Kingwood Drive construction causes congestion
- Written by B.R. Kimbro
As construction on Kingwood Drive continues, so does traffic. Cars driving past Kingwood High School last week were forced into bottle-neck traffic due to lane closures and construction crews on the westbound lanes of Kingwood Drive. Crews were repairing concrete in certain areas of the road that needed attention. Every three or four years, the City of Houston comes in and performs such repairs. “There seems to be some instability in the soil under the concrete in many areas of Kingwood,” according to City Councilman Mike Sullivan. “If we failed to repair these areas where the roads are breaking down, the damage would simply spread and we would experience a rapid breakdown in the concrete and its road base.” Construction is anticipated to be complete on the westbound lanes by the end of this week. Crews have marked areas of Kingwood Drive that need to be removed, road base reinforced, rebar laid down, and concrete poured. Despite the traffic delays, construction is moving on schedule. “The crew is coordinating their work so it maximizes efficiency and minimizes disruption to traffic,” said Sullivan. As soon as repairs on the westbound lanes are complete, they will start construction on the eastbound lanes, in front of KHS. Sullivan anticipates that this will be a swift project. “These new repairs are likely going to last 10 - 20 years, but will depend on a number of factors,” said Sullivan.