Fort Bend County and the City of Richmond recognized the completion of one of the 2007 mobility projects on Thursday, February 16, 2012, by gathering for a ribbon cutting. The improvements to Williams Way Blvd., Phase I included 1.53 miles of a four-lane concrete roadway with a curb and gutter drainage system.
The primary objective for improving Williams Way was to facilitate traffic to and from the new Fort Bend County Justice Center from U.S. 59. Othon, Inc., the design engineers for the project, softened the alignment of the curves on the roadway to accommodate the 45-mph speed limit. Special turn lanes were provided at Hutchinson Elementary School and for two future streets on the south side of the roadway as the area further develops. Hassell Construction Company was the contractor for the project and completed the roadway in 13 months.
The City of Richmond partnered with the County for the roadway and secured additional funding from the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation for construction of the sidewalk along the entire length of the road. By increasing the right of way and the removal of trees along the roadway, visibility is greatly improved making the roadway safer.
Total cost of the project was $3.4 million dollars and was funded with a portion of the $156 million in Mobility Bonds approved by voters in 2007, and is an additional milestone in the process of solving our long-term mobility needs.