Archive for the ‘290 NW Frwy’ Category

New Diamond Lanes to be Built on US 290
December 13, 2010

“Addition of diamond lanes will result in travel time savings for motorists.”

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) took bids this week to construct a diamond lane on US 290 from Eldridge Parkway to Skinner Road.

The project includes restriping the east- and westbound lanes of US 290 from Eldridge Parkway to Skinner Road to provide improved access for multi-passenger vehicles entering and exiting the barrier separated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane.  A 700-foot section of the US 290 eastbound mainlane pavement will be widened to accommodate the proper travel lane width due to an existing overhead sign structure.

After completion, the diamond lanes will operate 24 hours a day/7 days a week and will be open to motorists carrying 2 or more passengers.  The diamond lane will facilitate the flow of traffic to and from the US 290 HOV lane during peak periods.

The contract bid for this project is $514,000 and will be funded by METRO.  Construction will begin in approximately 60-90 days and take 60 days to complete.  The new diamond lane is estimated to be open to the public June 2011.

“When complete, the diamond lanes will connect METRO’s Cypress Park & Ride to our barrier separated HOV network, cutting as much as 20 minutes off the travel time along this six-mile section of the corridor,” said George Greanias, Pres. and CEO of METRO.

Say it ain’t so! (290 NW Frwy)
August 26, 2010

US 290/ Hempstead Corridor Program Receives Environmental Clearance

“TxDOT is a huge step closer to beginning improvements on US 290.”

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is pleased to announce that the US 290/Hempstead Corridor Program has received final federal approval.

On August 25, 2010, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the US 290/Hempstead Corridor’s Final Environmental Impact Statement. The ROD documents the proposed recommendations for the Corridor, explains why these recommendations were selected and includes a description of the mitigation required to implement the recommendations. This equals environmental clearance for the US 290/Hempstead Corridor Program, marks the completion of the Program’s 10-year planning and environmental process, and allows TxDOT to proceed with right of way negotiation and construction activities.

The first project will consist of improvements to the inbound portions of the US 290/IH 610 interchange funded by the previously allocated Proposition 12 bond funding. Construction letting is scheduled to occur in May 2011. Although they are a fraction of the total Program scope, the Proposition 12 improvements will result in a combined peak travel time savings of approximately $30 million per year for IH 10, IH 610 and US 290.

For more information on the US 290/Hempstead Corridor Program, please contact the Public Information Office at 1-866-95US290 (1-866-958-7290). For additional information regarding the Record of Decision please visit the US 290 Program website at

290 Northwest Frwy: Construction begins…
November 3, 2009

Northwest Frwy/Highway 290

Improvements Begin on US 290 HOUSTON –

Work has begun on the first of two projects on US 290. The project consists of widening the existing pavement to add extra lanes on the US 290 eastbound and westbound mainlanes between West Little York and Fairbanks N. Houston, as well as re-striping the existing pavement to add additional lanes along the US 290 eastbound and westbound mainlanes between Jones Road and FM 529. Crews will also widen the westbound approach to Senate Avenue to create combined u-turn and left-turn storage at the intersection. Once complete, the extra lanes will alleviate traffic congestion by providing motorists with improved access to/from the US 290 mainlanes. Crews began installing barricades and signing; work on the US 290 mainlanes is anticipated to begin in the coming weeks. Work on the proposed improvements is anticipated to take approximately 6 months to complete. Motorists are advised to anticipate temporary lane reductions on the US 290 westbound frontage road to accommodate the intersection improvements, as well as extended shoulder closures and nightly mainlane closures along the US 290 eastbound and westbound mainlanes. 

Though independent of the reconstruction planned as a part of the US 290/Hempstead Corridor Program, these projects are important first steps in providing immediate relief to the traffic congestion on the Northwest Freeway.

290 Northwest Frwy: Expansion
September 17, 2009



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