TxDOT: 18 new projects planned for Houston area this fall

July 31, 2013 3:08:53 PM PDT
Millions of dollars are going to approve the roadways here locally. And while that's what many residents say we need, it will cause some traffic problems.

Making your way into work would be easy if you could leave at 11am, but we know the morning rush is a little different, even if you're not too far out.

"Bumper-to-bumper traffic not going anywhere, just sitting there," commuter Katie Omo-Cohen said.

And right as school starts, expect to see more bright signs redirecting your commute. The Texas Department of Transportation says 18 projects are slated for the Houston area this coming fall.

The projects range from turn lanes and street lights to widening roadways. They total nearly $75 million and will spread into five counties. Some of the major ones include the Southwest Freeway from Rice Boulevard to the Beltway, which will get a new layer of asphalt.

"They are going to take the top layer of the roadway off and do a little depth repair and also just overlay with the asphalt that you already see out there," TxDOT Spokeswoman Deidra Samuels said.

In Fort Bend County, more lanes will be added on FM 2234.

"It's going to increase the lanes from two to four. So even if it's 1.5 miles, it's going to go a long way in making sure more motorists are able to get from Point A to Point B," Samuels said.

So more orange cones are on the way sure, then maybe less of a commuting headache.

"I think it's a great idea. We definitely need more road because more people are coming to Houston," Omo-Cohen said.

Most of the projects will last on average from 4 to 7 months.

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