Congestion has eased on Cy-Fair roads over the past three years. Projects are underway on some roads that remain among the state’s most congested. Delay per mile Congestion cost* TRACKING CONGESTION ON CY-FAIR ROADS
Telge Road fromSpring Cypress Road to Hwy. 290
Hwy. 290 fromHwy. 6 to Beltway 8
FM529 fromStockdick School Road to Hwy. 6
FM529 fromHwy. 6 to Hwy. 290
West Road fromBarker Cypress Road to Hwy. 290
33,338 hours $3.7 million
124,268 hours $12.5 million
$7.3 million 61,446 hours
$4.2 million 40,043 hours
$8.4 million 72,505 hours
$12.1 million 123,451 hours
$10.6 million 114,156 hours
$40.8 million 433,195 hours
*INCLUDES LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY AND FUEL WASTED
SOURCE: TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
including widening projects on Telge and West roads. Collins said he was following the county’s mobility study with interest in howmobility funding could be split across the precincts next year. “We have to take care of what we got, but we also have to plan for future growth, and precincts 3 and 4 are where a lot of that growth is hap- pening,” he said. Long-rangeplanning The Houston-Galveston Area Coun- cil is also in the process of updating its 2045 regional plan for the eight-county Greater Houston area. The plan was last updated in 2019.
Among the proposed amendments this year is a re-imagining of long-term plans to expand Hempstead Highway parallel to Hwy. 290 between Loop 610 and the Grand Parkway. Under a new pitch from the Texas Department of Transportation, which is studying the project, the highway would no longer include tolls andwould instead feature two elevated managed lanes in each direction and one transit lane in each direction. Project design is still years away, with HGAC listing timelines for six separate projects for various times between 2025 and 2040. Timelines and costs are subject to changes, o- cials said.
Transit improvements are also a big part of HGAC’s plan, said Adam Beckom, one of the council’s trans- portation managers. Several of the proposed amendments this year com- ing from METRONext, a long-range plan by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, he said. Projects in Cy-Fair include new Park & Ride stations near the Grand Parkway and Hwy. 290 intersection and a new transit center near Willowbrook Mall. However, those projects are not expected to get underway in the short term, and the Faireld Park & Ride is not slated until 2030. The plan does fund the construction of a ramp from Hwy. 290 to an existing Park & Ride at
Skinner Road, a $38.2 million project slated for 2022, according to the HGAC. HGAC accounts for projects that have multiple modes of transportation in its scoring process, such as projects with transit or pedestrian components, Beckom said. Over the past few RTP updates, it has become increasingly apparent that new roads cannot solve congestion issues on their own, he said. “We do see and we do hear that tran- sit is going to be how we move the nee- dle on congestion,” Beckom said. “We knowwe can’t build our way out.”
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CYFAIR EDITION • MAY 2021
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