January 2013  

Harris County and TxDOT Moving US 290 Forward
Reconstruction of US 290 Accelerated


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US 290 between IH 610 and FM 2920 in Waller

The year 2013 will bring changes for Harris County motorists who travel the US 290 corridor. With 250,000 vehicles a day on US 290, it is no surprise that three segments along the corridor fall in the top 100 Most Congested Roadways in Texas.  Harris County is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to bring relief to commuters much sooner than originally scheduled – 20 years sooner.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) and TxDOT have reached an agreement to work together on the reconstruction of US 290 between IH 610 West and the Grand Parkway (SH 99) on the northwest side of Harris County.

The reconstruction of the corridor will add capacity with new free lanes, plus new managed lanes that would incorporate High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV), toll, and mass transit components. Total cost of the collaborative effort is approximately $1.8 billion, with $1.4 billion from TxDOT and $400 million from Harris County. This partnership with the state is similar in nature to the agreement that resulted in the Katy Managed Lanes. TxDOT will oversee the construction, which is expected to begin in spring of 2013, with a targeted completion date of 2017.

US 290 between SH 6 and IH 610

Current Construction

Construction began on the first portion at the IH610/US 290 interchange in the summer of 2011.  The project will build a direct connector ramp from inbound US 290 and IH 610 westbound/southbound to IH 10.  Work will also begin on the second project at the IH 610/US 290 interchange in early 2013.  The project will build a direct connector from IH 10 to outbound US 290 and IH 610 eastbound.

Next Steps

TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration are preparing a written re-evaluation of the approved Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the US 290 Corridor project.  The re-evaluation is required because the managed lane design was not evaluated in the FEIS or Record of Decision for the project.  TxDOT held public meetings in December to discuss proposed transportation improvements for the US 290 corridor.

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TxDOTs second public hearing, held at the Berry
Center in Cypress in December 2012.

TxDOT plans to complete the re-evaluation in early 2013. Realizing that motorists will use Hempstead Road to avoid construction, TxDOT plans to improve the roadway pavement there with an asphalt surface and improve the traffic signals.

Get More Information and Construction Updates

The US 290 Program Office has a dedicated public information staff to answer questions or to give presentations/updates to civic groups, businesses and property owners.  You can contact them at 1-866-958-7290, visit their website at www.my290.com, and follow them on Twitter @my290Houston.