TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES El Doradowidening set for completion by spring of 2022 The El Dorado Boulevard widening project between Clear Lake City
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CHANGE OF PLANS The cost of widening El Dorado Boulevard increased after public feedback spurred design changes. $6.6M $9M Original expected cost Current projected cost
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Boulevard and Horsepen Bayou has changed course after sta with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s oce took community feedback into consideration, they said. The project, which is being funded equally by the county and the city of Houston, is now expected to cost about $9 million. The initial cost of $6.6 million assumed the presence of a median swale, or ditch, for storm- water detention. Residents overwhelmingly opposed the design due to environ- mental concerns, Garcia said: About 80% were against the swale, per a 2020 survey from Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin’s oce. “Most of us recognized that there would be a cost change to the project, but we obviously recognized the benets. ... When 80% of your public is giving you feedback, that’s signif- icant,” Garcia said. “Thanks to our process of public engagement and taking the public feedback seriously, it allowed us to come to a better conclusion on this project.” Through the community engage- ment and design processes, ocials learned there was concern over trac ow in regard to the area’s population growth. Trac at the bridge over Horsepen Bayou was particularly an issue, Garcia said. The bridge will be widened as part of the project, ensur- ing trac safety as a result, he said. “The community was indicating
Calder Road widening Calder Road is being widened from Cross Colony Drive to Ervin Street with two travel lanes and a continuous shared center lane for turning left. Pavement and sidewalk were poured in June, but weather has delayed the project’s completion. Timeline: fall 2019-September 2021 Cost: $8.95 million Funding source: city of League City
36% Cost increase
SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 2 COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
The new lanes of El Dorado Boulevard are closed as construction is underway.
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The road should be open by spring.
that this was a choke point for the increased trac that had been grow- ing over the years,” Garcia said. Due to the addition of in-ground detention, the widening project has been split into two phases. Phase 1, which began in May 2020 and is about 70% complete, includes expanding the additional lanes, median and bridge over Horsepen Bayou. Phase 2 will begin when Phase 1 is completed this fall with substan- tial completion expected by April 2022, Garcia said. Phase 2 includes hike and bike trail work and in-ground detention. The trails will be extended to Horsepen
Over 20 years of Dedication. Integrity. Passion. Service. Consistency. Whether you are buying or selling, we look forward to assisting you with every step of the process. Bayou, and 5 miles of trails works will be completed in conjuncture with the El Dorado widening, Garcia said. This feeds into Precinct 2’s goal to create a broader network of hike and bike trails, he added. Delays have not been signicant, and crews intend to complete the project on time barring any extreme weather, Precinct 2 ocials said. When complete, El Dorado will have four 12-foot lanes, two in each direction. Modifying the project to create a traditional sewer system will protect native trees as well as provide necessary underground detention and drainage, Garcia said.
Phase 2 Turner and Butler reconstruction
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF AUG. 18. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT BAYNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Turner to Sedona Drive. Timeline: July 2022-TBD Cost: $5.36 million Funding source: city of League City Contractors this summer nished wid- ening Turner Street from Calder Road to Butler Road and Butler from Turner to League City Parkway, but workers next year will reconstruct Turner from Butler to Hobbs Road and Butler from
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