Six ongoing transportation projects in the Lake Houston area

Here are six of the transportation and road projects taking place throughout the Lake Houston area.

  1. Lockwood Drive expansion

McCord Development is designing the expansion of Lockwood Drive to four lanes between Beltway 8 and Union Pacific Railroad Corp. tracks. The project includes drainage and railroad crossing improvements. The expansion is a joint project between Harris County Precinct 4 and McCord Development. The county sent the project out to bid in late 2018.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $1.8 million
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, McCord Development

2. Loop 494 widening
The Texas Department of Transportation is expanding Loop 494 from two to four lanes between Sorters McClellan Road and Northpark Plaza Drive. Construction plans also include building sidewalks along the new roadway. The agency plans to send the project out for bid this year.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $14.4 million
Funding source: TxDOT

3. Northpark Drive expansion
The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority is expanding Northpark Drive between Hwy. 59 to Woodland Hills Drive from four to six lanes. The project will also create an overpass at the railroad tracks and will be completed in two phases. Construction of Phase 1 is scheduled for 2020 and includes the stretch of road from Hwy. 59 to Russell Palmer Road. Construction of Phase 2 is scheduled for 2023 and includes the stretch of road from Russell Palmer Road to Woodland Hills Drive.

Timeline: 2020-TBD (Phase 1), 2023-TBD (Phase 2)
Cost: $86.2 million
Funding sources: city of Houston, federal grants, LHRA

4. Timber Forest Drive widening
In November, Harris County Precinct 2 began widening Timber Forest Drive from two lanes to four lanes between Eagle Springs and Madera Run parkways. Construction is scheduled to conclude in the second quarter of 2019.

Timeline: November 2018-second quarter 2019
Cost: $2.7 million
Funding source: Harris County Precinct 2

5. Wilson Road expansion
SER Construction Partners began work on the expansion of Wilson Road in January 2018. The road is expanding to four lanes between just north of Beltway 8 and Atascocita Road. The planned construction will also include the installation of a sidewalk extension between Park Lakes Elementary School and Viscaro Lane.

Timeline: January 2018-October 2019
Cost: $9.9 million
Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

6. Woodland Hills Drive traffic signal
Harris County Precinct 4 is installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Woodland Hills Drive and Liles Lane. The project is in the design phase, and the county plans to begin construction in 2019.

Timeline: 2019-TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

By Zac Ezzone

Zac Ezzone began his career as a journalist in northeast Ohio, where he freelanced for a statewide magazine and local newspaper. In April 2017, he moved from Ohio to Texas to join Community Impact Newspaper. He worked as a reporter for the Spring-Klein edition for more than a year before becoming the editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition.


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