Possible coronavirus infections delay median enhancements on Texas Parkway, Cartwright Road in Missouri City

Landscaping efforts along Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road medians have been delayed because of potential coronavirus cases among workers.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Landscaping efforts along Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road medians have been delayed because of potential coronavirus cases among workers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Landscaping efforts along Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road medians have been delayed because of potential coronavirus cases among workers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Work on median landscaping along segments of Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road has been delayed because of potential coronavirus infections among employees for a Texas Department of Transportation contractor, according to Stacie Walker, Missouri City’s director of communications.

All employees of the contractor are being tested for the virus and will not return to work before they are cleared, Walker said in an email.



Walker said Missouri City residents had contacted the city to ask about the project’s status. According to a July 6 Facebook post, Missouri City’s Public Works Department will mitigate aesthetic issues that arise from the delay.

The $1 million median enhancements are Phase 1 of Missouri City’s three-phase corridor beautification project. TxDOT is funding Phase 1, which is expected to be completed in late July or early August.

By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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