Office of Dave Martin, COH Councillor District E

Our office would like to share details relating to a Forest Cove specific project and ask that you share this information with residents of your community. On Friday, May 20 a City of Houston contractor (American Road Maintenance) will begin to conduct on-site cleaning of the roadways in the Forest Cove subdivision as well as Hamblen Road in preparation of an asphalt sealer project. The contractor is expected to be on-site street sealing beginning on Monday, May 23 and finish this project by Tuesday, May 31, weather permitting. The east and west streets will be completed first followed by the north and south streets.

Door hangers will be placed on doors 72 hours before the sealing operations begin on each street. The sealing will be completed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have a special event like a garage sale, reception/party, appointment, etc. during the days that the sealing will occur please contact Phil Martinez at 630-514-2889 to see if other arrangements can be made.

It is important to be mindful that when you see cones on the street one side of the street is still wet. DO NOT DRIVE ACROSS WET emulsion treatment into your driveway as you will track wet product onto your driveway. Wait until cones are picked up before you enter your driveway. Should you get the emulsion product on your vehicle WD-40 will remove the emulsion. However, if product gets stuck on your vehicle please contact the contractor at 630-514-2889 and they will make arrangements to clean off the product.

Best regards,

Jessica  D. Beemer, MPA

North Sector Manager

Office of Council Member Dave Martin

District E

832.393.3008-office

832.393.3279-fax

Major Area Road Projects.

Several major road projects are either under way or in the late planning stages in our area. They involve Northpark Dr., Kingwood Dr., Hamblen Rd., FM 1960, Woodland Hills Rd. and W. Lake Houston Pkwy.

As you are aware the Kingwood area is experiencing tremendous growth, both population wise, business wise and of course traffic wise. Funds from City of Houston, Harris County, State of Texas and the Federal Government have been allocated to road expansion in our area. As residents it is important to stay informed and to participate in public discussions as this will impact your surroundings and property values.

Of direct importance to residents of Forest Cove are the connecting of Hamblem Rd. to the Houston Green Belt and Bike Plan. This calls for bike lanes along Hamblen Rd. all the way to Woodland Hills. The bike trails would connect to the Bevil Jarrel bridge and onto the larger greenbelt. Not discussed was the potential impact on crime in our area. The project is a joint project between COH, Harris County and TxDOT. Get informed at www.houstonbikeplan.org or the office of Jack Cagle Commissioner Pct 4. cadir@hcp4.net

A public meeting for the widening and reconstruction of FM 1960 between 59 and Atascocita / Lake Houston was held Timberwood Middle School on Feb. 23rd. The plan calls for widening FM 1960 to a six lane highway and a flyover bridge for the W. Lake Houston / FM1960 intersection. The project is budgeted at $98 million with 80% of the funding coming from the Federal government. As such, there are mandates such as bike lanes along FM1960 and intensive landscaping. Additionally is it estimated that almost 100 acres of private land will need to be acquired as Right Of Way. The website is: http://www.txdat.gov/onside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings.html.

Public comments are still open and will be accepted until March 9, 2016. Please give your input at: hou-piowebmail@txdot.gov

We urge all Forest Cove residents to stay informed and let their voices be heard on these important matters. Get in touch with your city officials and agencies. (see right sidebar for contacts)