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With $784 million in projects committed, The us 290 corridor in
northwest harris county is the west houston association's number one
290 May 2013 Update (pdf)
Download Summary of Committed US 290 Projects
US 290 CONSTRUCTION PLANS FOR LOOP 610 INTERCHANGE; BW 8 INTERCHANGE &
ANIMATION OF US 290/LOOP 610 INTERCHANGE UPON COMPLETION
03.15.2013 | TxDot lets to contract
section from fm 529 to eldridge
As part of the massive reconstruction
of US 290, The Texas Transportation Commission accepted a $58 million bid
from Webber LLC to widen US 290 from FM 529 to Eldridge Parkway. The
contract will likely be signed this falll with work to begin later in
11.30. 2012 | TxDOT
public meeting on proposed us 290 managed use lanes
TxDOT will hold two public meetings to review the
proposed managed use lanes on US 290. The meetings are scheduled for
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6p to 7p Open House. Presentation 7p
Sheraton Brookhollow, 3900 North Loop West and Thursday, December 13, 2012
6p to 7p Open House. Presentation 7p Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress
04.10.2012 | TxDOT &
Harris County hctra prepare MOu to develop us 290
TxDOT has agreed to invest an additional $400 million into the US 290
project (funds will come from a recent statewide supplemental pool of $2
billion) and HCTRA will invest up to $400 million to develop the US 290
toll and HOV lanes. US 290 will add an additional lane in each
direction in addition to the 2-3 lane toll and HOV lanes.
02.24.2012 | More funds
allocated to us 290 @ bw 8
An additional $78 million will be allocated to ROW purchases along US 290
@ BW 8 to advance widening of US 290 at that critical intersection.
The Transportation Policy Council voted on Feb 24th to advance this
project for allocation by TxDOT. Funds are from the Proposition 12
Rider 42 program for major metropolitan areas around the state. They
are restricted to planning, design and ROW purchases. This
allocation of $78 million will allow the $118 million for US 290 @ BW 8
construction to advance. (see below)
9.29.2011 | us 290 gets $118
million more for major new section east/west of beltway 8
The TxDOT Commission as part of the distribution of
Prop 12 bonds to roadways in Texas has selected US 290 for
additional new capacity. TxDOT’s discussion at this link. In Summer 2011,
the Texas Legislature authorized TxDOT to go to contract on approximately
$3 billion in general obligation bonds for highway improvements. Texas
voters approved these Proposition 12 bonds, which are backed by the
state’s general revenue not by fuel tax revenues, by a vote of 63 percent
in November 2007. Additional sections:
US 290 INBOUND West of FM 529 to E of W Little York
US 290 OUTBOUND West of FM 529 to E of W Little York
290/BW 8 interchange improvements will include construction of a
continuous frontage road along BW 8 at US 290; construction of
collector-distributor lanes on US 290 from West Little York to FM 529; and
construction of the US 290 mainlanes and frontage roads from West Little
York to FM 529. The total cost of these improvements is $114 million
and will be funded as mentioned above. Construction will start July
US 290 will receive $6.5 million from locally designated federal funds for
intersection improvements at SH 6, Spring-Cypress, Skinner and Cypress
Rosehill-Fry. These improvements will include dedicated turn lanes
to improve traffic flow. Also included are intersection improvements
at the frontage road and Eldridge; the addition of an auxiliary lane
eastbound on US 290 between Telge and Huffmeister; and the addition of US
290 westbound frontage road at Barker-Cypress.
Hempstead Corridor Commuter Rail Conceptual Presentation
Gulf Coast Rail District received at their September 13, 2011 meeting an
update on conceptual engineering for the commuter rail project within the
Hempstead Corridor completed by Trans Systems and Klotz Associates.
Ridership projections indicate that upon start up of the line with no CBD
link will have daily boardings of 2,640. After build out of the line
in 2,035 but with no CBD link boardings will be 5,952 daily. With a
link to the CBD boardings in 2035 will reach 18,816. An upgrade of the
2035 build out anticipated in the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan would up
daily boardings to 22,578.
Cost of the project is estimated to be $290.7 million for the 2019 build out
stopping at Loop 610 and an additional $254 million for the line to reach
the Central Business District.
TxDOT US 290 Overview Report.
Download at this link
US 290 Corridor
Link to TxDOT US 290
The Corridor upgrade is designed to address overwhelming
traffic congestion in this major mobility link Greater West Houston
transportation system serving northwest Harris County from Loop 610 to
beyond Hempstead, a distance of over 40 miles. TxDOT's proposed
improvements cover a corridor of varying width that is approximately 38
miles long, extending from the interchange area of I-10W/I-610/ US 290
northwest to FM 2920.
The overall vision for the US 290 Program includes:
Freeway capacity reconstruction and widening from IH 610 to FM 2920 to
--Five general-purpose lanes in each direction from IH 610 to just west of
SH 6, plus auxiliary lanes where appropriate
--Four general-purpose lanes in each direction from just west of SH 6 to
near the proposed SH 99/Grand Parkway, plus auxiliary lanes
--Three general-purpose lanes in each direction from near the proposed SH
99/Grand Parkway to the west study limit, plus auxiliary lanes
--Two- or three-lane frontage roads in each direction throughout the
--A four-lane, two-way managed lanes facility along Hempstead Tollway from
IH 610 to the proposed SH 99/Grand Parkway
--Two non-tolled frontage road lanes in each direction to be reconstructed
along Hempstead Tollway from IH 610 to Beltway 8
--US 290 METRO HOV operations moved to the Hempstead Tollway managed toll
--Proposed high-capacity transit corridor located along Hempstead Tollway
--Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
Phase I of US 290 construction includes the US 290/IH 610 interchange and US
290 out to W. 34th Street. Segment K of this phase is scheduled to go to
construction in 2011, and that segment will be paid for with Proposition 12
funding. Click here to learn more about Proposition 12. Segment J-1 of this
phase is scheduled to be put out for construction bid in Fall 2012, and will
be paid for with Proposition 14 funding.
