TRANSPORTATION UPDATES City Council rejects bid for Sienna Parkway improvement project
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PAUSING THE PROJECT Missouri City City Council denied a bid for the rst phase of the Sienna Parkway improvement project due to high costs. City sta will now evaluate options to reduce the cost.
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During its Sept. 19 meeting, Missouri City City Council denied a bid for the rst phase of a widening and improvement project on Sienna Parkway, worth $4.85 million. City ocials had estimated the bid would come in close to $2.5 million, said Shashi Kumar, director of public works and city engineer. “The engineer’s estimate was a little over $2.5 million, and the bids came in at $4.8 million, well above the engineer’s estimate,” he said. Funded through a partnership between Fort Bend County and the Sienna Management District, which manages 345 acres within Missouri City’s city limits, the project aims to increase capacity at intersections along Sienna Parkway between the limits of Hwy. 6 and McKeever Road. The project was slated to start this summer but was delayed when
the city received no bids in April when the bidding process originally started, Kumar said in a Sept. 19 email to Community Impact . In addition, the price of the low bid coming in above expectations can be attributed to rising fuel prices and supply chain issues, city sta wrote in the agenda report. Missouri City will now go back and evaluate value engineering options to reduce the cost of the project before going back out to bid once more, Kumar said. Kumar said he expects construc- tion to start in January. The project will add a series of turn lanes and median enhancements. It will also widen shoulders at the intersections of Hwy. 6, Trammel Fresno Road, Sienna Springs Boulevard, Watts Plantation Road, Sienna Ranch Road and McKeever Road.
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Voss Road at Hwy. 6 right-turn lane A Fort Bend County mobility bond project looking to add a right-turn lane eastbound on Voss Road at Hwy. 6 is still underway. The project will remove the existing concrete pavement, curb, driveways and pedestrian ramps to make way for a new 11-foot right-turn lane. Timeline: rst quarter 2022-rst quarter 2023 Cost: $355,441 Funding source: Fort Bend County mobility bond
SOURCE: MISSOURI CITYCOMMUNITY IMPACT
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF SEPT. 22. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT SLMNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. would be located in the future devel- opment, Fort Bend Town Center III. Timeline: scal year 2022-23 Cost: $52 million Funding source: METRO New Missouri City Park & Ride The board for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County voted Sept. 22 to negotiate with NewQuest Properties to a long-term lease for a future park and ride facility at Fort Bend Tollway and Hwy. 6. If a future contract is approved, the facility
TxDOT launches new travel app for Houston The Texas Department of Transportation on Sept. 16 launched its new mobility app, Houston carpools for high-occu- pancy vehicle lanes, and get The app covers Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colo- rado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Whar-
APP BREAKDOWN The Texas Department of Transportation spent years collaborating with multiple agencies to develop ConnectSmart. 2016 Year of proposal
free emergency roadside assistance from Tow and Go, per the website. Routes can be custom- ized with lters such as speed or safety for cyclists. The app oers various transit options from public transportation to bike rent- als, according to a Sept. 16 news release.
ConnectSmart, which oers users various travel options to optimize commutes in the Greater Houston area. Commuters can use the app to nd ideal routes and nearby parking, view trac conditions through road- side cameras, form private
ton and Walker counties. The app’s development cost about $17.8 million and was partially funded by various partners and an $8.9 million federal grant, according to the 2016 initial project proposal.
$17.8M Cost to develop 11 collaborators
SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMUNITY IMPACT
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