Four years from today, FM 1960 from Humble to the San Jacinto River Bridge could be drastically changed – a six-lane divided roadway with curbs and gutters and a raised median and, most dramatically, an overpass bridge at West Lake Houston Parkway.
“We recognized a need to address the growth in the communities that utilize FM 1960 and we began looking at ways to improve traffic flow and safety along the corridor,” said Danny Perez, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)-Houston District. “Over the years, the roadway has seen increased traffic counts and we determined the time was appropriate to begin making improvements.”
The idea of improving FM 1960 began in the 1990s, according to Perez. Since then, TxDOT has initiated what they term a public-involvement process, including public meetings and public hearings. A public hearing held at Humble High in April 2017 outlined reconstructing and widening FM 1960 to a six-lane divided roadway and adding sidewalks on both sides.
“The community presented various questions and concerns that we were able to address, including traffic during construction, potential right-of-way impacts, and drainage,” said Perez. A summary of the public comments is available on the txdot.gov website.
Three years later, right-of-way clearing and utility adjustments are currently underway from Humble’s city limits to west of the San Jacinto River bridge.
The improvements include rebuilding and widening the existing roadway to six lanes – three lanes each direction, curbs and gutters with closed storm drains on each side to improve drainage, traffic signal replacements, intersection improvements, and the overpass bridge at West Lake Houston Parkway.
The FM 1960 project is broken into two segments.
Segment 1 begins at the eastern edge of Humble and continues 3.9 miles to Twigsworth Lane which is just east of Timber Forest Drive on FM 1960. Improvements include six lanes, raised medians, turn lanes, sidewalks on both sides, storm sewers and four detention ponds, improved traffic signals, and a traffic-control plan.
Segment 2 begins at the Twigsworth Lane location and continues 2.7 miles to west of the San Jacinto River Bridge and continues all of the improvements included in Segment 1 with the addition of retaining walls and sound walls in the residential area plus the overpass bridge across West Lake Houston Parkway.
Construction is expected to begin later this year or early next year, according to Perez, taking four years to complete at a cost of $135.7 million.
Even at this late date with the engineering and design well underway, Lake Houston residents can still provide feedback on the FM 1960 project.
“While the public comment period has ended, we recommend the community present any questions or concerns by going to our feedback website at txdot.gov/contact-us/form,” said Perez.
Follow the TxDOT progress on FM 1960 improvements on the Project Tracker website, txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/project-tracker, facebook.com/txdothouston, and @txdothouston on Twitter.