News Categories: Road & Bridge

23 Jul
By: Communications 0

Answers to your FAQs: Who maintains the roads?

One of the primary duties of a county commissioner is to plan, build and maintain roads and bridges. It’s a major undertaking, but even more so in Precinct 4.

With 5,366 “lane miles” and 2,628 “linear” miles, Precinct 4 has the largest road and bridge maintenance area of any precinct in Harris County. (“Lane miles” accounts for the length and number of lanes of each roadway. “Linear miles” measures only the length of the roadway.)

So how does Precinct 4 keep up with such a large area? Precinct 4’s Road & Bridge Department responds to thousands of service requests every year. Residents can request mowing along county rights-of-way and medians, road repairs, ditch repair, tree trimming, trash removal, and other services along county-maintained roadways.

To pay for these services, Precinct 4’s Road & Bridge Department relies on mobility funds and other revenue. Mobility funds are used for the study, design, construction, maintenance, repair or operation of roads, streets, highways, or other related facilities. The current formula for distributing mobility funds is based on a variety of factors, including the precinct’s population and lane miles, although there has been discussion by the newer members of Commissioners Court recently of changing the formula.

For more information or to request a repair, visit apps.hcp4.net/pct4Forms/worf.aspx.

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21 Jun
By: Communications 0

Champions Drive to Open For 2020 U.S. Women’s Open

Motorists and residents will soon begin seeing the benefits of a new and improved drainage system along Champions Drive from FM 1960 to Cypress Creek.

To build the drainage system, crews buried 13,335 crates wrapped in permeable fabric up to 14 feet underground. They also installed gravel over and under the crates as a filtration system and stabilizer. During high-water situations, rainwater will flow off the road into the underground channel, which can convey about 2.5 million gallons of water.

The project also includes upgrading Champions Drive from two lanes of asphalt roadway to two lanes of concrete pavement with a detention basin. The roadway is expected to be complete in April 2020, two months before the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Tournament at the Champions Golf Course.

For more information, visit www.hcp4.net/cip/.

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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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