UPDATED: Research Forest Drive water line repairs completed, lanes open Oct. 14t.

Updated Oct. 15, 9 a.m.

San Jacinto River Authority announced on Oct. 14 work on the eastbound lanes between Technology Forest Drive and New Trails Drive was complete and the lanes would reopen to traffic.

Updated Oct. 2, 9:40 a.m.

Research Forest Drive water line testing began the night of Oct. 1, and repairs are ongoing 24/7, according to a San Jacinto River Authority news release.

As of Oct. 1, four items on the SJRA checklist for repairs to the Research Forest Drive water line were complete, including installing a new section of the broken pipe. Work remaining on the checklist includes backfilling the affected area, removing the remaining pavement, repaving the area and coordinating with Montgomery County Precinct 3 to reopen the eastbound side of Research Forest Boulevard, according to the release.

SJRA stated that after concrete is poured it will take six to seven days of dry weather for the road to cure before being opened to traffic.

Updates on the progress of repairs can be accessed at the SJRA Facebook page.

Sept. 26, 8:45 a.m.
Repairs to the water line that broke beneath Research Forest Drive on Sept. 13 will begin Sept. 26 and take about three weeks, the San Jacinto River Authority announced.

Contractors will be on-site beginning Sept. 26 to repair the 30-inch water line that has closed the eastbound lanes of Research Forest Drive between New Trails Drive and Technology Forest Boulevard, according to an SJRA news release.

The westbound lanes continue to stay open, according to SJRA. Contractors plan to be on-site for approximately three weeks, which would mean until around Oct. 17. Traffic control will remain in the area for the duration of the project, officials said.

"We regret the immense inconvenience this has caused and are working diligently with our contractors to get the water line up and running and the road repaired as safely and as quickly as possible," a news release from the SJRA stated.

The release advises drivers to avoid the area and use routes such as Woodlands Parkway, Lake Woodlands Drive, Hwy. 242 and FM 1488.

The project is a cooperative effort between the SJRA, Montgomery County Precinct 3 and the Montgomery County constable’s office, according to the release. SJRA officials said the work should not cause any interruption of water services, and the closed section of road does not include any driveways or entry points.
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By Vanessa Holt

A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.


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