U.S. 290 Corridor
Volkert provided engineer-led inspection teams to assist in managing construction on the U.S. 290 Corridor for the Texas Department of Transportation, Houston District. The team provided structure inspections for bridges and bridge class culverts, which includes foundations, substructure and superstructure; concrete paving inspections from the subgrade up to the pavement; and hot mix asphalt paving inspection from the subgrade up to the pavement.
TxDOT proposed a design for the initial U.S. 290 construction phase, which included two additional general purpose lanes in each direction from I-610 to S.H. 6, an additional general purpose lane from S.H. 6 to F.M. 2920, and a reversible high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in the center of U.S. 290 from I-610 to S.H. 99 (Grand Parkway). This phase totaled 33 miles of U.S. 290 corridor widening.
Carpoolers and buses will benefit from an extension of the existing reversible lane to the Grand Parkway. Access to the reversible facility will be from direct connection ramps from the Northwest Transit Center, West Little York Park and Ride, and the Northwest Station Park and Ride, as well as slip ramps to serve the Skinner Park and Ride.
The proposed improvements are part of TxDOT’s long-range vision for the U.S. 290 corridor, which also includes construction of the Hempstead Tollway from I-610 to S.H. 99 (Grand Parkway) with two lanes in each direction, and a 50-foot reserve for future high-capacity transit.
Texas Department of Transportation