Construction Begins on US 290 Diamond Lanes
HOUSTON – Beginning at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday morning, crews with Rozco Contracting, Inc., will begin constructing the new diamond lanes on US 290 east- and westbound from Eldridge Parkway to Skinner Road. This joint effort between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) will bring relief to US 290 commuters by providing improved access for multi-passenger vehicles entering and exiting the barrier separated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane.
The project involves restriping the inside shoulder lane to reflect the new designation as a diamond lane. A 700-foot section of the US 290 eastbound mainlane pavement will be widened to accommodate the proper travel lane width due to an existing overhead sign structure.
Crews will work Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Tomorrow morning the contractor will begin by installing temporary traffic control/concrete barriers to allow crews to safely perform their work. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through any work zone. The new diamond lane is estimated to be open to the public mid-June 2011.
METRO is providing the funding for this $514,000 project, while TxDOT is overseeing construction. After completion, the diamond lanes will operate 24 hours a day/7 days a week and will be open to motorists carrying two or more passengers. The diamond lane will facilitate the flow of traffic to and from the US 290 HOV lane during peak periods and connect METRO’s Cypress Park and Ride facility to the barrier separated HOV lane.