Richmond area transportation project updates to know this December


Keep these project updates in mind when planning your morning commute through Richmond this month.

  1. Owens Road realignment
    Formerly a private prison road, Owens Road has been transferred to Fort Bend County for private use and will undergo a realignment project. The project involves widening the roadway and realigning the west end of Owens Road to connect to Plantation Drive.

Timeline: August-December
Cost: $2.65 million (realignment)
Funding sources: Fort Bend County (realignment), developer (widening)

2. The Grand Parkway at Harlem Road improvements
The project is in the first of three phases. The roadway will be widened to include turn lanes and U-turn lanes at the intersection of the Grand Parkway and Harlem Road. The project also includes the rebuilding of intersection traffic signals. Phase 2 will widen Harlem Road to six lanes and add additional turn lanes. The second phase is part of the 2017 mobility bond that was approved by voters Nov. 7. County officials said Phase 2 of the project will not be completed until an engineer is chosen and design plans are approved.

Timeline: March 2017-January 2018 (Phase 1)
Cost: $2.24 million (Phase 1)
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation, Fort Bend County

3. Front Street
The project will widen Front Street from Eugene Heimann Circle to Loop 762 between Second and Third streets. The existing two-lane asphalt roadway will be reconstructed as a four-lane concrete roadway with a traffic signal at Loop 762.

Timeline: summer 2018-spring 2019
Cost: $2.5 million
Funding sources: Fort Bend County, city of Richmond

4. Williams Way-South extension
The Williams Way-South project will construct a four-lane concrete roadway from I-69 to FM 762. The roadway will be divided by a median. This extension will provide an alternate access to I-69 that will address traffic buildup that can occur in the area during peak traffic times.

Timeline: Nov. 2017-Oct. 2018
Cost: $6 million
Funding source: Fort Bend County

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