The City of Katy is moving forward with $33.5 million in local road projects, funded by both bond money and cash from METRO.
Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert gave an overview and update on the projects at an infrastructure summit held Thursday at the Embassy Suites, 16435 Katy Fwy. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event.
The Katy City Council in January approved issuance of approximately $26 million in road bonds for four projects intended to provide drainage, mobility and traffic improvement. The remaining $10.5 million is in cash and being used for other road projets.
Hebert said the bond money is for these projects:
- Morton Road will be widened from two to four lanes, from Katy Hockley Road to the end of the Katy city limits. The widening will include a new bridge crossing at the Cane Island Branch. Estimated cost is $7.7 million. Estimated completion is Summer 2024.
- Pitts Road will be realigned in Cane Island with the existing Pitts Road north of Morton Road. The work will include new concrete boulevard pavement, a traffic signal and a sewer system. Estimated cost is $2.3 million. Estimated completion is early Fall 2024.
- Katy Hockley Road will be widened from two to four lanes from Morton Road to Clay Road. The project will also include storm sewers. Estimated cost is $7.7 million. Estimated completion is Fall 2025.
- Pederson Road will be widened, with a new center turning land for truck traffic. The project will also include a storm sewer system running from I-10 to U.S. 90. Estimated cost is $4.2 million. Estimated completion is Summer 2024.
Hebert said the cash is for these projects:
- Katy Fort Bend Road will be extended into the Katy Boardwalk District. The project includes a decorative traffic signal and monument bridge. Estimated cost is $2.4 million. Estimated completion is Spring 2023.
- Prairie Parkway will be extended into the Katy Boardwalk District. Estimated cost is $1.9 million. Estimated completion is August.
- First Street will be widened from Bartlett Road to Avenue D. The project includes a new bride crossing of the Cane Island Branch. The project is in design. Estimated cost is $2.7 million. Estimated completion is Summer 2023.
- Second phase of boulevard lanes at Pitts Road from Cane Island Parkway to Morton Road. Estimated cost is $1.7 million. The project is estimated to start in 2023.
- Second phase of boulevard lanes on Cane Island Parkway, from Franz Road to Swift Way. Estimated cost is $1.9 million. The project is expected to start in 2023.
Hebert said the city this spring unveiled a new webpage that enables the public to track the progress on the various road projects. The abbreviated URL for it is https://bit.ly/3IWA9Ti.
Other road projects
Hebert said the city is working with the Texas Department of Transportation on other road projects, which include:
- Widening and adding sidewalks to a 6.7-mile section of FM 1463 from I-10 to FM 1093 in Fort Bend County.
- Adding a lane in either direction (totaling four lanes) to U.S. 90 between Katy and Brookshire. The improvements would include reconstruction and widening of bridges at Kellner, Brookshire, Willow Fork and Snake Creek. The improvements would also include installation of a closed stormwater system.
- Adding two managed lanes and two general-purpose lanes between FM 359 and US 90/Katy Mills Boulevard on I-10. This includes the extension of frontage roads from Pederson Road to US 90/Katy Mills Boulevard.