Extending Mason and Mueschke roads south of Hwy. 290 part of plan for future master-planned community

Image description
Extending Mason and Mueschke roads south of Hwy. 290 major part of plan for future master-planned community

Two road extensions are being planned in Cypress as development picks up at the future Dunham Pointe master-planned community south of Hwy. 290. The projects will be carried out as part of a partnership between Dunham Pointe Development and Harris County, developer Archie Dunham said.


The roads—Mason and Mueschke roads—will be extended south from where they currently end at Hwy. 290, Dunham said. Work on the Mason Road extention could begin as early as December, he said.


“The Mueschke [Road] crossing we would cut sometime three to six months after we get the Mason [Road] crossing [started],” Dunham said.


Both road extensions have been a part of the city of Houston’s Major Thoroughfare Plan for years, which is updated annually with recommendations for future road projects throughout the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction.


The plan depicts the Mueschke Road intersection with a future Mound Road extension and coming to an end at North Bridgeland Lake Drive. Longterm plans for Mason Road call for crossing over Cypress Creek into the Bridgeland area and continuing south to an eventual connection with South Mason Road near Clay Road in Katy. However, a timeline and funding sources for the full Mason Road extension beyond the Dunham Pointe area have not been identified.


Progress on the road crossings hit some delays related to a Union Pacific Corp. line immediately south of Hwy. 290, but those issues have since been resolved, Dunham said. After nine years of discussion, Union Pacific agreed to allow Harris County to build the crossings at-grade, meaning the roads can cross the railroad at ground level, rather than with an overpass or underpass.


As part of the agreement, Dunham said he is helping to fund renovations and modifications at a variety of other Union Pacific crossings across the county. Those crossings are not related to Dunham Pointe, he said.


Dunham said the Mason and Mueschke road crossings are a critical piece of the future community, which is located on 1,300 acres of land and will have somewhere between 2,500-3,000 homes upon completion. He said he is holding off on negotiating with residential and commercial builders until after the road crossings are started.


“We think the best time for us to show the property and have serious negotiations is in late 2019, when everyone can see for sure we’re ready to pour the concrete and cut the crossing,” he said.


In the meantime, other work is continuing at the Dunham Pointe site, including water well drilling, the installation of wastewater treatment plants and work on lake amenities.
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


MOST RECENT

Texas Medical Center continued to see week-over-week decreases in the total number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations but also saw a significant increase in patient deaths, the medical center reported May 29. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center sees another week-over-week decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Texas Medical Center continued to see week-over-week decreases in the total number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations but also saw a significant increase in patient deaths, the medical center reported May 29.

Some camps have been canceled, but others are implementing new safety precautions to cope with the coronavirus. (Designed by Elyssa Turner/Community Impact Newspaper)
See how Cy-Fair, Houston area summer camps are adapting to the coronavirus

Some camps have been canceled, but others are implementing new safety precautions to cope with the coronavirus.

Which Wich serves sandwiches, salads and more. (Courtesy Which Wich)
Which Wich sandwich shop opening June 1 in Cypress

The sandwich shop is opening Monday at Fairfield Town Center.

The syrup drums being repurposed into rain barrels were donated from Coca-Cola. (Courtesy Galveston Bay Foundation)
Galveston Bay Foundation to host virtual, drive-thru rain barrel workshop

The Kemah-based nature conservation nonprofit is hosting a rain barrel workshop this weekend for Houstonians thirsting for a way to help conserve the community’s water supply.

Cypress Assistance Ministries has been providing emergency food to families in need at its food pantry. (Courtesy Cypress Assistance Ministries)
2 Cy-Fair nonprofits selected to distribute coronavirus relief funds

About $8.2 million raised from private donations was distributed to 65 nonprofits on May 28.

The Loaded Baked Potato ($8.95 ): Everything but the kitchen sink is added into this baked potato. (Courtesy 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering)
2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering adds permanent drive-thru to weather pandemic

Co-owner Chris Clarabut catered his brother-in-law’s wedding four years ago, not knowing it would be the start of 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering, he said.

The death total in Harris County now stands at 221. With 11,770 cases confirmed in the county, the death rate stands at 1.9%. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1 new death confirmed May 28, 8 deaths over past 7 days

By comparison, 23 deaths were confirmed between May 16-22, and 39 deaths were confirmed between May 9-15.

Klein Oak High School graduating senior Christopher Jones II received a variety of gift items from community member Rachael. (Courtesy Allanda Nichols)
Greater Houston-area graduating seniors celebrated through online community

Seniors of the graduating Class of 2020 are being celebrated with gifts and well-wishes through organized Facebook groups and "adopt-a-senior" programs created by Greater Houston-area community members.

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 buildings beginning June 1. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System discusses reopening plan for June 1

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 of its buildings June 1, prioritizing health science buildings.

Volunteers donate food and their time to Cypress Assistance Ministries during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Cypress Assistance Ministries)
Cy-Fair nonprofit seeks volunteers to keep up with demand for assistance

“If you already were barely making it paycheck to paycheck and you’ve lost that paycheck—I really can’t imagine it.”

Outdoor venues in all Texas counties will be permitted to operate at up to 25% capacity starting May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spectators to be welcomed back to Texas outdoor sporting events May 31 at 25% of venue capacity

Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing.

Students enrolled in the University of Houston College of Nursing can take classes at the Sugar Land campus. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: UH College of Nursing dean reflects on how coronavirus has affected education, profession

Kathryn Tart, dean of the University of Houston’s College of Nursing, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about how the novel coronavirus is changing the way the university is educating nursing students.