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Beat the Traffic: TxDOT says funds granted to US 290 corridor improvements

by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 8:47 AM

HOUSTON -- We are one step closer to improvements along the heavily-travelled 290 corridor.  The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Houston District has announced that the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council approved several improvement projects.  

The projects utilize Proposition 12 bond funding previously allocated by the Texas Transportation Commission.

According to TxDOT, there are several projects that are getting the green light:

--First is the US 290/BW 8 interchange area, known as Project G, which includes (1) the construction of a continuous frontage road along BW 8 at US 290, (2) construction of collector-distributor lanes on US 290 from W. Little York to FM 529, and (3) construction of the US 290 mainlanes and frontage roads from W. Little York to FM 529. Project G totals $144 million and is tentatively scheduled to go to contract for construction in July 2012.

--Second are the Transportation Systems Management (TSM) projects along US 290 between Eldridge and Cypress Rosehill/Fry Road. TSM is a program to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow through freeway operations improvements. These projects, totaling $6.5 million, include:

--US 290 intersection improvements at SH 6, Spring-Cypress, Skinner, and Cypress Rosehill-Fry. These will include dedicated right-turn lanes on both sides of US 290 at SH 6, as well as new left-turn lane options.

--Intersection improvements on the US 290 eastbound frontage road at Eldridge, including a dedicated right-turn lane onto Eldridge.

--Addition of an auxiliary lane on US 290 eastbound between Telge and Huffmeister.

--Addition of the US 290 westbound frontage road at Barker-Cypress.

TxDOT estimates the TSM projects will go to contract for construction in July 2012.

Once these projects are complete, they will enhance traffic flow along US 290 easing the commute for motorists.

TxDOT still acknowledges the challenges of finding funding for US-290, "With the projected cost of the US 290 corridor improvements totaling $2.8 billion, there is still approximately $1.4 billon of the program unfunded," the agency said.