El Dorado widening, Ralph Gordy Avenue construction: 5 Bay Area transportation projects to know for September



1) Ralph Gordy Avenue construction

A 2,000-foot road is under construction to create a new access point for residents and visitors who want to access retail and entertainment businesses. The new road from FM 518 to Hwy. 146 will open up land for future commercial development and create an alternative route for traffic as Hwy. 146 is widened. If necessary, the project could be expanded to include a new road segment that would go south to Hwy. 96.
Timeline: February-November
Cost: $1.37 million
Funding sources: Galveston County ($800,000), city of Kemah ($570,000)

2) Hwy. 3 improvements

The Texas Department of Transportation began overlaying Hwy. 3 on Aug. 11 from Walker Street to Hwy. 96. The work includes repair of the road base, creation of longer north- and southbound left turn lanes, and updates to traffic signals, including a new vehicle detection system at the intersection of Hwy. 3 and Hwy. 96.
Timeline: August-October
Cost: $1.7 million
Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

3) El Dorado Boulevard widening

Crews throughout August removed and replanted about 10% of the more than 1,000 trees along El Dorado Boulevard from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou in anticipation of moving power lines to make room for widening the road from two to four lanes. Once complete, El Dorado will have a 17-foot median, 12-foot driving lanes and a 10-foot hike and bike trail.
Timeline: September 2019-March 2021
Cost: $4.6 million
Funding sources: Harris County ($3.1 million), city of Houston ($1.5 million)


4) Calder Road improvements

This project will include the design and construction of improvements along Calder Road from Ervin Avenue to Cross Colony Drive. Crews will modify the existing asphalt and open-ditch roadway into a concrete curb-and-gutter-style roadway. The project will result in widened lanes, an additional turn lane, new sidewalks and increased drainage capacity. Crews are relocating utilities before road work begins. A two-year project to improve Calder from Ervin Avenue to Turner Street was completed in February.
Timeline: fall 2019-fall 2020
Cost: $8.95 million
Funding source: city of League City

5) Walker Street improvements

Walker Street between FM 646 and Kesslers Crossing will be improved. The most significant change will be the addition of a traffic signal at the street’s intersection with the driveway of Lowe’s Home Improvement. The intersection of Walker and FM 646 will be reconfigured to allow for additional vehicles and improved traffic flow.
Timeline: construction starts early 2020
Cost: $6.45 million
Funding source: city of League City

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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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