These roadway improvements will bring relief to motorists and improve safety throughout the district
HOUSTON — From repaving roads to completely reconstructing freeways, bridges and overpasses, the Texas Department of Transportation Houston District closed out the 2013 fiscal year (FY) by delivering a record $1.3 billion in construction projects, a significant milestone for the district that includes Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris, Galveston, Montgomery and Waller counties. The fiscal year ended Aug. 31.
"This major milestone comes at a time when demand for the use of our roads is increasing and our highway infrastructure continues to age," said Michael W. Alford, P.E., Houston District Engineer. "Successful delivery of $1.3 billion in construction in one year’s time is the result of hard work and dedication on the part of TxDOT employees in the Houston District and around the state who are committed to providing safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas as well as the work of our administration, elected officials, community partners and stakeholders."
Topping the list is the work awarded to contract in FY 2013 is the construction along the US 290 corridor at a cost of $707 million. This includes the reconstruction and widening of the segments of US 290 from IH 610 to Telge Road and an outbound connector ramp linking IH 10 to US 290/ IH 610 N. Loop. These projects are part of the US 290 program that aims to bring relief to motorists traveling along the US 290 corridor.
Also in Harris County is the reconstruction of IH 45 Gulf Freeway from FM 2351 to Medical Center Drive. At a cost of $92 million the project is widening IH 45 Gulf Freeway to 10 lanes, two three-lane frontage roads and one reversible HOV lane. The expansion will increase capacity in the area including commuters that travel between Houston and Galveston and will relieve the bottleneck through the area.
In addition to large-scale projects on major freeways, in the 2013 fiscal year the Houston District has worked to improve mobility and enhance safety on many of the state highways and Farm-to-Market roads located throughout the district. In Montgomery County, an area experiencing significant growth, work has begun to construct a railroad grade separation over FM 149 and the BNSF Railroad at Mostyn at a cost of $27 million.
Looking ahead, FY 2014 is expected to be another billion-dollar year for the Houston District. Already, the Houston District has entered the new fiscal year with the letting of $40 million in construction projects that were approved by the Texas Transportation Commission on Sept. 26, 2013.
Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley said, "A first-class transportation system not only provides a tremendous impact to the immediate community, but also to the entire state as it improves commerce and mobility while creating jobs." He added that "We are pleased to see these projects moving forward and look forward to the benefits and opportunities they will create."
The three projects awarded during the September Commission meeting are provided below.
To commemorate the highest one-year dollar value of construction ever awarded in the Houston District area, Mike Alford will be recognized during a district reception on Oct 4.
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