The City of Rosenberg and Fort Bend County are working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to address traffic congestion at the intersection of Avenue H and State Highway 36. Due to limited public right-of-way at the intersection, any expansion would require the purchase of adjacent businesses and properties. As an alternative, TxDOT has developed a plan to convert sections of Avenue H and Avenue I to one-way thoroughfares through a section of Rosenberg extending from Frost Street to Louise Street.
TxDOT will provide a “refresher” overview of the One-way Pairs Project at the Rosenberg Civic Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 28. The presentation is open to the public, and all interested are invited to attend to learn more about the project.
Because Avenue H (US 90A), Avenue I (FM 1640), and SH 36 are state right-of-ways, TxDOT is the lead agency on the project and will provide funding for engineering and construction. TxDOT’s project schedule is to receive construction bids in 2014. Prior to construction, Rosenberg and Fort Bend County will share the costs of relocating City utilities (water and wastewater) and purchasing property for the east roadway connection. The City will contribute approximately $2.5 million and Fort Bend County will contribute $1.5 million from County Mobility Bond Funds approved by voters in 2007.
The City will replace sections of the City’s aged wastewater infrastructure along Avenue H and in the downtown area beginning this summer (2013). This will improve services to customers, especially since existing sewer lines experience stormwater infiltration and backups. The City will then relocate water lines in the project area in 2014. It is important to note that the utility improvements associated with the project are necessary updates to the City’s aging infrastructure, whether or not the One-way Pairs Project is completed.