South Loop 336 widening among top Greater Houston-area road projects that could get federal funding

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Congestion along South Loop 336 in Conroe could soon see some relief, as the Conroe project was ranked among the top Greater Houston-area road projects by the Houston-Galveston Area Council that could receive federal funding through 2028.

After receiving 193 applications across the Greater Houston area, the H-GAC released a draft ranking Jan. 16 of projects that could be funded with roughly $920 million—including federal funding and state and local matches—through 2028.

The H-GAC rankings span eight counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. The group considered a variety of factors when ranking projects, including how much the project would enhance mobility, economic competitiveness, planning coordination and environmental factors.

According to the report, projects that scored above 150 points out of a possible 200 points in four metrics appear to be fundable. The project proposal from the Texas Department of Transportation to widen South Loop 336 between FM 1314 and I-45 was rated a total score of 187 out of 200. The $9.6 million project proposal includes widening the roadway from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway by 2022.

Public comments will also weigh into the production of final rankings. Comments can be submitted online, by mail or by phone through Feb. 28. Public comments for the longer-term 2045 Regional Transportation Plan will be accepted from March 19 through April 16.

Following the public review period, H-GAC will make the final selection of projects for federal funding for the 2019-22 Transportation Improvement Program, the 10-year plan and the 2045 RTP. A series of public meetings will also be hosted around Houston, starting with a Jan. 24 meeting at Friendswood City Hall.

In addition to South Loop 336 project, six other Conroe-area projects were ranked on H-GAC’s draft; however, the South Loop 336 widening is the only Conroe area project that scored above 150.

The other Conroe area projects included in the report are as followed:

FM 830 expansion

Total score: 140
Project scope: Old Montgomery Road to Hwy. 75
Federal funding requested: $11.7 million by 2024
Details: expand FM 830 from two lanes to a four-lane, divided roadway

FM 1314 extension and Airport Road widening

Total score: 82
Project scope: FM 1314 from North Hwy. 105 to Airport Road extension; Airport Road from FM 1314 widening to Loop 336 North
Federal funding requested: $12 million by 2020
Details: extend FM 1314 from Hwy. 105 North to Airport Road; widen Airport Road from two lanes to a four-lane, undivided roadway with sidewalks, storm sewers, and wastewater and water line improvements

Foster Drive widening

Total Score: 72
Project scope: Hwy. 75 to FM 1314
Federal funding requested: $11.1 million by 2022
Details: widen Foster Drive from two lanes to a four-lane, undivided roadway and bridge with a signal, sidewalks, storm sewer, and wastewater and water line improvements

Integration of traffic signals on Hwy. 105

Total score: 128
Project scope: Fostoria Road to FM 1486
Federal funding requested: $4.48 million by 2022
Details: install fiber-optic cable on Hwy. 105

Conroe Transit fleet maintenance facility

Total score: 90
Project scope: 1550 Anderson Road
Federal funding requested: $2.8 million by 2019
Details: construct a transit-maintenance facility with more than 11,000 square feet of interior space, a 1,100-square-foot covered bus wash, more than 9,000 square feet of covered bus parking and more than 5,000 square feet of parking

Pedestrian transit access and mobility improvements

Total score: 80
Project scope: South Loop 336 from Medical Center Boulevard to I-45; West Semands Avenue from I-45 to Hwy. 75; Sgt. Ed Holcomb Boulevard from FM 2854 to South of Hwy. 105; FM 2854 from I-45 to Hwy. 75; Westview Boulevard from Wilson Road to Loop 336; Grand Lakes Drive from South Loop 336 to River Pointe Drive; Gladstell Road from Hwy. 75 to First Street; Silverdale Drive from First Street to South Seventh Street; Phillips Street from First Street to Sixth Street; Davis Street from First Street to 10th Street
Federal funding requested: $3.9 million by 2020
Details: construct new 6-foot concrete sidewalks with Americans with Disability Act-friendly ramps

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Kelly Schafler
Kelly Schafler is a reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition of Community Impact, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she joined Community Impact as a full-time reporter in June 2017, Kelly wrote business and dining features for CI as a freelance journalist.
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