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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Texas Transportation Commission
News Release
Friday, May 27, 2011


"Two of the 100 Most Congested Roadway Segments in Texas"

HOUSTON - The Texas Transportation Commission awarded contracts for two major projects in the Houston District yesterday.  Williams Brothers Construction Company Inc. secured the winning bid for the IH 610/US 290 Interchange at $151.5 million and the IH 45 South project from Kurland to FM 2351 for $77.5 million. Both projects include construction along segments on the 100 Most Congested Roadways in Texas list, and are funded with Proposition 12* dollars.   

Construction on the IH 610/US 290 interchange includes constructing an inbound direct connector from US 290 and the IH 610 North to IH 10 Katy Freeway designed to eliminate traffic weaving in the area.  Workers will also reconstruct the IH 610 North Loop from Ella to US 290/IH 610 interchange.  This phase is one part of the major reconstruction planned for US 290.  Williams Brothers is expected to break ground this summer.

Construction on the IH 45 South project will include widening six existing mainlanes to ten and adding an additional frontage lane totaling three in each direction.  The project will also replace two overpasses, FM 1959 also known as Dixie Farm Rd. and FM 2351, which will be built at-grade.  An exact start date has yet to be determined but the contractor can start as early as July.  With both projects set to break ground this summer, Houston District Engineer Delvin Dennis, P.E addresses the importance of Prop 12 funding. "This allocation of Proposition 12 dollars allows us the opportunity to move forward on two critical projects in the Houston District, both of which are currently on the list of 100 most congested roadways.  Without these resources both projects could very well still be sitting on the shelf ready to go with no funding for construction."  

For more information on this and other projects please visit   For more information regarding the US 290/Hempstead Corridor Program, please contact the US 290/Hempstead Corridor Program Public Information Office at (713) 354-1532 or view the program website at

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