Texas Department of Transportation widening Loop 494 from two to four lanes

Lone Staru2019s $1.835 million bid includes a $1.1 million base bid for streets including include Vail Divide, Harrier Marsh, Falconhead Blvd. and Spillman Ranch Loop.

Lone Staru2019s $1.835 million bid includes a $1.1 million base bid for streets including include Vail Divide, Harrier Marsh, Falconhead Blvd. and Spillman Ranch Loop.

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Texas Department of Transportation widening Loop 494 from two to four lanes
The Texas Department of Transportation is relocating utilities and preparing to widen a 1.3-mile stretch of Loop 494 in Kingwood between Northpark Plaza Drive and north of Sorters McClellan Road.

The existing two-lane roadway is being widened to a four-lane divided highway, TxDOT Public Information Officer Emily Black said in an email.

TxDOT does not have an official start date for the $14.35 million project, but once it begins, construction is projected to take a little more than two years, Black said.

In addition to relocating utilities within the construction area along Loop 494, TxDOT is also waiting on an agreement with Union Pacific Corp., which it must receive because railroad tracks run along the road. In addition to widening Loop 494, TxDOT is building sidewalks along the new roadway.

“We are widening the road to increase capacity to improve traffic flow as well as improve pedestrian movement by constructing sidewalks,” Black said.

Black said it is necessary for TxDOT to complete projects such as widening Loop 494 in areas like Kingwood where the population is growing and congestion is worsening.

The transportation project is located in ZIP code 77339, which includes much of Kingwood. The ZIP code’s population increased from 37,917 in 2011 to 41,403 in 2017, which is an increase of about 9.2 percent, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Mobility and safety [are] our top [priorities] at TxDOT, so we are widening the road to ensure it is able to keep up with the growing population in the [Kingwood] area and increasing pedestrian safety with sidewalks,” Black said.
By Zac Ezzone
Zac Ezzone began his career as a journalist in northeast Ohio, where he freelanced for a statewide magazine and local newspaper. In April 2017, he moved from Ohio to Texas to join Community Impact Newspaper. He worked as a reporter for the Spring-Klein edition for more than a year before becoming the editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition.


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