Shenandoah City Council presented with transportation updates

Shenandoah City Council was presented with transportation updates around the city. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah City Council was presented with transportation updates around the city. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shenandoah City Council was presented with transportation updates around the city. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shenandoah City Council was presented with updates to mobility projects around the city during a regular meeting Jan. 22.

Bleyl Engineering President John Bleyl gave updates to the major projects his firm is working on for the city, including intersection improvements at Research Forest Drive and Tamina Road, a right turn lane on Research Forest Drive and an extension of David Memorial Drive.

Bleyl said a lot has been accomplished for the Research Forest intersection improvements, which will include paving new lanes under the overpass, since his last update in September.

“We had a meeting on Dec. 12 with [the Texas Department of Transportation], and they are on board with the project,” Bleyl said. “They have authorized us to move forward with the final design.”

Bleyl noted the project will take a year to complete the design, with permitting happening in 2021 and construction beginning in the fourth quarter of 2021.

“We are working on updating the traffic impact analysis we did in 2018; we have cameras put up that will update the traffic counts and we will redo the model with the current traffic counts,” Bleyl said.

Another major project the engineering firm is working on plans for is the David Memorial extension, though Bleyl said it is slow going due to the number of entities involved.

“We have had multiple meetings with Houston Methodist, the city of Conroe, the Precinct 4 commissioner, Montgomery County and the Corp. of Engineers,” Bleyl said. “We believe we will have the 30% set of plans to your staff and the county for review in February.”

The rest of planning will take the remainder of 2020 to complete, and construction is not anticipated to begin until 2022.

Bleyl Engineering is also working on projects for a right turn lane on Research Forest to I-45 South and modifying the entrance to Home Depot, both of which will see construction later this summer.

No action was taken following the presentation.

In other business, Council Member Ronald Raymaker announced his intention to run for re-election for City Council.

By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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