Northwest Houston officials seek to progress mobility projects in 2019
Several road, sidewalk and infrastructure projects are in the works for the greater northwest Houston region.
Harris County Precinct 4 expects Holderrieth Road construction west of Texas 249 to continue into 2019. Pct. 4 is in the middle of extending Holderrieth Road as a four-lane roadway just west of Texas 249 toward Calvert Road.
Holderrieth Road’s $6 million construction was expected to be completed in November, but will be pushed back due to drainage issues.
“As far as Holderrieth is concerned, we’re looking at the first quarter finish of 2019. It’s been a very tricky construction on that project,” said Lindsey Trahan, Pct. 4 capital improvements coordinator.
Near the Holderrieth extension, staff members have officially begun to work out of the precinct’s new service center.
Tomball officially annexed the 375-acre plot where the center is located in May.
The center will also have a dumpster for residents to dispose of waste, but will not be open to businesses.
Due to its higher elevation, the center may be the future home for the Precinct 4, Place 1 courthouse, which was flooded during Hurricane Harvey and shut down for repairs for nearly a year.
Trahan said the administrative staff would move into the new building by Monday and would followed by road maintenance crews.
“We’re still looking to advertise phase 2 of our service center construction for next year. Once that’s complete, we’ll start moving more of our road maintenance guys over there, so the crews, the equipment and all of that,” she said.
Another major county project is the widening of Boudreaux Drive from two to four lanes between Telge Road and Rocky Road. Additionally, TxDOT’s project to widen FM 2978 and Zion Road between FM 1488 and Hufsmith-Conroe Road is currently underway.
The city of Tomball is working to extend Medical Complex Drive to South Cherry Street and plans to add sidewalks along the extension.
Road construction, sidewalks and infrastructure projects will be among the priorities the Greater Area Tomball Chamber of Commerce’s mobility and transportation committee will be pursuing for 2019. Major projects will include widening and expanding roads, adding a trail system and implementing the Tomball Livable Centers Plan which was created in 2009 for infrastructure improvements.
“It’s a study that was done about downtown years ago. We’re moving forward with pieces of it as we speak,” said Tomball city manager Rob Hauck.
In conjunction with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the city would focus on making Old Town Tomball more pedestrian-friendly, add more street lighting and changing parking along Main Street.
Hauck said the city shifted money to the capital fund for the projects, which would include rebuilding the alleyways by moving the utilities by one block a year.
According to the study, removing parallel parking along Main Street in downtown will be increased for safety.
“We don’t like the idea of intentionally mixing pedestrians with traffic. It’s one of the things city staff cringe about,” Hauck said.
A downtown shuttle or trolley may also be added to provide visitors with more mobility, he said.
Texas 249 projects
The chamber will also continue to advocate for direct connectors between Texas 249 and the Grand Parkway.
In 2017, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved funds to design the connectors between both major roadways.
As the construction of Texas 249 continues up north in Montgomery County, the chamber will also advocate for its extension from Highway 105 in Navasota, where the road is expected to be built.
GTACC president Bruce Hillegeist said that when Texas 249 was being built through Tomball, residents originally opposed it.
As traffic increased through the region, residents voiced more support for the expansion.
Hillegeist said he sees Tomball’s experience with the roadway as an example for Navasota and Montgomery County, where Texas 249 will be built.
“You can’t let progress pass you by. We have a duty to be visionary and to look for the interest of the entire community. We want to be good partners together. We like to think regionally. Now that we’ve got it done here doesn’t mean we stop. We look out for the best interests of our friends, too,” he said.