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Road projects to improve turning lanes, widen roads

November 30, 2018

Repairs to an overpass at Rayford and Sawdust Road and improvements to Grant Road are among the multiple road improvement projects being conducted across the northwest Houston area.

Spring-area overpass repairs

The Texas Department of Transporation is currently repairing the overpass bridge at the Sawdust Road and Rayford Road interchange on I-45. Deidrea George, public information officer for TxDOT said the project includes replacing bearing pads and a bridge deck.

George said the repairs will begin Dec. 23 and will take 35 working days and two months of barricades. Federal funds will cover 90 percent of the $405,277.50, while state funds will cover the remaining 10 percent.

Champions drainage, lane improvements

Harris County Precinct 4 is collaborating with Champions Municipal Utility District to improve drainage and upgrade lanes on Champions Drive, said Pamela Rocchi, director of the Pct. 4 Capital Improvement Projects division.

“Champions Drive is a joint-participation roadway and drainage improvement project with Champions Municipal Utility District to upgrade the two-lane asphalt roadway to a two-lane concrete pavement section with appropriate drainage system,” she said.

The $13,264,645 project began in September 2018 and is expected to be completed in April of 2020, Rocchi said.

Cypresswood signalization, road modifications

On Cypresswood Drive between Hickory Twig Way and FM 1960, the county is collaborating with TxDOT to install traffic signal systems from Hickory Twig Way to Maplegate Drive including median modifications, turn lane improvements, fiber interconnection installation and battery back-up installations, according to Rocchi.

TxDOT is funding 80 percent of the $6,600,600 project. Construction will begin during the first quarter of 2019.

Grant Road projects

Both Precinct 3 and Harris County Precinct 4 are concurrently working on Grant Road improvement projects. Precinct 3 is currently constructing a four lane boulevard on Grant Road from Lakweood Forest Drive to Old Kluge Road. Eric Heppen, project manager for Precinct 3, said the project will cost $5,847,015.8 and is expected to finish construction by the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019.

Precinct 4 is in the study phase for two projects to improve flood mitigation on Grant Road from Telge Road to Shaw Road, as well as between Spring Cypress and Shaw roads. Both projects will undergo similar improvements, Rocchi said.

“Proposed improvements include widening the 2-lane asphalt roadway to a 4-lane concrete pavement section with appropriate drainage [for both segments],” she said. “Grant Road Segment 3 is currently in the study phase, which establishes the alignment and proposed typical section, identifies the appropriate drainage mitigation and right of way needs, accomplishes the environmental assessments and determines if additional traffic control measures are warranted.”

The two projects do not have completion dates at the moment.

For more information on road and bridge projects, visit the websites for Precincts 3, Precinct 4 and TxDOT.

chevall.pryce@chron.com

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