The Rayford Road widening and overpass project continues to make progress and remains on schedule for completion by summer 2019.
Overnight Wednesday, crews completed the final concrete pour on the overpass at the railroad tracks. Westbound lanes of the overpass are scheduled to open by September.
Wild Rose Intersection and Realignment
Starting Friday, June 8, the dedicated center left-turn lane on Rayford Road at the intersection with Wild Rose will be changed to an eastbound inside lane as concrete barriers are extended farther west on the south side of Rayford Road to just west of Wild Rose, with the outside eastbound lane closed. There no longer will be a dedicated left-turn lane into Faith United Methodist Church from westbound Rayford Road. The south turn onto Wild Rose, along with the intersection and traffic light will shift slightly to the west of its existing location. The intersection realignment should be in place by the end of August.
Rayford Road widening (from Wild Rose to West Hawthorne Drive)
Starting Friday, June 8, the outside eastbound lane of Rayford Road from west of Wild Rose to the Drainage District 6 bridge (west of Aldine Westfield) will be closed for storm sewer installation followed by road widening. Once the eastbound roadwork is completed, the concrete barriers will be shifted to the north side of Rayford Road, closing the outside westbound lane, for road widening along the same stretch.
This part of the project is expected to take three to four months.
Imperial Oaks-Rayford Road intersection
The inside left-turn lane from Imperial Oaks Boulevard onto westbound Rayford Road has been closed due to the concrete barrier blocking the outside westbound lane on Rayford. There is not enough room to allow two left-turn lanes from Imperial Oaks onto the two existing westbound Rayford lanes while construction there continues. The temporary left-turn lane closure is for the safety of motorists and crews. The inside left-turn lane will reopen when the road-widening project shifts from the south side of Rayford to the north side.
Rayford Road project
The Rayford Road project, approved by voters in the November 2015 bond election, will expand the road to six lanes from Richards Road to the Grand Parkway – enhancing safety and mobility for the community and motorists. The Rayford Road improvements include:
- Widening Rayford Road from four to six lanes
- Building a six-lane bridge to bypass the Union Pacific Railroad
- Installing new traffic signals and street signage
- Improving and synchronizing traffic lights
- Installing additional traffic lights to assist residents in and out of neighborhoods
- Building a raised median to enhance safety of left-turning motorists
- Improving drainage
For more information about the Rayford Road project, visit http://www.precinct3.org/rayford-road/.