Blackhawk Boulevard, Magnolia Parkway and other Pearland, Friendswood transportation updates




Current projects


1. Blackhawk Boulevard improvements delayed
Construction on Phase 2 of the Blackhawk Boulevard project scheduled for June 4 was pushed back to June 25 due to weather delays, pushing the completion date from July 2019 to fall 2019. This project includes improvements on Blackhawk Boulevard from Friendswood Link Road to Edenvale Street, as well as a sidewalk addition.

Timeline: June 2018-fall 2019
Cost: $4.58 million
Funding sources: city of Friendswood





Future Projects


2. Smith Ranch Road expansion
Smith Ranch Road will expand from a two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane concrete curb and gutter divided roadway, extending from the existing four-lane pavement north of Broadway Street to Hughes Ranch Road. The project, currently in the design phase, will include raised medians, storm sewers, sidewalks, landscaping and fiber-optic cable connecting the city’s network on FM 518 to the Westside Event Center. The city is coordinating with the construction from the Hwy. 288 ramp to Hughes Ranch Road to the intersection between Hughes Ranch and Smith Ranch roads.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $5 million
Funding sources: city of Pearland, federal funding, TxDOT






3. Bailey Road widening
This project includes widening Bailey Road to a four-lane, divided concrete boulevard. The roadway would have four concrete-paved lanes, curb-and-gutter drainage and an 18-foot raised median with left-turn bays. A 10-foot-wide sidewalk with pedestrian ramps and a ditch are also part of the proposal.

Timeline: November 2018-TBD
Cost: $17 million
Funding sources: city of Pearland, federal funding





In the news


4. Renaming Magnolia Parkway
Pearland City Council gave final approval July 23 to change the names of County Road 59, Southfork Drive and Magnolia Street to one name—Magnolia Parkway. City staff notified the 135 residents who will be directly affected by this change on June 29. The city has also communicated with 911 emergency officials, the U.S. Postal Service, Brazoria County and the city of Manvel regarding this change.

Timeline: end of August/early September




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