Contractor mobilizes on Wilson Road expansion in Humble
As the population of Harris County rises, congestion worsens on thoroughfares like Wilson Road in Humble.
The county’s Wilson Road expansion project was awarded to SER Construction Partners, who were given notice to proceed with construction in late January. The project widens Wilson to a four-lane road from Atascocita Road to right before Beltway 8.
The cost of construction will be approximately $9.8 million.
“This is a larger-size project,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle. “We’ve been looking at it for quite a while, but we were finally able to get funding together to kick it into gear. Our contractor has mobilized already.”
Construction is projected to be completed in October 2019.
Cagle said that when determining which projects to pursue, the county prioritizes by safety first, then mobility, followed by aesthetics. Often, he said, safety and mobility go hand-in-hand.
“We have found many times that the mobility component acts and enhances the safety component.,” Cagle said. “If instead of having a heavy traffic jam with bumper-to-bumper traffic on a two lane road, we turn that into a four lane road, then we have fewer accidents. People are able to drive at a safer pace and they’re not being distracted with the congestion and those types of issues.”
In 2011, Harris County Precinct 4 had roughly one million people, explained Commissioner Jack Cagle.
“Now, we have grown by either a quarter-of-a-million, or almost a half-a-million people, depending on how you calculate growth coming in, some six-and-a-half years later,” Cagle said.
And the precinct’s population growth is not expected to stop anytime soon.
“We are needing to make sure we’ll have safety and we’ll have mobility for the folks as they come,” Cagle said. “There are some folks that say if you don’t build the roads, they won’t come, and that’s actually not true. We need to make sure that we have adequate mobility. It’s not ‘If you build it, they will come,’ it’s ‘They are coming, we best make sure that we are on top of it.’ To that end, we’re trying the very best we can to be on top of our growth and development.”