Like many roads in northeast Harris County, Atasca Oaks Drive is carrying a lot more traffic than it was originally designed to handle. It runs between a couple of busy thoroughfares, FM 1960 and Atascocita Road. But except for a small segment near 1960, the road only has two lanes.
"With the increased traffic and the increased volume in the area, we're having to go back through some of the old infrastructure and boost it up a bit," said Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle.
Cagle said they're now starting design work to widen Atasca Oaks to two lanes in each direction. The project will run about a quarter of a mile.
Nearby Precinct 2 is also helping pay for the project.
Cagle said those funds will be used to modify signal lights.
"What we're trying to do is eliminate the funneling and allow folks to be able to move smoothly and seamlessly from one area of the region to the other," Cagle added.
The work will cost about $2 million. The money comes from the bond issue Harris County voters approved last year.
It's expected the project will go out for bids in early 2018.