First Street improvements, FM 1093 widening: 4 Katy-area transportation projects to know this June

The city of Katy is ahead of schedule on improving First Street.

The city of Katy is ahead of schedule on improving First Street.

Work continues on various mobility projects in the Katy area.


First Street improvements


Construction work on First Street is ahead of schedule, said David Leyendecker of Clay & Leyendecker Inc. The installation of underground large storm sewers is complete, and crews are pouring concrete between Bartlett Road and Carolina Street to expand the road to a two-way, three-lane concrete road with a turn lane. First Street from Bartlett Road to Cane Island Parkway will also receive sidewalks.

Timeline: November 2018-July 2019
Cost: $4.5 million
Funding source: Katy Development Authority





FM 1093 widening


The Texas Department of Transportation continues on Phase 2B to widen FM 1093 between Texas Heritage Parkway to James Lane into a four-lane road with a median. Crews have been pouring concrete for two future eastbound lanes between Texas Heritage Parkway and Fulshear Trace, TxDOT Project Manager Kurt Lehmann said. Crews have also been working on turn lanes at intersections as well as at commercial properties. Lehmann said he hopes to open the eastbound lanes between Texas Heritage Parkway and Fulshear Trace to the public and conduct a lane switch this summer.

Timeline: December 2018-March 2020
Cost: $19.8M
Funding sources: TxDOT, Fort Bend County, Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority, Fort Bend County Assistance District No. 1





Gaston Road widening


Gaston Road is being widened from a two-lane asphalt road to a four-lane divided concrete road with underground storm water drainage between Greenbusch Road and Katy Flewellen Road. Crews continue to pour concrete on the north side and will switch traffic to pave the southern half of the lanes, Fort Bend County Engineer Stacy Slawinski said. The project also includes expanding Greenbusch between Gaston and east of Ensley Hollow Drive. Crews are constructing the two-lane asphalt road into a four-lane concrete road with a median and stormwater drainage.

Timeline: July 2018-October 2019
Cost: $6.8 million
Funding source: Fort Bend County





Grand Parkway frontage road expansion


Fort Bend County and TxDOT hope to break ground in 2020 on southbound frontage roads on the west side of the Grand Parkway between Cinco Ranch Boulevard and Westheimer Parkway and between South Fry Road and FM 1093. Both segments will include building a 15-foot-wide outside lane, a 12-foot-wide inside lane and a 13-foot-wide auxiliary lane.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $24 million
Funding source: Fort Bend County


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