The Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District is beginning a project to improve mobility, safety and aesthetics on Tamina Road, a connector between FM 1488 and FM 2978.

The WMPID is an 1,800-acre special-purpose district created in 2003 to fund infrastructure and public safety projects benefitting businesses and residents in the FM 1488 and FM 2978 area, according to its website. The district is funded by sales tax revenue.

What's happening?

WMPID board members said in a Sept. 7 email that clearing should begin this fall on the median on Tamina Road. According to a May 12 news release from the WMPID, this means unhealthy trees and those prone to storm damage will be removed so left-turn lanes and bike lanes can be added along the roadway.

The project, which will be funded by the WMPID, is expected to total $7 million to $10 million. It will be bid in phases, according to the release.

Clearing the median is expected to cost $300,000, according to WMPID officials.

Improvements to Tamina Road will include:
  • Adding pedestrian walkways to provide easier and safer access to businesses along Tamina Road
  • Upgraded landscaping
  • Adding left-turn lanes
  • Adding bike lanes
Long story short

WMPID board members said in an email that the Tamina Road corridor was identified by the board and its consultants as needing improvements to traffic capacity. Safety concerns were also highlighted, including pedestrians on the roadway, illegal parking and driving through the median.

Stay tuned

While clearing the median is expected to begin this fall, the project is expected to take one year to 18 months to complete in all, according to the WMPID.

According to the news release, lane closures should be avoided during construction.