TxDOT's Loop 494 expansion project delayed to third quarter of 2021

The Texas Department of Transportation is in the process of expanding Loop 494. This is the road near Sorters McClellan Road prior to construction. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Texas Department of Transportation is in the process of expanding Loop 494. This is the road near Sorters McClellan Road prior to construction. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Department of Transportation is in the process of expanding Loop 494. This is the road near Sorters McClellan Road prior to construction. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Department of Transportation is set to finish reconstructing Loop 494 between Sorters McClellan Road and Northpark Plaza Drive in the third quarter of 2021. The project expands the road from two to four lanes and adds a raised turf median and center turn lanes at intersections and sidewalks.

TxDOT Public Information Officer Emily Black said utility issues delayed the completion date from the second quarter of 2021. The cost also increased slightly from $14.3 million to $15.1 million because TxDOT had to redesign a portion of the project to work around utility issues and reduce the effects on traffic, Black said.


Timeline: July 2019-third quarter 2021

Cost: $15.1 million

Funding source: TxDOT
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.