News Categories: Road & Bridge

29 Mar
By: Communications 0

Greater Service Through Collaboration

By Alicia Alaniz

When it comes to improving safety and mobility, Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division strives to go beyond the call of duty.

The CIP program focuses on new road construction, road expansion projects, including drainage mitigation, traffic signals and intersection improvements, school zone flashing warning signals, and sidewalks throughout Precinct 4.

“Serving constituents is Precinct 4’s purpose—serving them well is our number one goal,” says Lindsey Trahan, agency coordinator for Precinct 4’s CIP Division. “Collaboration allows the county to stretch our funds so we can expand our services.”

Trahan works with Home Owners Associations (HOAs) and Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) in Precinct 4 to offer partnership opportunities to better serve their residents. “These partnerships allow us to provide additional services,” says Trahan.

According to Trahan, sidewalk installation is one of the most common partnership requests CIP receives.

“Precinct 4’s policy suggests Precinct 4 will install sidewalks from a subdivision entrance to a school property line, along a curbed major thoroughfare, as long as there is an existing sidewalk on the school property,” says Trahan. “Sidewalks that do not comply with the policy require an HOA, MUD, or school district to fund 50 percent of the project cost.”

As population growth continues, previously quiet subdivisions may deal with additional traffic, sparking the need for safer pedestrian routes. Aging subdivisions may also need other upgrades to comply with modern safety standards.

For example, the Birnam Wood- Fairfax Homeowners Association recently partnered with Precinct 4 to install sidewalks on the east and west side of Reynaldo Drive, upgrade the pedestrian ramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and refresh the crosswalk striping in the subdivision.

“If you want capital improvements in your neighborhood, a great first step is getting your HOA or MUD on board with your idea,” Trahan advises. “Your initiative will have more impact if they are willing to partner with the county.”

To learn more about Precinct 4’s CIP Division, visit www.hcp4.net/CIP.

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15 Aug
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Harris County Precinct 4 Capital Improvement Projects

Is traffic slowing you down? Precinct 4 currently has 10 Capital Improvement Projects under construction and 51 in the design phase.

Check out some of the top projects affecting your area below.

Aldine

Treaschwig Road from Aldine Westfield Road to Birnam Wood Boulevard

Proposed improvements include upgrading Treaschwig Road from the existing two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane concrete boulevard section with appropriate drainage system and traffic signalization at Trilby Way. The project is currently in the design phase.

Cypress Fairbanks

Telge Road and Bridge from Spring Cypress Road (west) to Spring Cypress Road (east)

Planned improvements include widening the Telge Road Bridge over Little Cypress Creek to four-lanes. The construction contract was awarded to Mar-Con Services, LLC, and notice to proceed was given on May 15, 2017. Construction should be complete in September 2018. This is a joint project between Harris County Precinct 3 and Harris County Precinct 4.

Grant Road from Old Kluge Road to Spring Cypress Road

Planned improvements include upgrading Grant Road from the existing two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane concrete boulevard section with storm sewer system, traffic signalization or signal modifications as warranted and all appurtenances necessary for realizing a completed project within an 80-foot right of way. Harris County awarded the construction contract to Angel Brother’s Enterprises, Ltd and notice to proceed with construction was given on February 1, 2017. Construction completion is scheduled for January 21, 2019.

Humble

Lockwood Road from Union Pacific Railroad to Beltway 8

Proposed improvements include upgrading Lockwood Road from the existing two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane concrete boulevard section with appropriate drainage system accommodating low impact development components. The project is currently in the design phase. It is Harris County’s goal to bid the project for construction in the third quarter of 2018.

Kings Park Way from Atascocita Road to FM 1960

Planned improvements include widening the half-boulevard section of Kings Park Way (Atasca Oaks Drive) to a four-lane concrete boulevard section with appropriate drainage accommodations, traffic signal modifications and all appurtenances necessary for a complete project. notice to proceed with the construction efforts is expected to be given upon completion of the utility relocation effort. This is a joint participation effort between Precinct 4 and Precinct 2.

