Transportation updates: What to know about Brays Bayou, Spruce and Fifth, Bolivar and Maple

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Correction: The start date of construction on Buffalo Speedway over Brays Bayou has been updated to winter 2019, and the cost of Brays Bayou widening has been changed to clarify the difference between the cost of bridge construction and the cost of the project as a whole.

Three transportation projects to follow in the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area:

Brays Bayou widening

The Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in the process of widening approximately 21 miles of Brays Bayou for the purposes of improving water detention and mitigating flood damage to the surrounding areas. Lane closures or full bridge closures of the 32 roads crossing the bayou are included in the project, as the bridges must be replaced or modified to accommodate the bayou’s widening. The intersections on either side of the bridges must also be reworked to accommodate the lengthening and raising of the bridges. So far, the reconstruction or modification of 16 bridges remains to be completed. The construction on the Buffalo Speedway bridge is scheduled to start winter 2019 and end winter 2021. The construction work on the Stella Link Road bridge is scheduled to start fall 2019 and end fall 2020. Construction on the Greenbriar Drive bridge is scheduled to start this summer and end summer 2020. The construction work on South Rice Avenue is scheduled to start this winter and end winter 2020. Work on Chimney Rock Road is scheduled to begin in winter 2020 and end winter 2021. Timelines are subject to change.

Timeline: spring 2020-winter 2021
Cost: $40 million for bridges listed, $550 million for total project
Funding sources: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, HCFCD

Spruce and Fifth reconstruction

Bellaire City Council approved a construction contract Feb. 18 with AStatus Construction for the reconstruction of the 5100-5200 blocks of Spruce Street and the 700 block of Fifth Street as a part of its $20 million Bonds for Better Bellaire 2016 program. The project will add public parking, replace existing road surfaces, improve drainage, construct sidewalks and add beautification features around the H-E-B grocery store on Bissonnet Street.

Timeline: April 2019-February 2020
Cost: $2.5 million
Funding source: city of Bellaire bond funds

Bolivar and Maple reconstruction

The 500 block of Bolivar Street and the 4500 block of Maple Street in Bellaire will be reconstructed, repaved, have drainage replacements to accommodate floodwaters and have new sidewalks as part of the $20 million Bonds for Better Bellaire 2016 program.
Timeline: April-December
Cost: $2 million
Funding source: city of Bellaire bond funds

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