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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Texas Department of Transportation
News Release
Friday, July 29, 2011

First phase of the $2.8 billion reconstruction program to start at the IH 610/US 290 Interchange”

State and Elected Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on July 30, at 10:30 a.m., to officially kick-off the start of construction for the US 290 Corridor Program. The Texas Transportation Commission awarded the $151.5 million project to Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc., on May 3, 2011.

Work begins this month at the IH 610/US 290 interchange to construct an inbound direct connector from US 290 and the IH 610 North Loop to IH 10 Katy Freeway. The new ramp will eliminate the traffic weaving currently present on the IH 610 West Loop southbound mainlanes. In addition, workers will reconstruct the IH 610 North Loop from Ella to the US 290/IH 610 interchange.

The US 290 Program Office opened in October 2006 and it is from there that all design, right-of-way, utility relocation and public involvement is coordinated for the 38-mile corridor from the IH 610/US 290 interchange to FM 2920.

Media representatives interested in covering the event are encouraged to contact Karen Othon at (713) 354-1532 or

Who, What, When, Where

  • Confirmed speakers include Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston City Council Member Brenda Stardig, and TxDOT’s Executive Director Amadeo Saenz, P.E.

  • Groundbreaking to mark beginning of construction on US 290 Program’s IH 610/US 290 interchange

  • Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:30 a.m.

  • 9900 Northwest Freeway, Harris County Flood Control District’s* front parking lot, (parking available on site in the back parking lot)

*Special thanks to the Harris County Flood Control District for allowing us the use of their facility for this event.

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