Park Avenue reconstruction, El Dorado widening: 5 Bay Area transportation projects to know for August

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ONGOING PROJECTS

1) Park Avenue reconstruction

The contractor finished pouring the southbound lanes and creating on-street parking in late June. The contractor has also redirected traffic so vehicles drive on the new section of road while the northbound lanes are removed. When complete, the road will have 33 on-street parking spaces from FM 518 to Wilkins Street. The contractor will remove power lines last to minimize service disruption for customers. The project’s full scope includes widening the roadway and reconstructing it from asphalt to concrete curb and gutter.
Timeline: February-August
Cost: $1.05 million
Funding sources: Community Development Block Grant Program ($591,000), League City ($459,000)

2) Dickinson Avenue reconstruction

The contractor has begun driveway work on the project’s south end and has installed most of the roadway between Hwy. 96 and FM 646. Traffic has been permitted on one lane of the new pavement in anticipation of the driveway tie-ins. When complete, about 2.5 miles of Dickinson Avenue will be reconstructed to a two-lane street with curb and gutter to better accommodate drainage.
Timeline: January 2019-January 2020
Cost: $7 million
Funding sources: Galveston County ($6 million), city of League City ($1 million)

UPCOMING PROJECTS

3) Ervin connector construction

This new arterial roadway will connect Calder Drive to the new Hobbs Road extension to the south. The street will provide better accessibility for neighboring communities and future development. City staff has completed the project’s design and is now acquiring the right of way.
Timeline: fall 2019-fall 2020
Cost: $5.83 million
Funding source: city of League City

4) El Dorado widening

This 1.7-mile stretch of road from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou will expand from a two-lane to four-lane street with a median in between. A 10-foot-wide bike trail will be built on the road’s west side. The project will begin with the relocation of existing power poles.
Timeline: September 2019-March 2021
Cost: $4.6 million
Funding source: Harris County ($3.1 million), city of Houston ($1.5 million)

5) Red Bluff Road widening

About 1.5 miles of Red Bluff Road between Hwy. 146 and Kirby Boulevard will be widened from three lanes to five. The existing road will be converted to one-way westbound traffic, and two new one-way eastbound lanes will be constructed. A new bridge over Taylor Lake will also be built south of the existing one.
Timeline: construction starts fall 2019
Cost: $20 million
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation ($16.7 million), Harris County ($3.3 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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