4) Cost: TBD Funding source: Precinct 4 Planned improvements include widening Telge to a four-lane concrete boulevard; improved drainage accommodations; and installing trac signals on Telge at Grant, Boudreaux and Kitzman roads. Telge Road widening Harris County Precinct 4 plans to continue widening Telge Road. Construction will take place in four segments; the rst was from Spring Cypress Road to Louetta Road and nished in 2019. Segment 2 stretches from Louetta to Grant roads; Segment 3 continues from Grant to the Grand Parkway; and Segment 4 widens Telge Road from the Grand Parkway to FM 2920. 4 1 2 3
BY SHAWN ARRAJJ
Texas Central, the company looking to build a 236-mile high- speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, has been given a win in an ongoing legal battle over whether the company is legally recognized as a railroad company under state law. The Texas Supreme Court denied the review of a case June 18 that was part of a legal challenge launched by landowners Jim and Barbara Miles in 2016. The decision frees up Texas Central to use eminent domain, if necessary, to acquire tracts of land needed to construct the project. “The court’s denial of review should put an end to over ve years of conten- tious litigation and clear the path for Texas Central to bring the high-speed train to Texas,” Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said in a statement. JimMiles and his team won a trial court case in 2019, arguing Texas Central is not operating a railroad because it does not own any trains and has not constructed any tracks, among other issues. That decision
The 236-mile Texas Central rail connection fromDallas to Houston will feature a bullet train.
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was reversed in an appeals court last May, which ruled Texas Central was a railroad company and an interurban electric railway. In a statement, opposition group Texans Against High Speed Rail said it was disappointed in the Texas Supreme Court’s denial of review and that Jim and Barbara Miles would be ling a motion for a rehearing. “This denial by the Supreme Court—of all venues—should be gravely concerning to all Texans,” according to the statement posted to the group’s Facebook page.
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Construction slated to begin this fall for trail linking Spring Creek Park, Lone Star College-Tomball
BY ANNA LOTZ
multisegment trail project underway by Precinct 4 that—when completed— will span 19 miles from Tomball to Humble along Spring Creek, Commu- nity Impact Newspaper previously reported. Johnston said as of late June the Harris County Engineering Depart- ment had concluded the design for the rst phase of the connection between
Spring Creek Park and LSCTomball. The rst phase spans about 1,397 feet and is estimated to cost $137,644, according to Precinct 4. Phase 2 is estimated to cost $144,820 and will nish the connection. In addition, Johnston said Precinct 4 anticipates land clearing to begin in late July or early August on a trail connecting The Woodlands and
Harris County Precinct 4 antici- pates construction to begin on a new section of the Spring Creek Greenway in the third or fourth quarter of 2021, linking Spring Creek Park in Tomball to Lone Star College-Tomball with a trail, Parks Director Dennis Johnston said in an email. The Spring Creek Greenway is a
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Burroughs Park. He said design work has not started on the remaining Tomball segment from Hwy. 249 to FM 2978 as land acquisition is still needed.
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