US 290 PROGRAM HOLDS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Project K Construction Begins Major Roadway Improvement Effort
Wearing hardhats and using gold-colored shovels, local elected officials helped the Texas Department of Transportation officially break ground on US 290 Program construction on Saturday, July 30, 2011. The fact that over 100 people came out to attend shows how important this mobility improvement program is to our area. The ceremony was held right outside the Harris County Flood Control District building at the IH 610/US 290 interchange, where work on the program has already begun.
The groundbreaking is the culmination of several years of design and environmental planning, all in an effort to provide relief to commuters of the highly congested roadway. The program’s first construction project, referred to as Project K, includes constructing an inbound direct connector from US 290 and the IH 610 North Loop to the IH 10 Katy Freeway. “The improvement will separate IH 10 Katy Freeway and IH 610 West Loop traffic, eliminating the weaving currently present on the IH 610 West Loop southbound mainlanes,” states TxDOT’s Houston District Engineer, Delvin Dennis, P.E. Project K also includes the reconstruction of the IH 610 North Loop from the IH 610/US 290 interchange to Ella Boulevard. Construction on Project K is expected to be completed in January 2015.
“The 290 project is much needed, and I am excited to see what positive changes it brings. I look forward to working with the community and TxDOT as construction progresses to ensure that the project balances the need to accommodate more traffic with the needs of the surrounding residents," states Representative Jessica Farrar.
The program’s next funded project, Project J-1, will build the direct connector from IH 10 Katy Freeway to outbound US 290 and the IH 610 North Loop, as well as the outbound US 290 frontage road from the IH 610/US 290 interchange to W. 34th Street. This project is estimated to go to contract and begin construction in fall 2012.
For more details about the US 290/Hempstead Corridor Program, including corridor-wide phasing, program funding levels, and design and construction status updates, visit www.my290.com website or contact call the US 290 Public Information Office at (713) 354‑1532.