Dickinson Avenue reconstruction, Calder Road improvements: 4 Bay Area transportation projects to know in December

ONGOING PROJECTS


1) Hwy. 146 widening

The Texas Department of Transportation is widening Hwy. 146 from four to six lanes between Red Bluff Road in Seabrook and Hwy. 96 in Kemah. Four lanes of express lane bridges will be built for motorists who want to bypass local traffic. The project is in Phase 1, which goes until September 2020 and includes widening the existing northbound lanes, adding a bike lane and building a new northbound frontage road in Seabrook. Traffic on the Hwy. 146 bridge has been shifted west with two lanes in each direction separated by barriers. From Dec. 9 to Jan. 18, the south boating channel beneath the bridge will be closed to allow contractors to work. Various streets in and around Seabrook and Kemah will be closed periodically during the project.

Timeline: February 2019-early 2024

Cost: $201 million

Funding sources: federal government ($160.8 million), TxDOT ($40.2 million)


2) Dickinson Avenue reconstruction

There have been delays on the north side of the project due to necessary utility relocations, pushing the project completion date from December into early 2020, but the south side of the project is nearly completed. Contractors are installing the underground storm sewer system that drains into the drainage channel on Beaumont Street. 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-early 2020

Cost: $7 million

Funding sources: Galveston County ($6 million), city of League City ($1 million)

3) Calder Road improvements

This project, which went out for bid Oct. 21, includes 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 turn 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

UPCOMING PROJECTS


4) West Walker Street improvements

This road between League City Parkway and FM 646 will be enhanced with modifications to improve traffic flow. Turn lanes will be added to enter subdivisions, traffic signals will be installed, and the road’s intersections at League City Parkway and FM 646 will be improved. The city will add a dedicated right turn lane for north- and southbound Walker Street, add an extra through lane on Walker Street in both directions and extend the left-turn lanes along League City Parkway by 250 feet.

Timeline: fall 2019-late 2020

Cost: $6.17 million

Funding sources: 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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