Klein

Hufsmith-Kohrville Road from Mahaffey Road to FM 2920

Planned improvements include upgrading Hufsmith-Kohrville Road from the existing two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane concrete boulevard section with storm sewer system, traffic signal installation at Mahaffey Road as warranted and all appurtenances necessary for realizing a complete project. The project was awarded to Allgood Construction and notice to proceed was given January 29. The project is expected to be complete December 24.

Gosling Road from Mossy Oaks Road Limit to West Rayford Road

Planned improvements include widening Gosling Road, between Mossy Oaks Road and West Rayford Road, as a four-lane concrete boulevard section with appropriate drainage system and all appurtenances necessary for a complete project. Commissioners’ Court awarded the project to Allgood Construction and notice to proceed was issued March 21. Construction completion is scheduled for August 13, 2019.

Spring

Riley Fuzzel Road from West Hardy Road to Hardy Toll Road

Proposed improvements include upgrading Riley Fuzzel Road from the existing two-lane asphalt roadway to a five-lane concrete pavement section. The project is currently in the design phase and is expected to be published for bidding purposes in the first quarter of 2019.

Veterans Memorial Drive from Beltway 8 to FM 1960

Proposed improvements include installation of the missing segments of a continuous turn lane on Veterans Memorial Drive, between West Greens Road and FM 1960, with traffic signal upgrades and intersection improvements as needed. The project is currently in the Study Phase.

Tomball

Holderrieth Road from Calvert Road to SH 249

Planned improvements include extending Holderrieth Road, between Calvert Road and SH 249, as a four-lane concrete boulevard section with appropriate drainage and all appurtenances necessary for a complete project. Commissioners Court awarded the project to Unitas Construction and the contractor was given the notice to proceed on January 29. Construction completion is scheduled for November 25.

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19 Jun
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Klein and Champions Area Capital Improvements

Looking for road updates in your neighborhood? Harris County Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects division has you covered. This month, we’re spotlighting a few of the major projects in the Klein/Champions area. Check out some of the projects below.

Champions Drive between FM 1960 and Cypress Creek

Champion Drive is a joint participation roadway and drainage improvement project with Champions Municipal Utility District to upgrade the two-lane asphalt roadway to a two-lane concrete pavement section with an appropriate drainage system. Precinct 4 seeks to begin construction on the project this summer.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvements – Spring Cypress Road Corridor between Telge Road and FM 2920

Proposed improvements include the installation of traffic signal systems on Spring Cypress Road at Chaseloch Street, Glenn Haven Estates Drive, Carrot Street/Stone Forest Drive and Foster Road, including median modifications, turn lane improvements, installation of fiber optic interconnect along the corridor and battery back-up systems for existing traffic signal systems along the Spring Cypress Road corridor.

The project is part of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) managed by Harris County and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). TxDOT will fund 80 percent of the construction costs of the project and Harris County will fund the study, design, and 20 percent of the construction costs. The project is currently in the design phase.

Gleannloch Forest Drive between 1,400 feet south of the Grand Parkway and the Grand Parkway

Gleannloch Forest Drive is in the design phase and could begin as early as the third quarter of 2018. Improvements include upgrading the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane concrete boulevard section.

This is a joint participation project between Harris County, Harris County Municipal Utility District 367, and Harris County Municipal Utility District 383.

Hufsmith-Kohrville Road Segment 2 between Hollow Glen Lane and Ezekiel Road

Hufsmith-Kohrville Road Segment 2 is currently in the design phase and Precinct 4’s goal is to seek bid authorization in the fourth quarter of 2018. Proposed improvements include upgrading Hufsmith-Kohrville Road as a four-lane concrete boulevard section with traffic signals installed at Lacey Road and Ezekiel Road.

Hufsmith-Kohrville Road Segment 3 between Ezekiel Road and Holderrieth Road

Hufsmith-Kohrville Road Segment 3 is currently in the design phase and work could begin as early as the second quarter of 2019. Proposed improvements include upgrading Hufsmith-Kohrville Road as a four-lane concrete boulevard section with traffic signals installed at Woodland Shore Drive.

