TxDOT plans Landing Boulevard extension in League City, Webster

By 2022, League City and Webster motorists traveling north and south could see some traffic congestion relief.

The Texas Department of Transportation on Dec. 13 held a public meeting to show details of a planned extension of Landing Boulevard in League City and Webster.

The existing Landing Boulevard runs from FM 518 south to undeveloped land. The project TxDOT is proposing would extend the road 1.7 miles to the north from FM 518 over Clear Creek to a roundabout that would connect to an extended NASA Bypass from the east, according to TxDOT documents.

League City residents are particularly interested in the project because its construction might mean the end of plans to extend Palomino Lane to the west of Landing Boulevard.

For years neighbors near Palomino have fought the city’s plans to extend Palomino to the north over Clear Creek, saying the project would cause flooding issues, increase traffic near a school, decrease property values and more. League City City Council members have said Landing Boulevard’s extension could remove the need to extend Palomino Lane.

A few residents who spoke during the public hearing said the project wouldn't alleviate traffic but make it worse as motorists use the extension to enter FM 518. Residents also expressed concerns the construction would disrupt surrounding wildlife and wetlands.

The proposed extended Landing Boulevard roadway would include four 12-foot-wide travel lanes—two in both directions—separated by a 4- to 16-foot-wide median. The project includes building a 2,800-foot-long bridge over Clear Creek, according to the documents.

TxDOT is accepting public comments on the project through Jan. 4. Residents can email [email protected] or visit the project website to comment.

The $49 million project is slated to begin in 2020 and take two years to complete. Next year TxDOT will use public comments to finalize the design and begin acquiring 25 acres of right of way, possibly displacing one commercial business in the process, TxDOT officials said.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake 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. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.