I-45 and 646 intersection work, Calder Drive improvements: 5 Bay Area transportation updates to know for March

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1) Calder Drive improvements

This 5,600-foot stretch between Turner Street and Ervin Street has been converted to a two-way street with a shared center turn lane and curb and gutter. The road reopened to two-way traffic in February.

Timeline: April 2017-February 2019
Cost: $10.9 million
Funding source: city of League City ($6.9 million), Galveston County ($4 million)

2) Hwy. 146 widening

The Texas Department of Transportation on Feb. 13 broke ground on a five-year project to widen Hwy. 146 between Red Bluff Road in Seabrook and Hwy. 96 in Kemah. The road will be widened from four to six lanes, and four lanes of express lane bridges will be built for motorists who want to bypass traffic headed to local destinations. Several businesses have been displaced to make way for the project.

Timeline: February-early 2024
Cost: $201 million
Funding sources: federal government ($160.8 million), TxDOT ($40.2 million)

3) I-45 widening

The Texas Department of Transportation on March 1 began flipping the intersection of Interstate 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 six months of 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)

4) Dickinson Avenue reconstruction

About 2 miles of Dickinson Avenue from Walker Street to FM 646 will be reconstructed to better accommodate drainage. When complete, the road will be a two-lane concrete street with curb and gutter and underground storm sewers from Walker to League City Parkway and open ditches from League City Parkway to FM 646.

Timeline: January-late 2019
Cost: $7 million
Funding sources: Galveston County ($6 million), city of League City ($1 million)

5) North Landing Boulevard extension

About 1.7 miles of a four-lane, urban-divided boulevard will be constructed to extend Landing Boulevard north to I-45. Two bridges are included in this project, including a 2,800-foot bridge that will go over Clear Creek. It is expected the project will receive environmental clearance by May.

Timeline: 2020-2022
Cost: $49.5 million
Funding sources: federal government ($31.3 million), city of League City ($18.2 million)

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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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