FM 1960: Roadwork Begins

WORK TO BEGIN ON FM 1960: MEDIAN IMPROVEMENTS

Work will begin, Monday, January 18, 2010, on the FM 1960 access management project. Mobility and safety improvements include construction of raised curbed medians and striping along eight miles of FM 1960, from just west of SH 249 to west of IH 45-North Freeway, where the average daily traffic count is approximately 65,000 vehicles.  In addition, signal enhancements will be made at the intersections of Champions, Stuebner Airline and Ella to modernize traffic signal detection and traffic signal controllers to improve mobility and safety along the corridor.

Access Management is the systematic control of the location, design and operation of median openings; it helps to ensure roadways operate efficiently.  The FM 1960 Access Management Study, which began in March 2003 and involved three public meetings, recommended short range improvements of signal improvements, raised medians, channelized left turn bays, removal of signals and extension of left turn bays.

The Texas Transportation Commission awarded the construction project in August 2009 to SCR Construction Co., Inc., for $2.04 million. Work begins January 18, 2010, and will last approximately eight months.

Lane closures during the roadway portion will occur during non-peak hours in order to minimize the impact of construction to motorists and local businesses.  Routine nightly closures will take place as follows:

Sunday through Monday           8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Monday through Thursday        7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Friday                                      11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Saturday                                   None

Once work begins on the traffic signals, motorists can expect daytime lane closures, which will be necessary for crews to safely maneuver and operate their equipment.  Motorists can visit www.houstontranstar.org for a list of TxDOT’s scheduled lane closures.

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