The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority TIRZ 10 recently announced that the Houston-Galveston Area (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council approved $28,362,932 in federal funding for the Northpark Drive Reconstruction Project.
As planned, funding will be available in Fiscal Year 2023 and will be used for the second phase of the project. Northpark Drive is one of the most heavily traveled roads in Kingwood. The TIRZ has spent at least six years planning the encompassing improvement project to the street.
The project is divided into two phases. Phase 1, referred to as the Northpark Drive Overpass Project, includes significant changes, including an overpass, from Hwy. 59 to Russell Palmer Road. Phase 1 is estimated to cost $38.8 million and is being paid for through a combination of funds from the City of Houston and a bond issue. The design funding was officially approved at the Houston City Council meeting March 27 for $6.6 million.
The goal of the second phase is to improve safety and traffic flow along the road by widening Northpark Drive from four to six lanes from Russell Palmer Road to Woodland Hills Drive. Other project improvements include storm-water detention; the elevation of Northpark Drive above the 500-year flood plain, providing an all-weather evacuation route; building a pedestrian bridge; and the reconstruction of two bridges over the channel.
The total project cost of Phase 2 is $34,507,926; the TIRZ will be responsible to make up the difference from the federal funding amount.
“We are pleased that the H-GAC recognized the importance of the Northpark Drive Reconstruction Project and recommended approval of Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority’s application. We look forward to moving forward on the next phase of the project, including project design and acquisition of right-of-way,” said Stan Sarman, TIRZ 10 board chair.
“I also want to thank City of Houston Councilmember Dave Martin and the Kingwood residents who submitted public comments in support of this project. Without your support and efforts, we would not have gotten this project to the finish line,” he said.
“Since my first term in office, I’ve been committed to improving mobility in the Kingwood area and am very proud of the great strides TIRZ 10 has made over the last seven years. This process has been long and filled with many challenges, but we are finally at the tipping point when it comes to reducing congestion in the Kingwood area by expanding Northpark Drive from four lanes to six and adding a landscaped median. This expansion project will not only improve mobility but will also increase safety and provide for the first ever flood-resistant evacuation route for the Kingwood area. Congratulations and thank you to the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority TIRZ board members for reaching this milestone,” said Sarman.
The Lake Houston Redevelopment TIRZ 10 was created by the City of Houston in 1997.