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Eastbound Nelson Way traffic to be redirected at Pin Oak

August 2, 2018

A change is ahead for eastbound motorists on Nelson Way accustomed to turning north on Pin Oak Road.

It’s part of a package of road-improvement projects recently approved by Katy City Council. David Leyendecker, Katy’s city engineer, said all the projects will start in late summer and take about three months to complete.

Leyendecker said eastbound Nelson Way traffic will no longer be able to cross the traffic island and head north on Pin Oak as a result of the approved project to remove and replace the existing curb. Eastbound traffic will only be allowed to turn right and will have to head south on Pin Oak.

“We’re trying to stop accidents and slow everything down there,” said Leyendecker. Northbound traffic on Pin Oak will still be able to turn onto Nelson Way, he added. The project cost is $13,500.

Katy City Council on July 23 awarded a construction contract for the 2018 street rehabilitation project to AAA Asphalt Paving Inc. which submitted the lowest of two bids at $373,175. Total construction cost for the package of road improvements including engineering, surveying, contingencies and inspection is $448,194.13.

A work crew from AAA Asphalt Paving Inc. will begin in August to remove Bartlett Road between Franz Road and Buffalo Bend Drive.

The two-lane asphalt roadway will be replaced with grass to convert it to a greenbelt, said Leyendecker. The cost is $16,847.50. That segment is adjacent to Magnolia Cemetery.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of October. During construction, two temporary stop signs will be placed on Bartlett Road northbound and southbound from Franz Road to help with traffic flow as directed by a city-approved ordinance.

Two other projects on Bartlett Road are included as part of the construction contract. They include the intersection at Bartlett and Mert Drive at cost of $2,080 and Bartlett from Buffalo Bend south and east for 1,125 feet at a cost of $64,500.

The construction contract also includes improvements on Tenth Street and resurfacing of other roads.

More than 500 feet of a 5-foot wide sidewalk will be built on the south side of Tenth Street from Avenue D to the entrance to Whispering Lakes subdivision, said Leyendecker. It will tie into the subdivision’s sidewalk.

“Students who walk to school will have a sidewalk to walk on,” said Leyendecker. The sidewalk will have ramps to meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards. There will be a crosswalk on Avenue D at the stop sign at Avenue D and Tenth Street, he added.

The Tenth Street project, at a cost of $42,720, will include cleaning the south ditch and a storm sewer upgrade.

Resurfacing projects include Clemson Street at $41,207; Fifth Street from East Avenue to Katy Fort Bend Road at $10,000; and Iris, Dahlia, Delfren streets and Avenue A at $182,320.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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