Work to replace traffic signals at several intersections along Main Street in League City began in the last week of April, and officials expect it to take about six months for work to wrap up.

What you need to know

As part of a mill and overlay project that took place along Main Street, or FM 518, last year, workers will rebuild traffic signals at six intersections along the stretch of road, said David Tickell, League City Public Works manager, in a May 2 video.

Tickell said the six intersections that will see work are:
  • FM 518 at Texas Avenue
  • FM 518 at South Iowa Avenue
  • FM 518 at Park Avenue
  • FM 518 at Interurban Street
  • FM 518 at Calder Drive
  • FM 518 at Wesley Street
As a result of the work, there will be alternating lane closures for the next few months, said Sarah Osborne, director of communications and community engagement, in a May 8 email.

Both phases of the project are being funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation, Osborne said.

Some of the signals are what officials call spam wire, meaning they are strung up by wires. These new intersections will be mast arm signals with black poles, Tickell said. The upgrades will make them more resilient to storms and help with maintenance.

“We’re pretty excited about these [upgrades] because it’s going to update the old, outdated [traffic signals],” Tickell said in the video. “We’re very grateful for TxDOT working with the city of League City to put these much-needed improvements in place.”

The background

The project is part of a mill and overlay along Main Street that was completed about a year ago, Osborne said.

A mill and overlay involves removing the top layer of a street through the grinding of a large milling machine, Osborne said. Once that layer is removed, a new layer of pavement is laid down.

The work to replace the traffic signals is considered Phase 2 of the project, Osborne said.