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Beat the Traffic: Hope (and headache) for white-knuckled 290 drivers

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Wider exit ramps and pavement improvements are just a couple of items on the January to-do list for the Texas Department of Transportation.  I just received a press release from Rozco Contracting, Inc., the company contracted by TxDOT announcing that they will begin work on a "second Traffic System Management Improvement project" on US-290.  Here's the rundown of the projects they will be starting this month:
 
-Widen pavement on westbound approach to Jones Road
-Widen exit ramps to Jones Road & W. 43rd Street to two lanes
-Modify medians and widen pavement at Senate Ave, Gessner Drive, Fairbanks N. Houston, Hollister, W. 43rd street, W. 34th street (TxDOT is trying to make left turns easier at these locations)
-Re-stripe US-290 eastbound and westbound frontage roads from Dacoma to Jones Rd.
 
Translation: temporary lane reductions along portions of the US-290 frontage road for a good amount of time.  It's a $2.1 million dollar project, which is scheduled to take about six months to complete.  So, best to plan on possible delays until July or later!  Watch 11 News This Morning beginning at 4:30 A.M. for updates on the closures and the impact on traffic. 
 

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