Bay Area Edition | April 2022

ABIGAIL LN. TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES GrissomRoad to bewidened within a year This month, workers will begin widening GrissomRoad in northwest League City.









Today, GrissomRoad fromAbigail Lane to West NASA Road is two lanes wide. By the time work is complete in a year, it will be a four-lane divided concrete roadway complete with sidewalks, street drainage improve- ments and a new 12-inch water line stretching 5,000 feet from the city’s north booster station to West NASA Road, said Sarah Greer Osborne, director of communications and media relations, in an email to Community Impact Newspaper . The project, including the water line, totals $8.53 million, which is more than $1 million less than origi- nally budgeted for the project. League City City Council on Feb. 22 approved a contract to begin work in April and lauded how it came in under budget. “I want to appreciate [by] telling


ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF APRIL 5. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT BAYNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Butler from Turner to Cross Spring Lane and Phase 2 being the rest of Butler. City ocials have moved the anticipated project start date from fall 2022 to this summer. Timeline: July 2022-TBD Cost: $7.31 million Funding source: League City Turner Street and Butler Road Phase 2 reconstruction About 1,800 feet of Turner Street from Hobbs to Butler roads and about 4,300 feet of Butler from Turner to about 400 feet south of Sedona Drive will be reconstructed with concrete curb and gutters. The project may be phased with Phase 1 being Turner and

Grissom Road will be widened from two to four lanes by April 2023. COURTESY CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

[City Manager John Baumgartner] and [his] sta: Good job coming in … $1 million under budget on this partic- ular project,” Council Member Larry Millican said at the Feb. 22 meeting. Coming in so much under budget and having the project scheduled to take only 360 days will allow the city to advance quicker on other projects, Millican said. “We’ve got a great contractor on this one,” Baumgartner said. Project Manager Scott Tuma said in an email the project is cheaper than expected because the city got lucky in its timing, nding contractors wanting

work right when the project was bid. Tuma said the contractor plans to build the westbound lanes rst and then transition trac while construct- ing the eastbound lanes. “Motorists will need to be cogni- zant of construction crews, but very minimal inconvenience is expected,” he said. In the end, residents will benet, Tuma said. “Motorists will benet with two travel lanes each direction, a smoother transition fromWest NASA to Grissom Road, and safer travel from the overall straightening of the roadway,” he said.

Counties allege Texas Central delinquent on property taxes in Supreme Court amicus brief

A group of counties in the path of the planned Houston-Dallas high-speed rail have led an amicus brief March 30 in the Texas Supreme Court case Miles v. Texas Central, accusing the company Texas Central of not paying property taxes for 2021. The case centers on a 236-mile high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas being planned by the company Texas Central. Filed by landowner JimMiles in 2016, the lawsuit argues Texas Central

does not qualify as a railroad company under state law and therefore cannot use eminent domain to acquire land needed to construct the line. Harris County and Dallas County were included in the alleged tax delinquency, but neither county was party to the amicus brief. Harris County Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia led a separate amicus brief Jan. 10 expressing support for the project.

The taxes owed come to a total of $622,975 with Harris County making up $216,359 of the money. According to the Harris County Appraisal Dis- trict’s parcel viewer, 47 county parcels are owned by “Texas Central Railroad and Infrastructure,” “Texas Central Railroad” or “Texas Central.” All of the parcels were acquired prior to 2021. Texas Central did not respond to a request for comment from Community Impact Newspaper .

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