Texas Transportation Commission Approves Two More Contracts for US 290
HOUSTON, TX The Texas Transportation Commission recently awarded two construction contracts to improve safety, mobility and connectivity along the U.S. 290 corridor. Projects B and C-2 will bring congestion relief in the Cypress area and far northwest Harris County. Proposition 1 funding was allocated to Project B allowing the start of construction to be accelerated by as much as one year.
Project C-2 is a 3-mile project to widen US 290 from two to three mainlanes from Mason Road to Bauer Road. The $37 million contract was awarded to Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc. Construction will begin in September and is anticipated to be complete late 2017.
Project B is a 3-mile project to widen US 290 from two to three mainlanes from Bauer Road to Badtke Road. Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc. was awarded the $33 million contract. Construction began last month and is anticipated to be complete late 2017.
U.S. 290 construction is currently underway on ten segments from I-610 to Mason Road. The last remaining segment on the U.S. 290 Program is Project A, from Badtke Road to FM 2920 at the Harris/Waller County Line. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) took construction bids last month on Project A using Proposition 1 funding.
Proposition 1, which dedicates a portion of oil and gas tax revenue to the state highway fund, was approved last November by 80 percent of Texas voters. The 200 planned Proposition 1 projects will result in more than 800 miles of rehabilitated highways; nearly 500 miles of new highway lanes; 114 bridges replaced, widened or rehabilitated; and an additional 159 miles of passing lanes on rural highways. Metropolitan Planning Organizations and TxDOT districts worked together and with the public to formulate the list of projects