TxDOT proposes plans to expand Hwy. 90 lanes between Katy, Brookshire

hwy 90 kty
Construction on the estimated $113 million project to improve Hwy. 90 may not begin until 2025. (Coutesy TxDOT)

Construction on the estimated $113 million project to improve Hwy. 90 may not begin until 2025. (Coutesy TxDOT)

Image description
The existing Hwy. 90—excluding a section within the city of Brookshire—is a two-lane undivided roadway for traffic in both directions and no pedestrian or bike lanes. TxDOT has proposed expanding this part of Hwy. 90 into four lanes with two lanes for each direction; and adding a median, lanes for bikes and pedestrians, and dedicated turn lanes at intersections. Drainage improvements are also proposed. (Courtesy TxDOT)
Image description
Within the city of Brookshire, Hwy. 90 between Bains to Kenney streets is an existing four-lane roadway, with two lanes in both directions; it also has shoulder parking and sidewalks on the south side. TxDOT has proposed adding a center turn lane and a share-used path for cyclists and pedestrians on the north side of the road. (Courtesy TxDOT)
Hwy. 90, which runs parallel to I-10, may receive road improvements in the future.

The Texas Department of Transportation published a prerecorded virtual public meeting July 28 regarding proposed changes—intended to improve mobility and safety—to 10 miles of the roadway between FM 1463 near Brookshire and I-10 in Katy.

If the $113 million in federal funds are secured, construction would start in 2025, according to the presentation. And estimated completion date was not provided.

The existing Hwy. 90, excluding a section within the city of Brookshire, is a two-lane undivided roadway for traffic in both directions with no pedestrian or bike lanes.

TxDOT proposes expanding this part of Hwy. 90 into four lanes, with two lanes for each direction; and adding a median, lanes for bikes and pedestrians, and dedicated turn lanes at intersections. Drainage improvements have also been proposed.


There are two choices TxDOT can pursue for these improvements.

The first alternative proposes creating a 12-foot bikeway on the north side of the road and a 6-foot sidewalk on the south side. This would widen the right of way to 120 feet and create no displacements.

The second alternative proposes creating two 10-foot shared-use paths on both sides of the highway. This would widen the right of way to 135 feet and create three business displacements.

Within the city of Brookshire, Hwy. 90 between Bains to Kenney streets is an existing four-lane roadway with two lanes in both directions; it also has shoulder parking and sidewalks on the south side.

TxDOT has proposed adding a center turn lane and a shared-used path for cyclists and pedestrians on the north side of the road. The south side parking and sidewalks would remain as they are.

More information about the proposed project is available on TxDOT’s website. The public may submit feedback about the project until Aug. 12.

After the comment period closes, TxDOT will review the feedback, create a summary and publish it online. Then, the department will refine the schematics with additional environmental evaluations before presenting a recommended alternative for the public to review again. After that, the project must be approved, funding must be secured and rights of way must be acquired before construction can begin.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


MOST RECENT

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down 10% since Aug. 3

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center.

During a special Commissioners Court meeting Aug. 6, officials talked about hiking the property tax by 8%. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Commissioners Court considers raising property tax by 8%

Commissioners will return to the proposal when the Harris County Appraisal District gives its property tax estimates at the end of the month.

Cy-Fair ISD will offer in-person instruction in addition to a learning-from-home option in 2020-21. (Design by Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)
40K Katy ISD students choose to stay home and learn virtually

Superintendent Kenneth Gregorski said children can learn virtually for a grading period or the entire school year if the parents choose to do so.

Fort Bend County has a total of 8,878 coronavirus cases as of Aug. 6. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
With change in reporting system, Fort Bend County coronavirus cases count grows by 1,687 in 4 days

A change in the coronavirus case tracking system and an influx of data from a local hospital and lab resulted in higher-than-before numbers of newly reported cases this week.

About 32% of those screened by Mental Health America chose loneliness or social isolation as one of three main contributors to their mental health concerns. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
COVID-19 is increasing time spent on social media, affecting mental health, experts say

Americans have been spending more of their lives online since the coronavirus outbreak forced bars, restaurants and movie theaters to close in March.

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

HomeAid Houston partnered with Boys and Girls Country to open three cottages in Hockley. (Courtesy Boys and Girls Country)
Builders partner to serve homeless population through nonprofit HomeAid Houston

Since launching in 2003, the organization has helped provide 20,000 beds for homeless individuals in the Houston area.

The 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Shortened census timeline could shortchange Houston, its most vulnerable communities

The 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount.

The farm-to-table restaurant plans to create 90 jobs and offer familiar American meals. (Courtesy Whiskey Cake)
Whiskey Cake restaurant to open in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

The overall death total in Harris County hit 805, with the majority of deaths—78%—occurring in individuals ages 60 and older. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 17 deaths confirmed Aug. 5, including man in his 20s

The overall death total hit 805, with the majority of deaths—78%—occurring in individuals ages 60 and older.