West Airport road construction – “It’s Going to be a Mess”
By Karen Daniels
Those were Mayor Charles Jessup’s exact words to describe the road construction that will start this month on West Airport, between Hwy 59 and South Kirkwood.
No definitive start date was given, but TxDOT Area Engineer, Jeff Volk, who conducted the safety meeting, said it would start within “two to three weeks” and “by the end of May.”
This project is a “full blown replacement” consisting of foundation and surface, additional lighting, new drains and left turn lanes, that will take one year to complete.
The contract was awarded to Aranda Brothers Construction. The plans call for the west side of airport (traveling from Sugar Land to Hwy 59) to be closed first, rerouting two-way traffic to the other street for approximately five months. The switch will then be made and the process repeated.
Currently, there are no fast-tracked items in the plans, though four issues were brought up by representatives from Sterling McCall and Sugar Grove Church, of problems closed entrances would create. The current budget does not include fast-tracks, so this would be up to Fort Bend County and Meadows Place to address. Construction will run Monday – Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm, with an occasional Saturday. The speed limit will be reduced by five miles to 30 mph.
The average transit on West Airport per day is 31,000 vehicles. This road, which was not designed for heavy trucks and excessive traffic, is 40 years old. Additional roads in Meadows Place will be closed to prevent travel within the neighborhood. Mayor Jessup promised to keep everyone apprised of changing construction information on the City’s newly updated website at http://www.cityofmeadowsplace.org “It’s going to be a mess, but it will be better when it’s done.”
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