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. 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 Bay/Fennigan Lane. Overall, the status of the program is as follows:
4 Currently under construction
5 Currently under design
Grissom Road Reconstruction
Grissom Road – east of Bay Area Blvd. and just north of Clear Creek – started construction in April 2022. The two-lane rural open ditch roadway is being reconstructed to become a four-lane divided urban roadway, with accompanying drainage improvements between Abigail Ln. and W. Nasa Blvd.
Official opening of Grissom Road took place on July 17th. The substantial completion walk-through was performed on August 8th, after utility tie ins were completed. Punch list of items to be corrected, were documented, and will be distributed to the contractor to make corrections as noted. Overall site restoration and cleanup is still ongoing. Close-out phase of the project has started 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 contractor is performing restoration activities in preparation for the substantial completion inspection.
SH3 & SH96 Intersection Improvements (matching funds for partnerships)
The intersection of League City Parkway and State Highway 3 requires additional turn lanes to improve the traffic flow during peak traffic hours. This project will provide additional left and right turn lanes throughout the entire intersection.
The construction contract was awarded in September 2022 and the contractor mobilized March 21, 2023. Foundations for the new signals were installed ahead of equipment delivery. The change order has been processed to increase the new pavement cross section from 8" to 9" to match existing pavement. The City is still awaiting a conflict resolution from Centerpoint regarding the 4” gas line that intersects a storm sewer inlet on the northeast corner of the intersection. Westbound to southbound turn lanes have been installed excluding the curb, signal installation is expected to begin in July 2023. Pending resolution of utility conflicts the work 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 issuance of the permit is pending so the project can begin. Traffic control will be a concern, so it is planned to use social media, as well as signage, to keep the traveling public informed. Staff will notify residents a week in advance of any traffic changes. Project is anticipated to only take 30 days.
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 have been submitted and are under review, expected to be submitted to TxDOT for approval in August. 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 and bidding is scheduled for quarter 1 of 2024. Construction will follow and is expected to begin in quarter 2 of 2024 through quarter 3 of 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. The City’s Clear Creek crossing permit application is in the final stages of review with the US Army Corps of Engineers and is anticipated to be granted by the start of construction. 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 HGAC 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.
Winfield Road has been proposed as a new connector from the I-45 frontage road to Hobbs Road which will provide traffic relief to the FM 518 and Hobbs Road Intersection. This project is in the very early stages of development. The Public Meeting originally scheduled for August 9th was cancelled. Project Staff will present the project to City Council for review during a workshop to be held in September to discuss project logistics and overall costs of the road. More information will be forthcoming from our Community Engagement specialist.
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. Construction has not been scheduled yet.
To learn more about projects that impact your neighborhood, explore our interactive project map at https://www.leaguecitytx.gov/2989/Interactive-Project-Map.