1. Hwy. 290 Project G
Work on the interchange of Beltway 8 and Hwy. 290 has been steadily progressing. New Hwy. 290 frontage roads providing access to businesses and developments along the roadway are expected to be completed over the summer, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.Collector-distributor lanes are under construction between the Hwy. 290 mainlanes and frontage roads in both directions through the Beltway 8 interchange. The new lanes, which will provide drivers a separate lane to enter and exit the highway, are expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
Timeline: March 2013-2017
Cost: $110.4 million
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation
2. Beltway 8 direct connector
Construction continues on the Harris County Toll Road Authority project that will add a direct connector from Hwy. 249 southbound to Beltway 8 westbound. Work on the overhead bents across the frontage road continued in May. HCTRA expects there will be additional short-duration lane closures on the Hwy. 249 frontage road from Greens Road to Beltway 8 during weekends. More details are available at www.hctra.org.
Timeline: summer 2014-late fall 2015
Cost: $125 million
Funding sources: HCTRA
3. Greenhouse Road extension
Harris County Precinct 3 officials began work April 20 on the extension of Greenhouse Road from Alston Hills Drive to Towne Lake Greene Trail. When complete the new thoroughfare will feature a concrete boulevard with two lanes in each direction. The extension project is one of several smaller projects county officials have planned to help improve mobility in the Cypress area.
Timeline: April 20-November
Cost: $5.9 million
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 3
4. The Grand Parkway
Construction of the Grand Parkway is requiring several lane closures and traffic diversions on a number of roads near the project, including the Hwy. 290 connector ramp and the permanent closure of a portion of Self Road. Three segments—F-1, F-2, G—of the project are under simultaneous construction and will total 37 miles of Houston’s third outer loop. The segments stretch from Hwy. 290 to Hwy. 59 and feature major overpasses and interchanges at Hwy. 290, Hwy. 249 and I-45. For additional, up-to-date information on the construction progress and lane closures for each of the segments, visit www.grandparkway99.com.
Timeline: summer 2013-December 2015
Cost: $1 billion
Funding sources: TxDOT
5. FM 1960/Hwy. 6
The construction of medians on Hwy. 6 between I-10 and Pointe Northwest Boulevard wrapped up this spring. Meanwhile construction is expected to continue through the summer on medians along FM 1960 from Windermere Lakes Boulevard to Hwy. 249. The medians are replacing a two-way center turn lane in an effort to improve safety for drivers.
Timeline: fall 2014-late summer 2015
Cost: $3.9 million
Funding sources: TxDOT