$1.8B US 290 project runs 20 years ahead of schedule$1.8B US 290 project runs 20 years ahead of schedulehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=94312012-10-03T09:08:00Z2012-10-03T00:00:00Z

HOUSTON - Key sections of US 290 are scheduled to be completed up to two decades ahead of schedule, according to state and county officials.

The $1.8 billion project includes widening US 290 to four general purpose lanes for in and outbound traffic and two to three reversible managed lanes in the middle for HOV and tolled vehicles.

The plan also includes construction on the parallel Hempstead Tollway, a bike trail and reserved right-of-way for high capacity transit.

The improvements could shave 20 minutes off the average commute and reduce traffic time by 40 percent.

Construction on all sections of the US 290 corridor between I-610 and SH 99 is scheduled to begin by mid-2014, while construction on the section between I-610 and SH 6 should start in 2013 with a targeted completion date of 2016.

The project has received funding from Harris County, H-GAC, the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Houston. The program is expected to secure $787 million from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and $400 million from the Harris County Toll Road Authority.

Previously, TxDOT only had enough funding to complete the I-610/US 290 interchange, and the project between W. Little York near Beltway 8 and FM 529.

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