In an effort to ease congestion along Townsen Blvd. between FM 1960 and U.S. Highway 59, the City of Humble City Council approved the widening of the west portion of Townsen from two to four lanes.
City council members approved the bid from Joslin Construction for $2,804,684 to widening West Townsen Boulevard from the Walmart to where the road turns toward Hwy. 59 during their monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 24.
“We are very excited about this project,” Humble Mayor Merle Aaron said during the meeting after the bid was accepted. “This widening will help with traffic patterns with the new residential developments being built along Townsen Boulevard and the new school being constructed in Aldine ISD.”
City council also approved a $2,428,000 bid from Landmark Structures for the construction of a new elevated water storage tank and water system improvements.
“This project is important for future infrastructure and businesses that want to come into the city,” Aaron said.
A representative who spoke on behalf of the city and represented them throughout the bidding process added that this project will be great for the city to get ahead of any water or sewage issues as more businesses move into the city of Humble.
The city also approved an ordinance amending regulations and rules in regards to billboards, feather signs and inflatable signs such as the “wavy arm” inflatables seen at various local businesses.
According to the ordinance, “It shall be unlawful for any person to own, erect, use, benefit from, maintain or permit any feather sign or any inflatable sign within the city. Also, it shall be unlawful for any person to own, erect, use, benefit from, maintain or permit any billboard sign with exception of those billboard signs installed within the city prior to August 10, 2017. Where a lawful billboard sign exists on the effective date of this section, the billboard sign shall not be reconstructed if it is destroyed by any means or is otherwise removed.”
Several residents in attendance at the meeting expressed their appreciation for the city council passing this ordinance since it will improve the appearance around some parts of the city as well as improve safety since it will allow drivers to see pedestrians and will not hinder any sight while exiting and entering parking lots.
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