Spring Green roundabout open
Motorists traveling between FM 1093 and the Katy Freeway got another option starting July 9.
Stacy Slawinski, Fort Bend County assistant county engineer, said that one lane in each direction was to open on the new four-lane concrete Spring Green Boulevard roundabout, a circular intersection built around a center island.
“Construction will not be done till the end of August,” he added.
Opening the new segment of Spring Green means a traffic switch. Spring Green Boulevard starts north at FM 1463 and goes to FM 1093/Westpark Tollway.
“It’s continuous except for this quarter-mile piece that we’re opening on Monday,” said Slawinski. The county worked with utility companies to relocate lines and poles.
“It will really improve traffic in the area. It will really help quite a bit,” Slawinski said. Motorists using roundabouts yield to oncoming traffic. Because construction will continue for another seven to eight weeks, some stop signs may help direct traffic until the project is completed, he added.
The Cane Island Boulevard is scheduled to open in August, too, from the north side of Willow Fork to FM 1463. The project provides a new connection from FM 1463 to the new Interstate 10 overpass. With Cane Island opening, that will take some traffic pressure off FM 1463, said Slawinski.
Total project cost is $4.4 million for the Spring Green Boulevard round-about, said Slawinski. Construction cost $2.7 million with additional costs for design, right of way and project management.
The July 3 Fort Bend County Commissioners Court agenda included an executive session item related to the Spring Green Boulevard project.
Slawinski talked of a “possession and use agreement” that allows the project to move forward until the county obtains the property needed for the project. The court case over right of way will continue until the property owner and county agree, he added.
The county’s mobility project list for the November 2013 bond election shows the Spring Green Boulevard project limits of Avalon at Katy to Hawks Prairie Boulevard and a total project cost of $11.9 million. Slawinski said that was the original project but the developer went ahead and built the rest of the road and the county just built the roundabout.
While work ends on Cane Island and Spring Green boulevards, the county will begin projects to widen from two to four lanes Gaston from just north of Greenbusch to just south of Katy Flewellen and Crossover from FM 1463 to Katy Flewellen. The asphalt roads will be replaced with concrete boulevards.
Slawinski said it will take about a year to rebuild Gaston Road and about five months to rebuild Crossover. Contractor for both projects is Allgood Construction of Richmond, which was the low bidder.