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Morman talks on Infrastructure

FM2100 and Partnerships

CROSBY – For those of us that have experienced delays going to work, Jack Morman is working on alleviating that situation.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman addressed the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 15 concerning projects being done and those that are proposed as works in concert with other governmental agencies.

“We have great partnerships with the ISDs as well as the State,” he said, “It is easy to see us working together and we can accomplish so much more than if we are all on our own doing our own things.”

“So we have to work very closely with (Texas Rep. Wayne Smith) and the state to make sure that after the design, we actually have the funding to move forward with construction. If we make our improvements and they don’t make their improvements, we’ll still have a bottleneck, it’ll just be a bottleneck in a different place.”

In fact Morman called Wayne Smith “one of the most powerful men in the House when it comes to infrastructure projects. He is an engineer and understands the process.”

“The bigger project for this area is FM 2100,” Morman indicates the roadway project amounts to “over a billion dollars.”

The infrastructure widening of FM 2100 south of U.S. 90 to F.M. 1942 is entirely within the states hands but Morman indicates it is a project pending a contract with the State. And that TXDoT is finalizing designs to make that portion fit with Precinct 2’s design to widen FM 2100 through Barrett Station.

“FM 2100 is unique because part of it belongs to (Precinct 2) and part of it belongs to (Texas Department of Transportation). We’ve already started that process and we’re making good progress on it.” the Commissioner said.

The first question answered by Commissioner Morman was that he and most of the other Commissioners on Harris County Court were in favor of spending the balance of the $29 million dollars awarded to the county from the lawsuit concerning the Waste Pits near Interstate 10 “on environmental concerns in the area.”

While that may relieve some concerns, that award in total hardly comes close to an amount needed to clean up the waste pits. Certainly it will take partnershiping to make some of northeast Harris County a safe place to live.