By Karen Daniels
The Dulles Avenue construction between US 90 and Avenue E will not be finished until the Spring of 2013. Underway since last summer, each side is taking approximately nine months to complete. Since shutting down Dulles is not feasible, the construction is more challenging to maintain traffic flow while simultaneously rebuilding that same road. Traffic should be switched to the new side beginning in late February or early March so that work can start on the other lanes.
The new design of Dulles will have raised medians and controlled access with turn bays facilitating greater mobility. Another added, and much needed safety feature will include sidewalks on both sides of the road. Dulles will have a storm sewer with shallow ditches in certain sections. The project extends all the way from 90A to Highway 6, however, from Ave E to Highway 6, total road reconstruction is not needed. There is some good news however, and that is City of Stafford and Fort Bend County, along with Missouri City have put off the construction for Brand Lane. That will not begin until the completion of Dulles Ave. Stafford’s city engineer, Charles Russell, explained that everyone was in agreement that the close proximity of these two streets, currently an alternate route for Dulles, made it extremely unwise decision to have both projects going on at the same time.
Continuation of Staffordshire Road from 5th Street to Scanlin Road will not begin construction until mid 2014. The letting process will begin shortly and is expected to be completed on or before August 2013. Concerns were raised at Stafford’s State of the City address last month about excessive speed on the new part of Staffordshire Road, and in response to that, traffic counters have been added to see if the requirements for a stop-sign or signal are met.