Louetta Road at Strack Drive Traffic Signal

Precinct 4 recently initiated the Louetta Road at Strack Road traffic signalization project. Project development (design and construction) will take approximately 9 to12 months to accomplish. Proposed improvements include the installation of a traffic signal system with pedestrian accommodations.

Spring Cypress Road at Senterra Lakes Boulevard Traffic Signal

Precinct 4 recently initiated the Spring Cypress Road at Senterra Lakes Boulevard traffic signalization project. Project development (design and construction) will take approximately 9 to 12 months to accomplish. Proposed improvements include the installation of a traffic signal system with pedestrian accommodations.

Stuebner Airline Road Segment C between FM 2920 and Northeast of the Grand Parkway

Proposed improvements include extending Stuebner Airline Road between FM 2920 and the Grand Parkway as a four-lane concrete pavement system and upgrading the existing Spring Stuebner Road as a four-lane concrete pavement section between the Grand Parkway and 1,500 feet northeast of the Grand Parkway. Harris County Commissioners Court is expected to execute an agreement with the consultant to accomplish the study and design phase engineering services in June.

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30 May
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Where Do Turtles Go During a Flood?

When disaster strikes, most animals head to higher ground. Turtles simply hunker down and ride out the storm.

Fast-moving floodwaters would ordinarily have displaced the turtles in Jones Park’s Turtle Pond, but Hurricane Harvey had a different effect, said Jason Naivar, staff naturalist at Jones Park.

“Unless they can wedge themselves into vegetation or a structure, odds are they will get carried downstream,” he said. “But, with Harvey, the water line was up in the tree canopy. This gave the turtles plenty of places to get stuck in the leaves and branches of the trees and ride out the storm.”

After Hurricane Harvey, Naivar, who teaches Freshwater Ecology at the outdoor aquatics lab, went to check on the turtles. Right away, he noticed a difference.

“The new turtles did not recognize our reptile pellets as food,” he said. “The turtles that rode out the storm went right for them.”

Naivar estimates about half the original turtle population washed away and a few new ones moved in. The fish weren’t so lucky, he said.

“The number of turtles before the storm was estimated at 70 to 80 individuals,” he said. “There is currently a population of 30 to 40 turtles in the pond. The majority are red eared sliders, but there are also two common snapping turtles and about four river cooters.”

Naivar expects the turtle population to rebound after the flood. The Turtle Pond contains everything turtles need to survive, he said.

“Most aquatic turtles are omnivorous and have a wide variety in their diet,” said Naivar. “With plenty of small fish, insects, and aquatic vegetation still around after the storm, they have a very steady source of food. They are also opportunistic, feeding on dead frogs or other small animals left after the flood.”

The best place to view the turtles is from the dock by the aquatics lab, which was not damaged during the storm. When it’s not in use, visitors and volunteers can use the lab as a rest stop at the park’s Turtle Pond, located along the Cypress Overlook Trail.

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15 May
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Wilson Road Improvements

Commuters traveling through the Humble and Atascocita areas can look forward to new lanes opening on Wilson Road in 2019.

Plans include widening a section of Wilson Road between Beltway 8 and Atascocita Road from a two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane concrete section with a sidewalk between Humble ISD’s Park Lakes Elementary and Viscaro Lane. Construction began in January and is scheduled for completion on Oct. 29, 2019.

“Once construction is complete, drivers should see their commute times drop significantly, especially during rush-hour traffic,” says Capital Improvements Projects Director Pamela Rocchi. “The upgraded roadway will also require less maintenance, since concrete has a longer lifespan than asphalt.”

While construction continues on Wilson Road, north and southbound drivers can take Woodland Hills Drive to access Beltway 8, Atascocita Road, Will Clayton, and FM 1960. The roadway opened in January to help relieve congestion along West Lake Houston Parkway and Wilson Road.
The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division administers and manages Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects Program. To stay updated on projects, visit www.hcp4.net/community/roadsbridges.

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