Grissom Road widening, I-45 work: 5 Bay Area transportation projects to know for July


1) I-45 widening

The contractor has completed the construction of the northbound overpass at FM 646, switched northbound I-45 traffic onto new paving, and has almost finished concrete pavement placement for FM 646. Crews are working to flip the intersection of FM 646 and I-45 so FM 646 passes under rather than over I-45. The intersection flip, which is expected to be complete by early fall, is one of many projects along the interstate as the Texas Department of Transportation 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)

2) Park Avenue reconstruction

The asphalt road and base have been removed. The project’s next phase includes pouring concrete along the road’s west side and its curbs and gutters. Traffic will remain one-way southbound during construction to allow residents easier access to businesses. The project’s full scope includes widening the roadway, reconstructing it from asphalt to concrete curb and gutter, and new underground electrical work and on-street parking. The project is the first of three to enhance the aesthetics of downtown.
Timeline: February-August
Cost: $1.05 million
Funding sources: Community Development Block Grant Program ($591,000), city of League City ($459,000)

3) Dickinson Avenue reconstruction

Crews have installed most of the road between Hwy. 96 and FM 646. Traffic is permitted to drive on one lane of the new pavement. There have been delays on the north side of the project due to necessary utility relocations. When complete, about 2.5 miles of Dickinson Avenue will be reconstructed to a two-lane concrete street with curb and gutter to better accommodate drainage.
Timeline: January 2019-late 2019
Cost: $7 million
Funding sources: Galveston County ($6 million), city of League City ($1 million)


4) Grissom Road widening

About 5,600 feet of Grissom Road between Abigail Lane and West NASA Parkway will be reconstructed from a two-lane, rural, open-ditch roadway into a four-lane, divided, urban roadway. The project is in design.
Timeline: summer 2020-fall 2021
Cost: $12.2 million
Funding source: city of League City

5) Turner Street and Butler Road improvements

Turner Street will be rebuilt from the new roundabout on Calder Drive to where it intersects with Butler Road to the west. Butler will be reconstructed from that intersection north to where it intersects with League City Parkway. The roads will be widened to three lanes.
Timeline: Construction starts fall 2019
Cost: $4.41 million
Funding source: city of League City

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including 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 the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.