Study Looks At Growing Traffic Congestion In Fort Bend County

As Fort Bend's population continues to grow, officials are looking at safety improvements on one of the county's busiest roadways.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Ft.Bend County's population has increased by seven percent between 2010 and 2012. It's expected to grow to over 700,000 by 2016. And as more people move to the area, that means more traffic. 

To prepare for that growth, the Houston-Galveston Area Council is now studying traffic patterns on 12 miles of roads in the Richmond-Rosenberg area, and that includes U.S. Highway 90A.  

Senior Transportation Planner Stephan Gage says the four-lane roadway is seeing a lot of activity because of all the new subdivisions.  

"You're starting to see a lot of congestion on 90A, particularly in the AM and PM peaks, when people are either going to or coming from their places of employment which are usually somewhere in Houston."  

Gage says they're looking at things like turning lanes and access to parking lots. And after going over five years' worth of crash data, they found that 90A has a high number of rear-end and left turn accidents.  

"Which kind of suggests you have either too many driveways along a corridor, or you have issues with signal timing, or in the case of a continuous left-turn lane, it may be time to start to look at infrastructure improvements."  

After the H-GAC wraps up its study, planners will put together a list of suggested improvements, and they'll also have to find ways to pay for those projects.  

A public meeting is planned for May 15. It starts at 6:00 p.m. at the George Memorial Library in Richmond.

 

Below is a map that shows the studay area in red.

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...