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Texas Department of Transportation - Houston
7600 Washington Avenue
FM 2920 Access Management
Kuykendahl Rd to Lexington Rd
The problems to be addressed are heavy congestion, high crashes, and connectivity. This 5.29 mi. section of FM 2920 is a heavily utilized, east/west, four- to five-lane rural and urban section corridor with a CTWLTL (note, east of Holzwarth, the EB lanes is two lanes, after Holzwarth, it's three lanes). It is functionally classified as a principal arterial with posted speeds that vary from 40 - 55 mph and traffic counts vary > 50,000 near IH 45 to <34,000 near Kuykendahl. No other E/W corridor in the area connects IH 45 to US 290, making it a vital connection in north Harris County. FM 2920 is flanked by retail/commercial development as well as heavy single-family and multi-family residential development. This section of the corridor has a driveway density of 36/mi., which is the second highest density in the corridor according to the 2008 Access Management Study (Study). Crashes are higher than the statewide average. According the Study; the corridor has a V/C ratio of 1.5, which is Level of Service (LOS) F. In addition, the intersections of FM 2920 and IH 45 and Kuykendahl both have an intersection LOS F.
Add approximately 18,000 linear feet of raised median/channelization, add dedicated right turn lanes on FM 2920 at four locations including: WB lane at IH 45 frontage road, EB lane at IH 45 frontage for exclusive right, EB and WB right turns at Falvel Rd., EB right turn at Rhodes Rd., WB right turn at Kuykendahl Rd., reduce some driveway widths, and other minor access management treatments including enhanced and advanced warning signage and signal timing.
The primary purpose of the project is to reduce crashes and improve throughput thereby maintaining a high level of connectivity by reducing conflict points and better planning and coordinating how traffic moves through the corridor and interacts with land use. The improvements will smooth traffic flow, improve travel times, decrease delays at traffic signals, improve air quality, and provide for a less stressful commute thus improving public health, a key goal of the FHWA. The project is anticipated to not only reduce the rate of crashes but also the severity of crashes. According to the Study, expected VHT savings is 213 hours for implementation of access management in the entire corridor (FM 2920 from IH 45 to US 290). Many of the access management improvements proposed in the study have already been or are being implemented. Improvements are being performed in phases due to the length of the corridor. The Study reports, $12.5M in crash cost savings, and $2.6M in annual travel time savings for the entire corridor. Empirical evidence documents the benefits of Access Management treatments. For instance, FHWA's Benefits of Access Management (FHWA-OP-03-066) reports, "raised medians reduce crashes by 40 percent in urban areas and over 60 percent in rural areas." Medians provide pedestrian refuge and better plan how vehicles move through a corridor. The same document indicates left turn lanes substantially reduce rear-end crashes and substantially increase capacity. H-GAC's Evaluation of Access Management report confirms national documentation. The report indicates, access management reduced travel time and delay and reduced driveway-related crashes by 40 to 70 percent, while maintaining economic competitiveness.
Less than $100 million
(Manage) Access Management/Safety/Grade Separations
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Categorical Exclusion (CE)
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FM 2920 is a designated on-street bike facility. The improvements in this project will make biking more safe because it will limit conflict points thus creating a higher comfort activity. In some locations, we are proposing improved cross walks and the addition of a raised median will provide much needed pedestrian refuge in a high speed, multi-lane corridor.
FM 2920 Access Management Study
Houston-Galveston Area Council