There really is light at the end of the tunnel, as Tachus Internet and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) successfully complete their Kingwood projects.
First, at Tachus which has spent the last year burying fiber cables throughout Kingwood, Chelsie Baker had three bits of good news to share with Partnership Lake Houston viewers who were watching Kingwood BizCom virtually Dec. 2.
Construction in Kingwood is almost completed, Atascocita is next on the Tachus to-do list, and Tachus is looking beyond residential services, according to Baker who is director of marketing.
“It has been a pivotal year for all of us,” she said. “We started with the Partnership in 2019 and never imagined how open and receptive Kingwood would be. We are so thankful for that. We just wanted to come in and provide an easy and simple way to do the internet. The Kingwood community opened their arms to us.”
Tachus’ home office is The Woodlands, but Baker emphasized that many of their employees live in the Kingwood and surrounding area.
“When you talk with our tech support, our construction team, whomever it might be, they live right here. We don’t outsource anything,” she said.
“If we learned nothing else in this pandemic during the last two years, it was ‘wash your hands’ and ‘you need a good internet connection,’” Baker said. “We are trying to get through Kingwood and provide that service as quickly as we can.”
Baker encouraged Kingwood residents to visit tachus.com for construction updates included in a Kingwood section.
Tachus began laying down fiber cables and building out in the Kingwood area in Kingwood West and Oakhurst a year ago and, almost 12 months later, has connected thousands of customers, and completed most of its underground construction.
“Ninety-nine percent of our underground construction is set to finish before the end of the year,” Baker said. “Hang on. We are almost there. Construction is not the fun part of fast, reliable internet. Soon, we will begin connecting everyone. Look for an email coming shortly.”
“By the time of the new year, we will be out of everyone’s yard,” she said.
As Tachus finishes Kingwood, they will be moving into Atascocita.
“We also have some exciting news that will take Tachus beyond residential services in 2022,” Baker hinted without revealing what the news will be. “I look forward to coming back to another BizCom in a few months with some more exciting news.
TxDOT also had good news to share in their December 2 BizCom presentation that had to be one of the shortest ever presented at BizCom.
“We are in Phase 3 of our Loop 494 expansion project which is to construct the northbound lanes of Loop 494,” said Abraham Guzman, TxDOT assistant area engineer. “It is approximately six to eight more months for this part of the phase. Once that is complete, we will begin on replacing the Kingwood intersection and that is approximately one to two months, depending on weather.”
The $15 million project includes the reconstruction of Loop 494 between Sorters McClellan Road and Northpark Plaza Drive and includes expanding the road to four lanes, adding a raised turf median divider, center turn lanes at intersections, and adding sidewalks. The project is 70 percent complete and about a year away from finish.
“So, hopefully, by next Christmas, you won’t see us there anymore,” Guzman said.