Pearland - Friendswood Edition | January 2020

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The Broadway Street widening could bring the road from four lanes to six lanes, causing the road to potentially take space from the front of businesses in the city.

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Clayton Funeral Homes could lose up to 20 feet, causing the business to lose a row of parking spaces. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Future Broadway Street widening sparks discussion Local service businesses worry about lost space from construction, expansion

BY HALEY MORRISON

Council, Buchanan said. The road will be widened from Hwy. 288 to Cullen Boulevard starting in 2024. As it is the main east-west corridor in Pearland, it can see a lot of congestion, especially during peak rush hour, he said. “I think there is a recognition by everyone that it is the busiest road we have in Pearland and in Brazoria County,” Buchanan said. While many residents and business owners can agree the road needs to be improved, some worry widening the road could take space away from the businesses that line Broadway Street,

of which there are over 600. “We would like for TxDOT and the city to re-examine the effects it’s going to have on businesses and make a better business approach, especially for the older part of town,” said Carol Artz-Bucek, Pearland Chamber of Commerce president. Taking space Discussions about right of way, or the real estate TxDOT would need on both sides of the road, have started with TxDOT needing up to 30 feet

After years of planning, the Texas Department of Transportation has started the process of widening FM 518, or Broadway Street. Nearly 55,000 cars travel on the road each day, said Matt Buchanan, president of the Pearland Economic Development Corp. While FM 518 begins in Fort Bend County and runs through Pearland, Friendswood and League City, the portion of the road beginning at Hwy. 288 and ending at Hwy. 35 is the highest-ranked regional priority for Houston-Galveston Area

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