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$50 million FM 2100 construction project remains unfunded

August 3, 2018

The Texas Department of Transportation’s proposed $50 million construction project to modify a 4.5-mile stretch of FM 2100 in Huffman remains unfunded.

In order to receive funding, the proposed project has to be submitted as part of a four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the local metropolitan planning organization.

Getting a project on the TIP allows it to qualify for federal funding. The TIP is a rolling four-year transportation plan that serves the Greater Houston area.

“The 2019-2022 TIP is a multimodal program of transportation infrastructure and service improvements planned for implementation in the Houston Region over the next four years,” according to the H-GAC website. “It includes projects of regional significance for which federal, state and local funding is available or committed.”

TxDOT engineer Wahida Wakil said the project is not part of the current TIP.

TxDOT laid out the details of project to dozens of people who gathered at a public feedback meeting at Hargrave High School on Aug. 2.

The proposed project would change the stretch of FM 2100 from Huffman-Cleveland Road in the north to FM 1960 in the south from a two lane road to a four lane road with a median in between.

Each lane currently has a 12-foot road with a 6-foot shoulder. The proposed project would have a 12-foot inner lane and a 15-foot shared use outer lane in each direction.

“The proposed project improvements would accommodate expected traffic demand and growth in the region, while enhancing safety by providing a divided highway with raised medians and dedicated left turn lanes at select intersections and cross streets,” read a handout given to attendees of the meeting.

The project would also include detention ponds and a sewer system.

Work on the project, which has a projected three-year timeline, will not begin until the project receives funding.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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