This update highlights progress on the Proposition B Streets, Roadways and Mobility Improvements from the 2019 GO Bond. In May 2019 voters approved general obligation bonds allocating $72 million for 10 traffic and mobility projects. Projects include Lane & Intersection Improvements, New Traffic Signals, Road Extensions and Reconstructions, as well as new access from I-45 and the Grand Parkway Addition. Many of these projects are City funded, but some are being done in conjunction with other local entities such as TxDOT, TIRZ 2 and City of Webster. Some of the projects have been broken into smaller, phased projects to improve efficiency of design and construction.
There are currently a total of 14 individual projects. In November 2021, the city held a public meeting to discuss the Walker Street Extension (Texas Ave to FM 270). As a result of the discussion the project was cancelled and removed from the CIP. At the September 26, 2023 Council meeting a resolution removing the New I-45 Frontage Road to Hobbs Road (Winfield Road) project from the May 2019 GO Bond project list and the FY2024-2028 CIP was passed along with a resolution to name a new roadway Winfield Parkway that connects Landing Blvd and Maple Leaf Drive.
Three projects have been completed which include Calder Road South Reconstruction, League City Parkway Lane Improvements at Hobbs Road and the League City Parkway Traffic Signal at Brittany Lakes Dr/Fennigan Lane. Overall, the status of the program is as follows:
4 Currently under construction
4 Currently under design
Grissom Road Reconstruction
Grissom Road – east of Bay Area Blvd. and just north of Clear was a two-lane rural open ditch roadway that was reconstructed to become a four-lane divided urban roadway, with accompanying drainage improvements between Abigail Ln. and W. Nasa Blvd.
In the upcoming weeks, minor construction activities will resume which will entail adjusting the turn radius for both Massengale Lane and Shady Lane intersections. Overall site restoration and cleanup is still ongoing. Close-out phase of the project is continuing, which includes completing the punch list and providing the contractual documentation for record keeping
Traffic Systems Improvements for League City Parkway at Landing Blvd, Magnolia Lane, and W. Bay Area Blvd
The purpose of signalizing the all-way stop controlled intersections along League City Pkwy is to reduce traffic delays and prepare for future growth of traffic in the area. Dedicated right-turn lanes will also be added on some of the approaches. Improvements to the driveway for Gilmore Elementary, were also included, which will improve the overall efficiency of traffic at the intersection.
All traffic signals are now operational. Magnolia Meadow Ln was activated on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Landing Blvd was activated on Thursday, July 27, 2023, and Bay Area Blvd was activated on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. The substantial completion inspection walkthrough was held on August 31st. The final completion inspection walkthrough was held Wednesday, November 8th. A few minor items require attention before the project can reach final acceptance and be closed out.
SH3 & SH96 Intersection Improvements (matching funds for partnerships)
This project is providing additional left and right turn lanes throughout the intersection of League City Parkway and State Highway 3 to improve traffic flow during peak traffic hours. Foundations are complete and staff is currently working to resolve a utility conflict at the northeast corner of the intersection between a pipeline and a small portion of storm sewer. Westbound to southbound turn lanes have been installed excluding the curb. Signal installation is complete, but they are not powered on yet. Pending resolution of utility conflicts, the project should be complete by the end of 2023.
Calder Rd Right Turn Lane at FM 517
Calder Road will be widened to provide two southbound lanes on the approach to the FM 517 intersection. This will provide a southbound Calder to westbound on FM 517 right-turn-lane. Bids were received in December and the construction contract was awarded at the January 10, 2023, Council meeting. A pre-construction meeting was held on March 8th. TxDOT LOSA agreement required for permit approval went before Council June 13th and has been executed by both the City and State. TxDOT permitting was recently received until late October. Social media and Bay Colony HOA were notified of traffic control changes in early November and the contractor mobilized the week of November 6th. Pending weather, the goal is to complete the project by Thanksgiving but construction extend into early December..
There are several projects in varying stages of design.
The League City Parkway at Walker Street Intersection Improvements includes the extension of the existing left turn lanes along League City Parkway onto Walker Street, installation of new dedicated right turn lanes, correction of the grade changes through the intersection, and associated signal modifications. Final design plans are under review with the City as well as TxDOT. Timing of the work will be decided once TxDOT approvals are received, the traffic control for this project will be significant so staff will aim to coordinate with other work in the area to ensure alternate routes are reasonable.
Hwy 3 & FM 518 intersection improvements, which adds additional left and right turn lanes throughout the intersection as well as sidewalks, is entering the final stages of design. Acquisition has begun and is expected to take 6-8 months. Construction is funded in 2024.
The North Landing Blvd. Extension project is a proposed new four-lane roadway that will extend both Landing Blvd. and NASA 1 to intersect at a roundabout. The final engineering phase of the project is nearing completion, and the final plan submittal has been made to TXDOT for final review. City staff continues to work on land acquisition and utility relocation agreements. Due to escalating cost of materials and labor, the city received additional Federal funding for construction from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Staff has also received permission to apply for acceptance into the H-GAC Regional Strategic Transportation Fund which could federally fund the project 100% using transportation development credits. The City would be responsible for depositing 10% of the project cost into the fund as a requirement of participation in the program. The City received the Clear Creek crossing permit from the Army Corps of Engineers on October 31st.
Segment B of Grand Parkway is an environmentally approved (not yet constructed) 28-mile, four-lane, controlled access toll road with intermittent frontage roads from I-45 South (the Gulf Freeway) in League City toward SH 35 in Alvin and on to SH 288 (the South Freeway) near Rosharon through Galveston and Brazoria counties. TxDOT posted a virtual public meeting on their website starting Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, which can be viewed by visiting https://www.txdot.gov/projects/hearings-meetings/houston/sh99-sh35-101023.html. The virtual public meeting consists of a pre-recorded video presentation and includes both audio and visual components.
TxDOT held in person “Open House” style meetings with the general public on 10/12/23 at the Alvin High School Cafeteria and on 10/17/23 at the Lobit Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria. TxDOT accepted public comments until November 1, 2023. https://www.txdot.gov/content/txdotreimagine/us/en/home/projects/projects-studies/houston/sh99-grand-parkway/overview/segment-b.html
To learn more about projects that impact your neighborhood, explore our interactive project map at https://www.leaguecitytx.gov/2989/Interactive-Project-Map.