St. Christopher Avenue reconstruction, I-45 widening: 5 Bay Area transportation updates to know for February


1) St. Christopher Avenue reconstruction

This project that replaced the existing asphalt roadway with a concrete curb and gutter roadway and included drainage improvements so stormwater more easily flows off street and into Robinson Bayou is substantially complete. The previous open ditches were replaced with underground culverts that will move stormwater across FM 270 at Abilene Street. The project runs from FM 518 to Abilene.
Timeline: March 2018-January
Cost: $2.6 million
Funding source: city of League City

2)  I-45 widening

The Texas Department of Transportation beginning in March will flip the intersection of I-45 and FM 646. FM 646 runs over I-45, but by the end of the year, I-45 will pass over FM 646. Motorists traveling along FM 646 at I-45 will have to detour to FM 517 or Hwy. 96 during construction. The intersection flip is one of many projects along the interstate as TxDOT widens it from six to eight lanes all the way to Galveston.
Timeline: November 2016-2021
Cost: $222 million
Funding sources: TxDOT ($142 million), federal government ($80 million)

3) Park Avenue reconstruction

This project will refurbish Park Avenue in conjunction with the city’s downtown revitalization initiative. The work includes replacing the existing asphalt roadway with a concrete curb and gutter roadway. The project also will result in drainage improvements and improved and additional sidewalks.
Timeline: March-July
Cost: $1.16 million
Funding sources: city of League City

4) El Dorado Boulevard reconstruction

This 1.7-mile stretch of road from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou will be expanded from a two-lane to a four-lane street with a median in between. A 10-foot-wide bike trail will be built on the road’s west side.
Timeline: fall 2019-fall 2020
Cost: $7 million
Funding sources: city of Houston ($3.9 million), Harris County ($3.1 million)

5) Red Bluff Road bridge replacement

The bridge at Red Bluff Road and Big Island Slough will be reconstructed as part of TxDOT’s program to ensure all bridges meet safety standards.
Timeline: construction begins early 2020
Cost: $3.4 million
Funding sources: TxDOT ($3.1 million), Harris County ($300,000)

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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