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FM 1960 Widening Project Is Still A Few Years Away

TxDOT still seeking funds to widen segment near Humble and Atascocita.



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As the population continues to grow in the Humble area, TxDOT wants to widen FM 1960 between Lake Houston and the 1960 Bypass.

It's about a seven-mile stretch. 1960 would go from four lanes to six. There would be an elevated roadway over Atascocita Road and West Lake Houston Parkway.

TxDOT's Danny Perez says they also want to get rid of the continuous turning lane that runs down the middle. They want to replace it with a raised median.

"What happens is with folks when they're traveling in different directions, say, they lose control or whatever the case may be, or even an intoxicated driver, they could certainly weave into the oncoming traffic," explains Perez.

The work is expected to cost about $98 million. Perez says it hasn't been funded yet and they don't expect to start construction until 2022.

But there's a chance they could get the money sooner.

"We want to make sure we have everything ready to go and designed and something we can move forward on, get it let, and get somebody assigned to that project," says Perez. "And we can move forward."

Another thing TxDOT has to do is acquire property along 1960. The agency says it will need close to 50 acres of right-of-way, so that means some businesses would have to move.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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