Rep. Gene Green Breaks Ground at Federal Road Project
HOUSTON, TX — Today, Representative Gene Green (D-TX) joined Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Jack Morman, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Port Terminal Railroad Association (PTRA) for a groundbreaking ceremony of the Federal Road Grade Separation Project.
“The new overpass on Federal Road will bring an end to the 30 minute long rail crossing delays, benefitting local families, commuters, and nearby companies that have lost time and money as a result of these delays,” said Green. Every day there are freight trains that travel along Federal Road’s grade crossing with a duration lasting between ten to thirty minutes each. Longer waits at the rail road crossing are a safety hazard for the community. First responders such as, firefighters, police officers and EMS, are unable to reach their destinations quickly in emergency situations.”
Federal Road is one of the primary roads in eastern Harris County, connecting Galena Park, Jacinto City and communities north of Buffalo Bayou to Pasadena and the Greater Houston Region. The project is expected to improve mobility of passenger traffic, road freight, and rail freight, including mobility on a Hurricane Evacuation route, and also improve the safety of the traveling public and train operations.
“Once again Gene Green has delivered,” said Commissioner Morman. “His tireless efforts will also help free up county funds of over $5 million to rebuild Federal Road leading to the overpass which is a huge win for the East Side.”
Construction of the overpass is anticipated to begin fall 2017 and to be finished summer 2019. According to TxDOT, the project will cost an estimated $16.38 million.