Construction on Willowbrook-area FM 1960 improvement project delayed for third time

The project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road, Breton Ridge Street and the Willowbrook Mall entrances as well as lengthen all turning lanes on FM 1960 between Centerfield Drive and Cutten Road to provide additional space for vehicles. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
The project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road, Breton Ridge Street and the Willowbrook Mall entrances as well as lengthen all turning lanes on FM 1960 between Centerfield Drive and Cutten Road to provide additional space for vehicles. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)

The project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road, Breton Ridge Street and the Willowbrook Mall entrances as well as lengthen all turning lanes on FM 1960 between Centerfield Drive and Cutten Road to provide additional space for vehicles. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)

An $18.8 million project to alleviate traffic in the Willowbrook area has been delayed for the third time, according to Danny Perez, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, the project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road, Breton Ridge Street and the Willowbrook Mall entrances as well as lengthen all turning lanes on FM 1960 between Centerfield Drive and Cutten to provide additional space for vehicles, Perez said. The project will also add a dedicated right-turn lane at Willow Center Drive and at Cutten and add a thru lane east- and westbound from the Willowbrook Mall Center entrance to Cutten.


Additionally, the project will incorporate pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, replace existing pavement and upgrade traffic signals.

Originally scheduled to go out for bid in January 2018, the project had previously been delayed twice due to challenges associated with right of way. As of early January, Perez said all parcels needed for the project had been acquired; however, several utility relocations and adjustments still needed to be made ahead of the previously anticipated June start date.

As of April 19, Perez said the project had been pushed back a third time due to utility conflicts. The project is now expected to go out for bid in December and construction will begin a few months later. The project will take roughly 28 months to complete.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.