In addition, TxDOT has identified additional funding mechanisms that will
allow the Department to advance construction areas on several areas of the
Program Corridor. It is important to note that these funding mechanisms are
limited, and will only provide for minimal construction at select locations.
Click here to learn more about these newly funded projects.
At this time, funding the remaining portions of the US 290/Hempstead
Corridor has not been identified, and time frames for construction remain
unclear due to several factors including current state and federal funding
challenges as noted here. The sooner funding can be secured the sooner
construction on these phases can begin.
US 290 Funding Update
Additional Proposition 12 Funding allocated in
Proposition 14 Funding for Segment J-1
In October 2010, the Texas Transportation Commission awarded the US
290/Hempstead Corridor Program $140 million which will help build the very
important IH 610/US 290 interchange.
Read the press release here.
Proposition 12 Funding for Segment K
In November 2009, the US 290 Program was
awarded $314.6 million from voter approved Proposition 12, to advance design
and construction activities to 2011 at the IH 610/US 290 interchange.
More Information on Proposition 12
Read the Proposition 12 News Release
In April 2010, the Texas Transportation Commission approved approximately
$420 million in Category 2 funding for the US 290 Program through TxDOT’s
Unified Transportation Program (UTP). The UTP is a ten-year forecast, not a
budget nor a promise to build projects, and the revenue can only go to the
program if it is available in the future.
See which portions of US 290 are tentatively funded here,
and find more
details about the UTP here.
County not ready to move on 290 toll lanes
June 22, 2010 Houston Chronicle
The long-talked about addition of toll lanes to U.S. 290 will wait at
least one more year. Despite a citizens group's pleas for action to relieve
traffic on the freeway, Commissioners Court not to include any construction
on the lanes in the next year's construction plan. It is not that the
Court does not see the need, County Judge Ed Emmett said.
"There's no funding right now, and the design is still up in the air,"
Art Storey, executive director of the Harris County Public Infrastructure
Department, confirmed that the county and the Texas Department of
Transportation have not agreed on a design or how to pay for an expansion of
290 that would include new lanes, the addition of toll lanes and the
necessary work on interchanges. Storey said there has been speculation
that the total revamping of 290 could cost between $5 billion and $6
In a year when Harris County has identified more than $800 million in
building needs, but could fund only $63 million in repairs and construction,
the money is just not there, Storey said. "We're doing all we can,
considering fiscal responsibility, the public need and public safety,"
Interchange Gets Infusion of Funds; Goes to Contract in May 2011
Texas Transportation Commission selected the interchange of US 290 and I-610
to begin the reconstruction of the 290 Corridor. $315 million in
proceeds from the sale of Proposition 12 Texas General Obligation Bonds will
be allocated to design and build approximately 50% of the eventual crucial
complex of three major freeways serving Greater West Houston. The WHA
believes this is a critical first step in the eventual US 290 Corridor
project. It is a keystone for access from the northwest of Greater
West Houston to major activity centers inside Loop 610.
Read the West Houston
Association Briefing Paper on this project at this link.
Link to TxDOT US 290
Commuter Rail to Help Solve Mobility Issues | Judge Ed Emmett
County is home to some of the most congested roadways in Texas. As the
county’s population continues to boom, transportation will be an even bigger
challenge. With financial and space limits on highway construction,
additional solutions are needed to improve mobility.
Commuter rail on
existing railroad tracks holds great potential. Improving air quality by
taking cars off the road also makes commuter rail an attractive mode of
Commuter rail differs from light rail and other forms of railway passenger
service in a number of ways. Commuter rail normally involves traditional
trains powered by diesel/electric locomotives operating on existing freight
rail lines, while light rail operates in a dedicated right of way (as in
Houston’s Main Street Red Line) and is powered by overhead electric wires.
Since commuter rail accommodates mostly long-distance trips within a region,
usually between the outlying areas and the main metropolitan hub, stations
are farther apart (around five miles), and trips peak at the morning and
evening commute times.
Recent studies for the Houston-Galveston Area Council have identified two
key “early implementation” corridors for development as part of a
long-distance commuter rail system in the Harris County region. The first,
called the 290/Hempstead corridor, is located in northwest Harris County and
is planned to use the existing Union Pacific Railroad “Eureka” line. It
begins at the Eureka Junction at the intersection of Old Hempstead Highway
and Old Katy Road near Interstate 10. This project has been identified as
the most critical commuter transit project in the Houston region because of
the tremendous growth in northwest Harris County.
A second identified corridor along State Highway 3 will connect Galveston
and communities in southeast Harris County to the Houston area. This line
not only will provide an alternative to congested freeway corridors, but
will also provide additional means of emergency evacuation during
Recently, the Union Pacific Railroad has offered to make these two rail
corridors available for commuter rail. Working with the Gulf Coast Rail
District, the goal is to have both lines in operation in time to connect to
METRO’s expanded light rail system so commuters can experience seamless rail
transportation to the numerous employment centers and other destinations in
the greater Houston area."
Overview of US 290 and Hempstead Corridor from
Loop 610 to FM 2920
Following the completion of the management investment study (MIS) of
the US 290 corridor, TxDOT completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement
which is awaiting approval by the Federal Highway Administration.
US 290 Project Information
Hempstead Toll Road by HCTRA
US 290 DEIS
Metro Operating Cypress Park & Ride Service
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is
TxDOT project website can be viewed at this link