City Council to discuss traffic light at Loop 463 and Houston Highway

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

June 1, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.

The intersection of Houston Highway and Loop 463 could soon be controlled by a traffic light.

Texas Department of Transportation recently conducted a study that showed a need for a traffic light at that intersection.

The City Council is expected to approve a resolution authorizing the city manager to hire HDR Engineering to design the traffic signal.

The engineering design project will cost the city about $60,000.

The construction of the signal will cost an estimated $385,000, of which the city will pay $135,000, and the state will cover $250,000.

A traffic study for a proposed traffic signal requires the collection of data including accident information, approach speeds, intersection delays and vehicular and pedestrian traffic counts, according to the department of transportation website.

City Council member Tom Halepaska said he supported the light because of the difficulty drivers have trying to turn onto Houston Highway from Loop 463.

"The Metropolitan Planning Organization identified the signal as a needed project at least two years ago," he said. "I'm not sure why it took two years - I guess the glacial speed of government. I'm just glad it's being done now."



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