Construction delays on highway 290 until new contractor is selected

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HOUSTON, TX - If you're on a highway to hell and it happens to be US 290, then what a bummer!  You're gonna get stuck in traffic.  Construction here and there as a widening project is in progress, but motorists are not happy with how slowly things are moving.

"If I can avoid 290, I will try to avoid it as much as I can," said Nyran Mitchell, who uses the highway to go to work.

"Yes, it's kind of a hassle", added Houston resident Richard Koskey.  "Especially when you wanna get out on the feeders over here."

But that's not all because it looks like work has been suspended for an important segment of the freeway from Pinemont to West Little York, because a contractor was dismissed back in May.

"This is one segment out of 13 segments we have under construction," explained Karen Othon, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Public Information Officer.  "The contractor was Tradeco.  TxDOT defaulted them for not meeting the terms of the construction contract."

The Texas Department of Transportation, in charge of this $1.1 billion project, expects the process to resume in October, with a new contractor.

"We're estimating another three months before we have another contractor on board to resume work on the project", said Othon.

Around 250,000 vehicles use highway 290 on a daily basis.  Most of the lanes will be open by the end of 2017, officials say, provided no more delays affect the project.  In the meantime, Houston drivers, be patient.  Is that too much to ask?

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