NEW LANES TO BE ADDED Drivers and residents on Wilson Road have been enduring construction for months. The improvements are expected to continue until February 2008. The Wilson Road project's scope is mainly to widen the road and put in two, new turning lanes. From Humble High School, one left turn lane is currently at the intersection of Wilson Road and First Street, but putting a designated right turn lane at that same intersection is part of the City of Humble's plan. There are plans for a middle turn lane that will go down the center of Wilson Road from Will Clayton Parkway to FM 1960, similar to the center lane on FM 1960. This change will allow the flow of traffic to continue when drivers are turning into the businesses and streets. The project began Jan. 2, 2007, and is planned to be finished around the first of February. One 16-inch existing water line is under the road and workers have been constructing lines alongside Wilson Road to replace it. Mark Arnold, assistant director of Public Works, explained the reason for this. "The worst thing that could happen after we lay a new road down is a water leak, and then we would have to pull up the entire road again just to fix it." Rerouting all of the existing lines to the newly constructed ones is what has been most time consuming, according to Arnold. "There are just a few more water connections and drainage issues to be dealt with before the overlay can be put in place. We are now just trying to kill the water line under the road and fix the concrete areas that need to be dug up and redone," Arnold said. Once all of the connections are made, the workers can then complete the overlay, which will almost complete the project. The City of Humble's workers have been working Monday through Friday, and sometimes Saturdays, to complete the project.

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