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Texas Department of Transportation - Houston
7600 Washington Avenue
FM 2920 Access Management
Kuykendahl Rd to Willow St
The problems to be addressed are heavy congestion, high crashes, and connectivity. This 6 mile section of FM 2920 is a heavily utilized, east/west, four-lane rural and urban section corridor with a CTWLTL. It is functionally classified as a principal arterial with posted speeds that vary from 40 - 55 mph and traffic counts vary from <25,000 east of the City of Tomball to >35,000 at SH 99 snf nearly 30,000 near Kuykendahl. No other E/W corridor in the area connects IH 45 to US 290, thus making FM 2920 a vital connection in north Harris County. FM 2920 is flanked by retail/commercial development including several major generators such as Concordia Lutheran High School near Willow St. in Tomball, DB Services, Hooks Airport, and big box developments as well as heavy single-family and multi-family residential development. According to the 2008 FM 2920 Access Management Study (Study), this section of the corridor has a driveway density of 16/mi., which is reasonable for a similar type corridor, however, there is a lot vacant land in the corridor that is ripe for development. Access Management is critical to planning how this corridor operates. Crashes are just above the statewide average. According the Study; the corridor has a V/C ratio of 0.97 and has a Level of Service (LOS) E. Implementing access management in this corridor is key to preserving the functionality of the corridor and also not violating driver expectation by having consistent access management treatments throughout the corridor.
Add approximately 20,000 linear feet of raised median/channelization, add dedicated right and/or left turn lanes on FM 2920 at eight locations including: WB at Dowell, EB at Inverness Crossing, EB & WB right turn at Boudreaux, EB right turn at Stuebner Airline, EB & WB right turn at Alvin Klein Dr., and right turn at EB TC Jester, reduce some driveway widths, widen existing sidewalks, and other minor access management treatments including enhanced and advanced warning signage. Improve the RR crossing device, and rehab pavement between Pine Str. and Elm St.
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 2008 Access Management Study (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 (Report) confirms national documentation. H-GAC's 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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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