TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Friendswood nears end of Blackhawk Boulevard project
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curbs and gutters, and improvements on the road’s drainage system. “In the early 2010s, as Blackhawk Boulevard neared the age of 50 and was showing its age, it was deter- mined that road reconstruction down to the subgrade, wider sidewalks, and substantial drainage improvements were going to be necessary,” City Manager Morad Kabiri said. The subgrade is the material, such as dirt, underneath a road or railway. Communications Specialist Je ff Newpher added the street is adjacent to several Friendswood neighbor- hoods. Work on Blackhawk Boule- vard began in 2018.
BY MORGAN SLUTZKY
Blackhawk Boulevard in Friend- swood is 99% complete on the northbound side of the road from Friendswood Link Road to Edenvale Street, with minor fi xes remaining. The project, originally funded through a 2013 bond, cost $4.58 million to execute and includes the replacement of thousands of feet of concrete paving, replacement of
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Friendswood street repairs The roads being worked on under the fi ve-year street repair plan for the city include Tanglewood Drive, Chester Drive, Rustic Lane, Meadow Lark Avenue, Clover Ridge Avenue and West fi eld Lane. This project is funded by the street maintenance sales tax approved by voters in the May 2016 election. The street repairs and maintenance sales tax has generated over $3 million of revenue over the last two fi scal years and is up for reapproval in the November election. Timeline: TBD Cost: $3 million Funding source: city of Friendswood
Pearland Parkway Tra ffi c Circle The Pearland Parkway Tra ffi c Circle project was originally going to bid in January but was delayed to late spring. The new tra ffi c circle will accommodate future growth and will be the safer choice due to the speed limit on that road, according to city sta ff . The tra ffi c circle will replace the roundabout on Pearland Parkway. Timeline: March 2020-March 2022 Cost: $3.27 million Funding source: city of Pearland 2019 bond
Hughes Ranch Road Expansion On May 26, Hughes Ranch Road was closed from Cullen Boulevard to North Hampton Drive to be used for construction vehicles and equipment as well as sewer line construction, according to a press release from the city of Pearland. It will be closed for at least a few months. The project will convert the road from a two- to a four-lane road with a median and curbs from Smith Ranch Road to Cullen Boulevard. Timeline: March 2019-21 Cost: $20.5 million Funding source: city of Pearland
McHard Road Extension McHard Road went to bid for con- struction in mid-March, with construc- tion expected to begin in late summer or early fall. The city is fi nalizing a per- mit from the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new road will be a four- lane, concrete curb and gutter, divided roadway with raised medians and underground drainage. Timeline: August 2020-summer 2022 Cost: $33.63 million Funding sources: city of Pearland, Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Improvement Program
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 29. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT PLFNEWS @ COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.
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