(Cypress, TX – June 11, 2012) With area residents already anticipating the 2013 opening of a Grand Parkway extension from Interstate 10 to U.S. 290, another upcoming roadway improvement project is sure to bring additional smiles.

Harris County and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) have approved an initial agreement for the widening of U.S. 290 from Loop 610 to the Grand Parkway by adding two or three reversible managed lanes for high-occupancy vehicles and toll traffic as well as one general lane in both directions. Construction of the $1.3 billion project could start early next year, and work is estimated to take approximately six years once it begins.

“Those of us in the northwest Houston area hope the U.S. 290 project will mirror the success of the Katy Freeway reconstruction, another joint project between government entities,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of master-planned communities. “Contractors were able to finish Katy Freeway additions early, while maintaining traffic flow during construction.”

Before major work on U.S. 290 begins, TxDOT plans to rehabilitate Old Hempstead Road from east of Washington Avenue to west of Beltway 8 so the thoroughfare can serve as a detour route during the U.S. 290 construction.

A 15.2-mile segment of the Grand Parkway from Interstate 10 to U.S. 290 started construction in 2012 and should open late next year.

For details on U.S. 290 construction, visit the TxDOT website at http://www.my290.com/. To learn more about Bridgeland, visit www.bridgeland.com.