At a recent Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership event, county leaders discussed the progress of ongoing transportation and community development projects.

What happened

On May 23, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia and Brazoria County Commissioner Stacy Adams spoke at BayTran’s 2024 State of the Counties event.

Zooming in

Henry discussed ongoing and recently completed transportation projects in Galveston County, including Hwy. 146’s completion.

Community Impact previously reported Hwy. 146 opened in March after four years of work that expanded the corridor from six to 12 lanes.

Henry also provided updates for ongoing Texas Department of Transportation projects, such as widening I-45 to eight lanes between FM 517 and FM 1764, which is expected to to be completed by summer 2026, Henry said.

Nearly all facilities, road and drainage projects from the voter-approved 2017 Galveston County bond are nearly complete, Henry said.

What else?

Garcia provided updates on ongoing projects, such as the Fairmont Parkway trailhead path, which is nearing completion, Garcia said. Harris County Precinct 2 has also pledged $3.3 million to support the city of Friendswood’s efforts to improve Blackhawk Boulevard.

Garcia also spoke about Harris County Precinct 2’s Revive2Thrive program, which seeks to improve the community through infrastructure investments and economic opportunity.

“It is really [what] I came in for,” Garcia said. “Revitalizing neighborhoods ... to get them thriving again because just where I grew up, the conversation consistently was, ‘I can’t wait to get out of this neighborhood because of how ... underserved, underinvested some of those neighborhoods were.”