Repairing Clay, Porter roads; widening Peek, Gaston roads: 4 Katy-area transportation updates to know November 2019

Construction crews move traffic cones on Gaston Road, which is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction crews move traffic cones on Gaston Road, which is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Construction crews move traffic cones on Gaston Road, which is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are updates to four road projects in the Katy area.

Completed projects

Traffic signal installation

Harris County installed a new traffic signal system at the intersection of Morton Ranch and Porter roads. The system was activated in early November, Harris County engineer Jennifer Almonte said.

Timeline: August-November


Cost: $310,000

Funding source: Harris County

Ongoing projects

Gaston Road widening

All lanes of Gaston Road between Greenbusch Road and Katy Flewellen Road are expected to be open to the public by Thanksgiving, said Ike Akinwande, Fort Bend County assistant engineer. The county has been working on widening the street into a four-lane, divided concrete road with underground stormwater drainage since last summer. Remaining work includes 1,600 feet of paving and curb installation as well as installing a few drainage structure driveways.

Timeline: July 2018-November 2019

Cost: $6.8 million

Funding source: Fort Bend County

Peek Road widening

Work continues on Phase 1 to widen Peek Road between 600 feet north of Clay Road to 300 feet north of Grand Ventana Drive into a four-lane concrete boulevard, Almonte said. Crews have completed the northbound lanes, driveways and cross-street tie-in. They are preparing for a traffic switch to move traffic from old and temporary asphalt roads to the new concrete lanes so that work can start on southbound lanes. Additionally, crews will soon begin work on underground leads that take stormwater from the west side of the road to the storm sewer system on the east side. Construction on Phase 2 of Porter Road, between 300 feet north of Grand Ventana to north of Stockdick School Road, will be bid in 2020.

Timelines: Phase 1: April 2019-fourth quarter 2019; Phase 2: TBD

Cost: Phase 1: $4.4 million; Phase 2: $3 million

Funding source: Harris County

Repairing Clay, Porter roads

Harris County began repairing Clay Road, between Peek and North Fry roads, and Porter Road, between Morton Ranch and Stockdick School roads, on Oct. 14, Almonte said. The project entails removing and replacing road base, removing part of the surface pavement, overlaying the road with new surface material and re-striping. Crews have completed base repair on Porter Road south of Clay Road and are working on base repair north of Clay Road. They will next work on installing new surface material.

Timeline: October 2019-second quarter 2020

Cost: $4.3 million

Funding source: Harris County

All information on this page was updated as of 11/1/19. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects? Email us at ktynews@communityimpact.com
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By Jen Para

Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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