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TxDOT About To Start More Construction On Highway 290

TxDot has been widening U.S. 290 in Harris County for several years now. The agency just announced even more construction on the busy highway, but the impact on most commuters should be minimal.


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Crews build concrete barriers for the new connector ramp from Highway 290 to Interstate-10 Credit: Gail Delaughter

A 25-mile stretch of Highway 290 is already under construction, from the 610 Loop to Mason Road.

TxDOT has now awarded contracts to add one lane in each direction in northwest Harris County. That’s a six-mile segment from Mason Road to Badtke.

TxDOT’s Karen Othon says the work is funded with the help of Proposition 1, the constitutional amendment voters approved in 2014. That’s helping TxDOT accelerate the work by as much as a year. The total cost is about $70 million and Othon says that’s a lot cheaper than other segments.

“We’re not having to go in and demolish bridge structures. There are not a lot of elevated structures out there, like direct connectors that need to be rebuilt,” says Othon.

Othon expects drivers will start to see construction on the main lanes this fall, but she’s not anticipating the big traffic delays that have bogged down other parts of Highway 290.

“Because it’s not in a metro area, you know, the closures may not impact as much as they do once you get closer into town,” Othon explains. “But I think in this area you won’t see a lot of major total closures.”

TxDOT expects to finish the Highway 290 widening project by the end of 2017.