New Hwy. 290 lanes to open in Cy-Fair area following major weekend closure

Crews will reach another milestone on the Hwy. 290 widening project next week.

Crews will reach another milestone on the Hwy. 290 widening project next week.

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said they anticipate reaching another milestone the morning of Monday, Dec. 17, in the ongoing effort to widen Hwy. 290 between Loop 610 and the Waller County line.

The newest milestone will take place squarely in the Cy-Fair area. Crews plan to open one additional eastbound main lane from Barker Cypress Road to North Eldridge Parkway, bringing the total usable main lanes on that stretch of roadway up to four.

All eastbound entrance and exit ramps between Telge Road and North Eldridge Parkway will also open on Dec. 17. Ramps that have been closed up to this point include the eastbound entrance ramp from Huffmeister Road and the eastbound exit ramp to North Eldridge Parkway.

Crews will also open one westbound main lane from FM 529 to Hwy. 6, bringing the total main lanes there to five. One additional westbound exit lane to Hwy. 6/FM 1960 will also open, providing drivers a two-lane exit ramp.

The Hwy. 290 high occupancy vehicle lane will also be extended an additional 2.5 miles westward beyond where it currently ends near North Eldridge Parkway. The eastbound entrance/westbound exit at North Eldridge Parkway will be permanently closed, and a new one will open west of Huffmeister Road, TxDOT officials said in a press release.

The opening of new lanes is the latest of several milestones reached by TxDOT in 2018. Work finished Sept. 17 on Hwy. 290 westbound main lanes between Pinemont Drive and West Little York Road, providing five main lanes in each direction between West Little York Road and Loop 610. Main lane widening from the Grand Parkway to Waller County was completed in April, where four lanes now run in each direction.

TxDOT targeted the end of 2018 as a goal for having all main lane work completed, but recent updates suggest some work will carry over into 2019. Community Impact Newspaper has reached out for additional information on what work remains to be done and to what extent it will carry over into 2019.

Major closures will take place this weekend, Dec. 14-17, prior to the new lanes opening. The following closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, to 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17:

  • Two alternate eastbound main lanes between Telge Road and North Eldridge Parkway

  • Eastbound entrance ramps from Barker Cypress Road, Telge Road, Huffmeister Road and Hwy. 6/FM 1960

  • Eastbound exit ramps to Huffmeister Road, Hwy. 6/FM 1960 and North Eldridge Parkway

  • Two alternate westbound main lanes between FM 529 and North Eldridge Parkway

  • Westbound exit ramp to Hwy. 6/FM 1960

Police officers will be on site to direct traffic, but TxDOT is encouraging drivers to find alternate routes.

TxDOT will also host a US 290 Fair and Fest from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 15 to celebrate the work completed on the highway so far. The event will begin with a ceremonial program and will also include family-friendly entertainment and exhibitors from the Hwy. 290 corridor. The event takes place at the West Little York Park and Ride facility at 15010 Hempstead Road, Houston.

By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.