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
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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