Humble’s new fire chief, David J. Langenberg, left, introduces himself at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Humble BizCom to, from left: Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and Bender Performing Arts Center; Jeanne Javadi, TxDOT engineer; and Chris Orosco, chief information officer for Entech Civil Engineers. Wooden described The Bender’s full year of performances while Javadi and Orosco detailed the road improvements coming to FM 1960. Photo by Tom Broad

At the Oct. 4 Humble BizCom, TxDOT engineers outlined improvements coming to FM 1960 just outside Humble’s east limits, while Humble High School’s assistant principal bragged on the school’s TSTEM Academy and International Baccalaureate Program, and Humble’s city manager described his most difficult decision to date.

Lake Houston residents will begin seeing construction along FM 1960 in mid-to-late 2020. That’s when all utilities and business frontage will have been acquired from FM 1960 just outside Humble’s east limits all the way to the McKay bridge.

The project is divided into two segments. TxDOT Engineer Jeanne Javadi described the east segment which begins at Twigsworth Lane to the bridge during the June 14 Atascocita BizCom. That segment includes an overpass planned over W. Lake Houston Pkwy.

Javadi attended the latest BizCom to discuss the west segment construction, which will affect the City of Humble.

“Our ultimate goal is to improve safety along 1960,” Javadi said.

The west portion will feature six lanes plus turn lanes, coordinated signals, sidewalks, raised medians and at least four detention ponds to provide good drainage, according to Chris Orosco of Entech Civil Engineers.

Construction will begin in 2020 on the north side of FM 1960 while both directions of traffic will move to the south side. Then construction will move to the south side of the roadway while both directions of traffic move to the newly constructed north lanes. The middle turning lane will be kept open during this construction so that traffic can turn in and out of local businesses, said Orosco.

In other BizCom topics, Humble High Assistant Principal Kimberly Mouser bragged on Humble’s new TSTEM Academy, which allows Humble ISD students to take science, technical, engineering and math classes through Lone Star College, earning a college degree while they also earn their high school diplomas.

Mouser also bragged on Humble’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program for more than 100 Humble juniors and seniors interested in attending college outside Texas or internationally.

City Manager Jason Stuebe disclosed that Humble businesses are “… 100 percent open. Some residents are not back to full speed, but all Humble businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey have completed their repairs and are open.”

The city has introduced a “911 texting program” in which residents can add their contact information to the city’s notification list to receive important information and announcements. The link is located on the city’s Web page, cityofhumble.com.

Humble’s annual Christmas Parade will march down Main Street Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Stuebe said.

He humorously noted that his most difficult task has been to make sure the new elevated water-storage tank being built near Humble High School is, in his words, “…the proper shade of Humble Wildcat Purple.”

The next Humble BizCom will be Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Humble High School. Attendance is free, but registration is required at lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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