Here are the latest updates on 4 Katy-area transportation projects



Recent updates


1. Katy Flewellen Road from Gaston Road to Spring Green roundabout

The project will improve the existing two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane divided concrete boulevard with underground stormwater drainage. The city of Katy is waiting for Fort Bend County to construct the Katy Flewellen Road at Gaston Road intersection before the city proceeds with the construction of Gaston Road from Katy Flewellen to Spring Green Boulevard, according to Fort Bend County Engineer Stacy Slawinski. A final tract for the right of way along Katy Flewellen will be acquired in mid-August, Slawinski said.  After the final tract is complete, private utility companies will begin relocating their facilities, which include overhead electrical and underground communication lines.

Timeline: Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2019
Cost: $7.4 million
Funding source: Fort Bend County






2. Cane Island Parkway extension

This project concerns a two-lane road under construction that will connect Cane Island Parkway and FM 1463 just south of I-10 in Katy. Officials from Fort Bend County said the existing curve at FM 1463 will be replaced with a signalized intersection. Slawinski said crews are still working on the intersection at FM 1463 as of July 26. The completion date has been pushed back for the second time from July to mid-September, Slawinski said.

Timeline: July 2017-Sept. 2018
Cost: $8.7 million
Funding sources: Fort Bend County, city of Katy, Ventana Development






3. Gaston Road widening

This widening will expand a 1.6-mile stretch of Gaston Road from Greenbusch Road south of Katy Flewellen Road. The existing two-lane asphalt roadway will be reconstructed as a four-lane divided concrete road with underground stormwater drainage. According to Slawinski, the county has already paid for design and right of way acquisition. Fort Bend County commissioners awarded construction contracts for the project to Allgood Construction Co. Inc. on June 12, and the start time was July 16.

Timeline: July 2018-Aug. 20, 2019
Cost: $9.1 million
Funding source: Fort Bend County






4. Mason and Franz roads intersection improvements

New northbound and southbound dual left-turn lanes will be installed at North Mason Road. The eastbound and westbound left-turn lanes will be extended, and a traffic signal has been replaced and is operational as of July 26, according to Harris County Precinct 3 Project Manager Paul Hawkins. Hawkins said crews are now working to remove old traffic poles and foundations and then will finish pouring concrete for the roadway improvements. Hawkins said the Harris County Construction Programs Division reported the contractor should complete work within the next 2 to 3 weeks pending weather.

Timeline: February-end of August
Cost: $950,000
Funding source: Harris County




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