The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ 10 (the Authority) has voted to spend $33,000 on a 3D visualization video of the future development of Northpark Drive. Board members agreed to commission the film; Houston City Council member Dave Martin’s office will reimburse the Authority through his service budget.
The Northpark Drive project, a major road improvement and overpass at U.S. 59, is moving forward. The $55 million project will be pursued in two phases. Phase 1 will be funded by the City of Houston and TIRZ and will run from I-69, including the overpass, to some point east. Phase 2 will be funded, hopefully, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Authority Chairman Stan Sarman has commented that he expects the project will begin probably in 2019.
The film will be an interactive, three-dimensional virtual model showing a conceptual representation of the proposed designs superimposed on existing conditions. The film will come with a six-month subscription and web address so all interested persons can view it. The Authority anticipates great community interest in the project and the film will be helpful in communicating the design and eventual results of the enormous road construction.
A companion video, simulating traffic on Northpark, has also been ordered for a cost of $3,000.
The Authority formally voted to execute the contract with Jerdon Enterprises, the firm chosen last month to construct improvements to two intersections in Kingwood. Mobility projects at West Lake Houston Parkway (WLHP) and Kings Crossing and at WLHP and Northpark will move forward quickly now that the contract for the project has been awarded. Jerdon, a civil engineering general contractor, had both the lowest bid and the highest rating from Walter P. Moore, the Authority’s engineering firm. The projects will cost $1,231,875.40. Work is expected to begin Aug. 28 and be completed Jan. 25, 2018. Turn lanes will be added/extended and improved traffic signalization and safety improvements are slated.
The intersections were identified as a priority two years ago when the Authority conducted a mobility survey of Kingwood residents. Respondents submitted a lengthy list of improvements that would increase mobility in the area. From that list, priority was assigned and these intersections were chosen to be first.
Jessica Beemer, chief of staff for Martin, announced that the two Safe Sidewalk projects are on schedule. The projects – a new sidewalk on the south side of Kingwood Drive from Valley Manor Drive east to Oak Street, near Fuddruckers, and a pedestrian crossing built at Kingwood Drive in front of Kingwood High School – and a second project, a repair on the north side of Kingwood Drive near the high school, will be finished by Aug. 26, the first day of school.
Beemer also announced a Town Hall meeting Sept. 12 at the Kingwood Community Center. Martin has invited Sylvester Turner, mayor of Houston, to speak.
At the beginning of July, the Authority’s beginning operating fund balance was $6,916,794. After disbursements, the ending balance is $6,600,192.
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