Improvements to two intersections in Kingwood will begin soon. Mobility projects at West Lake Houston Parkway and Kings Crossing and at WLHP and Northpark will move forward quickly now that the bid for the project has been awarded. The board of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority (the Authority) and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Number 10, voted last week to award the projects to Houston-based Jerdon Enterprise. Jerdon, a civil engineering general contractor, had both the lowest bid and the highest rating from Walter P. Moore, the Authority’s engineering firm.

The projects will cost $1,231,875.40. Work is expected to begin August 28 and be completed January 25, 2018. Turn lanes will be added/extended, improved traffic signalization and safety improvements are slated.

The intersections were identified as a priority two years ago when the Authority conducted a mobility survey of Kingwood residents. Respondents submitted a lengthy list of improvements that would increase mobility in the area. From that list, priority was assigned and these intersections were chosen to be first.

This is the first project, Authority Chairman Stan Sarman, said, that the Authority bid on its own.

Jessica Beemer, chief of staff for Houston Councilmember Dave Martin, announced that two Safe Sidewalk projects began in June. A new sidewalk will be built on the south side of Kingwood Drive from Valley Manor Drive east to Oak Street, near Fuddruckers. A pedestrian crossing will be built at Kingwood Drive in front of Kingwood High School. The second sidewalk project, a repair, is on the north side of Kingwood Drive near the high school. Tree roots have caused damage to existing pavement and this will be fixed. She also announced Martin will hold a Town Hall meeting at the Kingwood Community Center Sept. 12.

The Authority received its annual funding, or increment, from the City of Houston in the amount of $4,737,515.64. Authority manager Ralph de Leon cautioned the board that much of the money is destined for developer reimbursements and a $205,530 check must be sent to the City for the 2017 Municipal Services Charge.

During public comment, Forest Cove resident Keith Montes read a statement asking the board not to undertake any mobility projects in Forest Cove.

“We oppose any realignment, expansion or connection of Hamblen Road. We ask that you remove this project from your list. Forest Cove does not have any traffic or mobility problems and we do not want any increase of traffic from Kingwood residents,” he said.

The Authority meets next August 10 at 8 a.m. at the Kingwood Community Center. 

 

A link to the PDFs of the construction documents for the two intersection projects in Kingwood may be found here:

 

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