Entergy Texas is nearing completion on the first phase of utility relocations for the Northpark Drive overpass project, company officials confirmed June 4.

What's happening?

Entergy Texas is constructing up to 20 new utility poles and power lines along Northpark Drive between Hwy. 59 and Woodland Hills Drive as part of the Northpark Drive overpass project. The work is being divided into two sections: east of the Union Pacific railroad and west of the Union Pacific railroad.

As of June 4, Entergy officials said work is nearing completion on the eastern portion.

Quote of note

"Even with severe weather causing slight delays to our project timeline, Entergy Texas is on track to complete work in the east region before the end of June," said Brian Garcia, Entergy's customer service manager for the region. "We appreciate the community's patience as our crews work safely to support the rapidly growing energy needs of southeast Texas."

About the project

The Northpark Drive overpass project will expand Northpark Drive from four to six lanes between Hwy. 59 and Russell Palmer Road, and add an overpass over the Union Pacific railroad and Loop 494. In a February newsletter, Fred Flickinger, Houston City Council member for District E—which includes the Kingwood area—said construction on the drainage components of the project were underway.

As previously reported by Community Impact, construction on the Northpark Drive overpass project began in April 2023 and is expected to continue through October 2025. The estimated $76.2 million project is a joint venture between Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 10/the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority and the city of Houston.

Next steps

Once construction on the eastern portion is complete, Entergy officials will immediately begin installing utility poles and power lines in the western portion of the project site.