At 14,000 acres, Kingwood is the largest master-planned community in Harris County, Texas. As Kingwood has grown, traffic volume and gridlock have increased along the area’s major thoroughfares.
Northpark Drive is one of the most heavily traveled and congested roadways in Kingwood. Active railroad crossings further complicate traffic issues and create bottlenecks during peak travel hours. Northpark Drive was identified by the community as the number one priority mobility project needed for Kingwood.
The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority, in conjunction with Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 10 (TIRZ) and the City of Houston, is leading the reconstruction of Northpark Drive. TIRZs are special zones created by city council to attract investment in an area. These zones help finance redevelopment costs and promote growth by allowing investment in public improvements.
Improvement of Northpark Drive between I-69 and Woodland Hills Drive is occurring in two phases The first phase of this reconstruction, the Northpark Drive Overpass Project between I-69 and Russell Palmer Road, will add a grade-separated overpass at Texas State Loop 494 and the Union Pacific Railroad crossing.
McKim & Creed was awarded a contract to perform topographic survey, Level B SUE and right-of-way mapping services for the Northpark Drive Reconstruction Project (T-1014). This project is a little over one mile in length (6,100-ft) with an estimated 95,000 linear feet of subsurface utilities.
The project will reduce congestion, decrease traffic delays and travel time, improve mobility, enhance pedestrian safety and improve emergency access.