Katy City Council approved the next steps in an improvement project planned for Katy Hockley Road between Morton Road and Clay Road on Jan. 22.

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On Dec. 11, council voted unanimously to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Katy Development Authority to make improvements to Katy Hockley Road and purchase right of way for the construction.

On Jan. 22, council approved five motions accepting public right-of-way easements along Katy Hockley Road for the project, according to meeting documents. For the easements, a total of 0.054 acres of land costing $15,217 was approved. Three land purchases for a maximum total of about $142,958 for 0.142 acres were also approved.

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Katy is experiencing a steady population climb, which is a contributing factor to the traffic congestion along Katy Hockley Road, as previously reported by Community Impact. The project would increase the roadway from two lanes to four lanes between Morton and Clay roads, and involve drainage improvements.

As previously reported by Community Impact, the project will:
  • Begin in November or December and take about one year to complete
  • Cost as much as $7 million, according to December agenda documents
  • Be funded by the KDA with Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County funds
The city also purchased the right of way for the construction from two Katy residents for a cumulative purchase price of $51,210, as previously reported by Community Impact.