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MaxConcrete:
The good news: finally after a long delay, the first actual construction for the Hardy Toll Road downtown extension will begin soon.
The bad news: this project is just one overpass, and there are two more crossings to be built in phase 1 before construction of the actual main lanes will start.

http://www.harriscountytx.gov/agenda/2016/2016-04-12ag.pdf
"Recommendation for authorization to seek bids for a four-week period for
construction of the Collingsworth grade separation from Elysian Street to Jensen
Drive as part of the Hardy Toll Road downtown connector project in Precincts 1
and 2 (UPIN 9905050403)."

https://www.hctra.org/about_construction/hardy-downtown-connector?CSRT=14421991457330431833

I've been nervous all these years that the project has been on hold, since you never know when the political climate can change or opposition may arise to try kill the project. This project passes through the inner loop, the most difficult area of Houston to build or expand freeways.

Sept 2020 update: The political climate changed in 2019 to a Democrat-controlled Harris County Commissioners Court, and the Hardy Toll Road extension appears to be dead. However there has not been an official announcement yet, because it appears that a formal study and recommendation is needed first.

jbnv:
Is there a map of this extension?

MaxConcrete:

--- Quote from: jbnv on April 14, 2016, 01:26:56 PM ---Is there a map of this extension?

--- End quote ---
The extension is between Loop 610 and downtown Houston
https://www.hctra.org/file_download/162/HCTRA_Major_Projects.pdf?CSRT=10944710811144110743

MaxConcrete:
The winning bid was $17.5 million by Harper Brothers LLC. I've never heard of Harper Brothers, so they're new to Houston or don't normally do larger highway projects.

Recommendation for authorization to award a contract to Harper Brothers
Construction, LLC, lowest and best bid in the amount of $17,480,467 for
construction of the Collingsworth grade separation from Elysian Street to Jensen
Drive as part of the Hardy Toll Road downtown connector project in Precinct 1, and
that the County Judge and appropriate officials execute the contract and bonds
when they are fully executed by the contractor (UPIN 0405050403).

https://www.harriscountytx.gov/agenda/2016/2016-06-14ag.pdf

MaxConcrete:
The second contract for the downtown extension has been awarded, $21.6 million for the Lorraine Street underpass.


--- Quote ---Texas Sterling Construction Co., in the amount of $21,618,080 for construction of the Lorraine Street underpass, including a pump station, utility relocations, and associated drainage features in connection  with  the Hardy Toll Road downtown connector project in Precincts 1 and 2.
--- End quote ---

http://www.harriscountytx.gov/agenda/2018/2018-01-09ag.pdf

Work is proceeding on the first contract, which is the Collingsworth overpass. The photo below was taken December 24.



http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20171224-0027-1600.jpg

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