Council approves contract for Max Road expansion
City Council awarded the construction contract in the amount of $6.8 million for the $10.8 million Max Road Expansion Project. Construction is set to begin in November 2017, and is estimated to be complete by October 2018. As part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program, the project will widen Max Road from Hughes Ranch Road near the new Hickory Slough Sportsplex and connect with Reid Boulevard. The project will improve mobility and traffic access to the Hickory Slough Sportsplex, Hughes Ranch Road and future area development. Max Road will be increased from two lanes to four, curbs and gutters with an underground storm sewer will be added in addition to landscaped medians, street lighting, a traffic signal at Hughes Ranch Road, and two new bridges (northbound and southbound) at Hickory Slough. The roadway is designated as a major thoroughfare, and the connection to Reid Blvd. directly aligns it with the Manvel Road (FM1128) intersection and is planned to eventually continue north, connecting with McHard Road. The project is funded via Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funds through the Houston Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), and administered through TxDOT’s Local Government Projects Program. This program allows the City to lead the design, bidding and construction of the project, while adhering to federal program rules.
The Max Road Expansion Project is aimed at improving mobility and increase public safety between Hughes Ranch Road and Broadway (near Reid Blvd). City growth and residential development in addition to the construction of the new Hickory Slough Sports Complex in the southwest corner of Max Hughes Ranch intersection, created and increased the demand for reliable access to the area. Max Road is planned to extend all the way to the beltway in the future, providing another north-south access route to regional transportation facilities. This upcoming phase is only in the early planning stage and is not funded at this time. However, the City plans to sponsor this part of the project in a future H-GAC Transportation Improvement Program Call for Projects.
The project is in line with the City Council Strategic Priority of Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainable Infrastructure.