Park Avenue reconstruction, El Dorado widening: 4 Bay Area transportation projects to know in November

COMPLETED PROJECTS


1) Park Avenue reconstruction

Park Avenue reopened to two-way traffic in early October after reconstruction was completed. The contractor finished by installing new bricks in the sidewalk area, installing ornamental light poles and preparing areas along the curb for new landscaping, such as trees and benches. Existing overhead power poles will soon be disconnected and removed as power is now underground. The project’s full scope included widening the roadway and reconstructing it from asphalt to concrete curb and gutter. The project is the first of three to enhance the aesthetics of downtown.

Timeline: February-October

Cost: $1.05 million

Funding sources: Community Development Block Grant Program ($591,000), League City ($459,000)

ONGOING PROJECTS


2) El Dorado Boulevard widening


Crews throughout the summer removed and replanted about 10% of the more than 1,000 trees along El Dorado Boulevard from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou. Workers in September began moving power lines to make room for the road-widening project, which is expected to begin in February. 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)

UPCOMING PROJECTS


3) North Landing Boulevard extension

About 1.7 miles of a four-lane, urban-divided boulevard will be constructed to connect Landing Boulevard to South Gulf Freeway. Two bridges are included in this project, including one that will go over Clear Creek. Officials expect the project will give motorists greater north-south connectivity. League City voters approved the project as part of a $72 million bond proposition that includes nine other transportation projects to help alleviate traffic congestion.

Timeline: 2020-22

Cost: $49.5 million

Funding sources: federal government ($31.3 million), city of League City ($18.2 million)

4) Calder Road improvements

This project will include the design and construction of improvements along Calder Road from Ervin Drive 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 turning lane, new sidewalks on the west side of Calder Road, and increased drainage capacity. Crews are relocating utilities before road work begins. A two-year project to improve Calder Drive 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
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee 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.

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