Officials Celebrate Tomball Construction Start, But 249 Relief Will Take Some Time

Construction on Kelly Lane project to begin in December

Work to widen the highway from Spring-Cypress Road to FM 1774 in Pinehurst will start on the southern end. The first of two phases of construction,from south of Spring-Cypress Road to near Northpointe Boulevard , is expected to cost $28 million . The second step, taking the lanes to Waller-Tomball Road, will follow and is expected to cost $45 million. The new lanes wont be ready until 2015, and will be followed by years more work before construction reaches Pinehurst. Most of the work will occur within the wide median of the existing 249, which bypasses downtown Tomball with the toll lanes in mind. The toll lanes are not a replacement for Texas 249.

The project will expand the two-lane roadway to four lanes with a median. The first phase of the project will widen the road from Murchison Ridge to Falcon Point Boulevard. The first phase of the project is expected to be advertised for contractor bidding on Oct. 3. A contractor could be awarded a contract as soon as November, with an expected construction start date of December. The year-long project is estimated to finish by winter of 2014. City Engineer Dan Franz said he is working with TxDOT to sync up signals on Kelly Lane to match up with state Highways 130 and 45.

Construction Round Up: Slight Changes for Bar Fuel Surcharges

The Chinese low price of 62% Australian iron suffolk construction needs ore fines traded sideways last week. Following a steady week, prices for Chinese H-beam steel closed flat. The price of Chinese rebar did not change since the previous week. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI Report covering the metals markets of the Construction sector. Chinese aluminum bar remained unchanged for the week.


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