The city of Houston’s Spring Branch community excitedly welcomed the groundbreaking of Gessner Road this January. The project will entail a long-awaited enhancement of the section of the road between Long Point and Neuens, which has now become dilapidated.
The project will involve the design and construction of a six-lane divided concrete roadway with storm drainage, curbs, driveways, street lighting, traffic control, and necessary underground utilities. The project is expected to improve traffic circulation, mobility, and drainage.
“Traffic and drainage have been a problem along Gessner for a long time,” said Council Member Brenda Stardig. “It has become dangerous for drivers and pedestrians, and this project will help to improve mobility. My constituents have waited for this reconstruction for many years. It is time to move this project forward.”
The anticipation of this roadway improvement has been building with Spring Branch’s population. The annual average daily traffic count is expected to increase by nearly 25% by the year 2040. With Gessner Road as the primary connecting route to major businesses in the area, having the roadways optimized to facilitate daily commuting and future growth is critical.
The entire project will take place over the course of four different phases, the first of which will involve removing medians, storm sewers, and paving installation. Overall completion is expected in just under two years’ time.
RS&H will provide design services on the project. PM Ron Kline had the honor of attending the groundbreaking ceremony, which included such guests as Houston City Council Member Brenda Stardig and Mayor Sylvester Turner, as shown in the image above.