After 18 years, Jones Road project moves forward
It was 1992 when city of Jersey Village officials started talking about extending Jones Road across U.S. 290. Now 18 years later, the project is on the verge of construction.
On Monday night, the five-member Jersey Village City Council voted in favor of putting the project out to bid. This, in my eyes, is a long time coming!
Harris County Precinct 4 is paying for most of the estimated $5 million project. The city is managing the project.
The new four-lane concrete road - divided by a median - will start at the existing Jones Road-U.S. 290 intersection and run south across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and a 55-acre undeveloped tract of land to a point on FM 529 midway between Wright Road and Charles Road.
Harris County will eventually extend the road to West Little York.
Jersey Village city leaders are pondering the idea of moving forward with a Jersey Village Transit-Oriented Development" plan that could map out where residential, commercial, public and recreational development could be located in a 300-acre area bisected by the future Jones Road extension.
Recently, planners at Kimley-Horn & Associates presented city officials and residents with two versions of that plan, which included a proposed commuter rail station at Jones Road/U.S. 290; commercial and office space; mixed-use three-to-five-story buildings (commercial on lower floors and residential on upper floors) in the area's core," which abuts Jones Road; brownstones, condominiums, and townhomes; parks; and a public building that could one day be a Jersey Village City Hall. Go to http://www.jerseyvillage.info/TOD/Jersey%20Village%20Transit%20Oriented%20Development.html for more information.
What do you think about pre-planning the new Jones Road landscape?
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