TxDOT aiming to complete U.S. 290 main lane projects by 2019
Rain delays may push completion of U.S. 290 projects back even further than they already have throughout 2018.
U.S. 290 main lane projects are expected to reach completion by early 2019 rather than the end of this year, as previously stated, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. Deidrea George, public information officer for TxDOT, said the rain delays are responsible for the slowed progress of U.S. 290.
“Critical items of work were delayed due to the significant rainfall received in the Houston region August and September of this year,” she said. “The steady periods of rainfall did not allow the soil to dry out and halted work related to the retaining walls and storm sewers. The reconstruction of the U.S. 290 Corridor will be substantially complete by the end of 2018 — 96% of all work will be complete —however, we will still have some work and punch list items to complete in the new year. ”
Recently, TxDOT completed work all five main lanes between IH-610 and Beltway 8 and restriped U.S. 290 under Beltway 8, adding a lane and bringing the total main lanes to four, George said. TxDOT has plans for U.S. 290 from FM 529 to Eldridge Pkwy.
“After the closure [during the weekend of Nov. 9] we will add an additional main lane and an auxiliary lane from FM 529 to Eldridge Pkwy. as well as the permanent Jones entrance ramp and Eldridge [Pkwy.] exit ramp,” she said. “We will add the final lane by the end of December.”
As for current projects, TxDOT crews are working on drainage and pavement construction between Telge Road and Musechke Road on U.S. 290 and constructing the FM 1960 and SH 6 bridge over U.S. 290. The bridge will allow commuters to stay on SH 6 and FM 1960 without passing through several traffic signals. A direct connector from SH 6 northbound to U.S. eastbound, as well as frontage roads along SH 6 and FM 1960, are also in the works George said.