The “main road” into Fall Creek, from Mesa Drive to Monarch Hill Lane, “may” get a major improvement.
The area currently is in Commissioner Jack Cagle’s Pct. 4, which is why his team conducted the survey. Commissioners Court recently redistricted Harris County, placing this area into Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ Pct. 1. Ellis would then be responsible for putting the study into action and upgrading Fall Creek’s major thoroughfare.
“What we are trying to improve with our study is the existing condition of the road,” said Rob Maxwell, director of the infrastructure division for Harris County Pct. 4. “The beautiful four-lane drive with trees down the middle eventually narrows down to a two-lane condition. That is what our study is trying to fix and improve.”
Maxwell described the Mesa Drive improvements at Partnership Lake Houston’s Summer Creek BizCom, held virtually Nov. 4.
The plan, according to Maxwell, is to take it from a two-lane road to a four-way and improve drainage at the same time.
“There is a lot of congestion in that area by Fall Creek Elementary School,” he said. “We have been studying the road for a little while, done a wetland investigation, done cultural resource desktop surveys, drainage studies and detention studies. What we are proposing to do is add two lanes to the roadway, make it a full boulevard.”
Pct. 4 is partnering with the area homeowners association and the water control improvement district. The proposed improvements would provide an entry into the neighborhood pool plus a cutaway through the median at Fall Creek Elementary to allow for parents to drop off and pick up their children, Maxwell said.
The improvements to the roadway also would include sidewalks, an irrigation system, lighting and landscaping down the raised median, creating a standard roadway.
“This is being done on behalf of Pct. 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle,” Maxwell said. “With the redistricting that just occurred, we (Pct. 4) will complete the study, put the study on Commissioners Court for approval, and then hand the project over to Pct. 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis who would implement design and construction.”
“This is a great project that is needed. It will help relieve congestion in front of Fall Creek Elementary. We are excited to get it done,” said Maxwell.
The study and its suggested improvements can be viewed online, hcp4.net.