While the Coronavirus and its related social distancing measures may have slowed things down across the City, it has not curbed the pace of several capital improvement projects related to mobility, parks and trails, and wastewater.
In March, the City completed the Claremont Connector Trail Project ahead of schedule. This project created an 8-foot-wide, 1.5-mile long multi-use concrete trail connecting three subdivisions on the westside of the City. It also made drainage improvements along the Floyd Road corridor and along the Centerpoint easement. The idea for this project was originally brought to the League City Parks Department by a group of individuals from the Claremont, Cedar Landing, and Clear Creek Meadows subdivisions. The group wanted to connect all three neighborhoods to the existing trail system in order to better link the neighborhoods to each other, as well as to nearby parks and schools. This trail will also provide an alternate route for students who walk and bike to Creekside Intermediate and Clear Springs High School.
Crews are currently performing work on the Magnolia Creek Trail to improve flooding issues caused by low-lying areas. Dirt is being hauled in daily and much of the area has been raised over two feet. Pipe has also been set in many areas to allow water to flow under the sidewalk and drain as needed. Work is expected to continue for another four weeks, weather permitting.
In April, the City completed the first stage of the Ervin-Hobbs Connector project. This project will install a four-lane divided roadway between Calder Road and Hobbs Road. On April 15, two of the four lanes were opened for two-way traffic connecting Hobbs Road to Calder Road. The completion of the two lanes were expedited by the City to allow an alternate route in and out of the southern portion of the Sedona subdivision during construction on the Turner-Butler Reconstruction project. The remainder of the Ervin-Hobbs Connector project is on schedule to be completed in July 2020.
Also, in April, the Coastal Point lift station located at 5020 ½ Madrid Lane on the east side of League City went online. As League City grows so does its infrastructure, and the completion of the Coastal Point Lift Station makes it the 75th wastewater lift station in the City’s sewage collection system.
Work is now underway on the Turner-Butler Reconstruction Project which will convert Turner Street (between Calder and Butler) and a section of Butler Road (up to League City Parkway) into a concrete roadway with two travel lanes and a continuous left turn lane. The project will also add a roundabout at the Turner/Butler intersection. Currently, the Turner/Butler intersection is completely closed to through traffic and is expected to remain closed for the next several weeks. As part of the construction work, only local traffic on Turner between Calder and Butler will be permitted.
As part of the City’s Infrastructure Reinvestment project, nearly 18,000 linear feet of roadway is being repaired and resurfaced across the City. Currently crews are working along North Michigan Avenue and will then move on to Iowa, Illinois, Lewis, and Beaumont Street.
Over at League Park, work is ongoing to give the League City landmark a makeover with new pavers, lighting, and a larger lawn area for events and concerts. The project also includes a new storm sewer line that will improve drainage in the historic area. Construction will be completed in late 2020 and the park will reopen in time for Holiday in the Park.