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Shenandoah focuses on road improvements; council OKs funds for 2 engineering plans

January 10, 2019

The Shenandoah City Council on Wednesday approved preliminary engineering plans for two road projects that could help improve mobility in the small city.

The council voted unanimously to approve $23,690 for engineering on a project that would extend the westbound right-turn lane from David Memorial Drive onto Tamina Road and another $37,500 for engineering to add a lane to the Tamina Road and Research Forest Drive intersection with Interstate 45.

Both plans were approved contingent on reimbursement to the city by the City of Shenandoah Municipal Development District.

The David Memorial turn lane onto Tamina Road would be extended into a standalone lane, making the only east-west corridor in the city a uniform three lanes throughout at a cost of $696,000. A small portion of the project would be outside of Shenandoah city limits and would be paid for out of county road bond funds.

“(The cost) Is to take out that corner, which includes moving signal arms and electrical lines,” said Shenandoah Public Works Director Joseph Peart.

The high-volume intersection at Tamina Road as it continues underneath Interstate 45 has drawn concern from local elected officials and road planners due to increased use and long wait times at traffic signals.

Derek Wind, of Bleyl Engineering, said the firm worked in partnership with Shenandoah city staff and conducted a traffic count underneath the overpass. The results led to a proposal of turning the dual purpose straight and left-turn lanes into two left-turn lanes and two through-lanes.

“When we did traffic modeling of the intersection, we didn’t include a scenario where this lane would open,” Wind said. “I don’t know, at this time, what the total benefit (would be), but it is an obvious improvement.”

The entire project is slated to cost $1.1 million — half will be paid out by the city, which will be reimbursed by the MDD, and half by Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack’s office.

mrincon@chron.com

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