6 ongoing transportation projects to know in the Lake Houston area in April

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Here are six transportation projects to know in the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood area in April.

Ongoing projects

Timber Forest Drive expansion

In November, Harris County Precinct 2 began widening Timber Forest Drive from a two-lane road to a four-lane road between Eagle Springs and Madera Run parkways. Construction on the $2.7 million project 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

Northpark Drive expansion

The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority is expanding Northpark Drive between Hwy. 59 to Woodland Hills Drive from four to six lanes and creating an overpass at the railroad tracks. Phase 1, set to start in 2020, targets Hwy. 59 to Russell Palmer Road. Phase 2, set to start in 2023, targets Russell Palmer to Woodland Hills Drive.

Timeline: 2020-TBD (Phase 1), 2023-TBD (Phase 2)
Cost: $86.2 million
Funding source: Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority

Recent updates

Wilson Road expansion

A Harris County Precinct 4 project to expand Wilson Road from a two- to four-lane road between just north of Beltway 8 and Atascocita Road will soon be completed. The contract completion date for the project is Oct. 21; however, contracting company SER Construction is ahead of schedule and expects an April completion date. The project also includes a sidewalk extension between Park Lakes Elementary School and Viscaro Lane as well as adding a traffic signal at Greens Road.

Timeline: Jan. 29, 2018-April 2019
Cost: $9.8 million
Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

Lockwood Road expansion

McCord Development is designing the expansion of Lockwood Road from a two-lane asphalt road to a four-lane concrete road between Beltway 8 and the Union Pacific railroad 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 will send the project out to bid in the second quarter of 2019, and the project will take roughly six months to complete once construction begins.

Timeline: third quarter 2019-TBD
Cost: $2 million
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, McCord Development

Loop 494 expansion

The Texas Department of Transportation will soon begin work on its project to reconstruct Loop 494 between Sorters McClellan Road and Northpark Plaza from a two-lane road to a four-lane road. The project, which is expected to take roughly two years to complete, also includes enhancing the roadway with a raised turf median, left-turn lanes at intersections and sidewalks.

Timeline: second quarter 2019-second quarter 2021
Cost: $14.3 million
Funding source: TxDOT

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Kelly Schafler
Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.
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