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Beat the Traffic: Business owners hope new Spring Cypress will mean less traffic

by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 14 at 3:28 PM

HOUSTON—It’s a booming part of the greater Houston area, and now, one major road there is getting a makeover.  Spring Cypress is being added to the list of streets scheduled for construction.  Even with the construction mess, business owners in the area say they are ready for a change. 

Dentist Monte Wainwright spends most of his day with a drill in-hand, and now the street where his office sits is getting some drill work, too.

"I got into dentistry because I wanted to help people," Dr. Wainwright explained.

He is glad to see that Harris County Precinct 4 is trying to help folks out by rehabilitating and expanding the roadways.

"It’s just getting busier with the amount of neighborhoods being built here," he said. 

Spring Cypress between SH-249 and Telge is scheduled for a big makeover. "I think it’s good because it does need to handle the amount of traffic that comes up and down this road," Dr. Wainwright explained. 

According to the designs, the two-lane roadway will be expanded to a boulevard with four lanes and medians.  The plans also call for dedicated left-turn lanes at all public roads intersecting Spring Cypress.  The goal is to cut down on car crashes caused by other cars needing to stop.  "There’s a lot of accidents that happen right in front of our, about a block away from our office," Dr. Wainwright said. 

During construction, businesses like Wainwright Dental and Associates will have to prepare for periodic delays and detours. The project, which Harris County Precinct 4 is overseeing, is still in the bidding phase.  Construction is expected to begin before the end of the year and should last about two years.  

The new construction is designed to make driving along Spring Cypress a little easier.  "I think it will be a lot safer around here," Dr. Wainwright said.   That’s making everyone here at the dentist’s office smile.