El Dorado Boulevard reconstruction, Calder Drive improvements: 5 transportation projects to know in the Bay Area for August 2018

1. St. Christopher Avenue reconstruction

This project will replace the existing asphalt roadway with a concrete curb and gutter roadway and includes drainage improvements so stormwater more easily flows into Robinson Bayou. The current open ditches will be replaced with underground culverts that will move stormwater across FM 270 at Abilene Street. The project runs from FM 518 to Abilene Street.

Timeline: March-December
Cost: $2.6 million
Funding source: City of League City

2. Calder Drive improvements

This stretch between Turner Street and Ervin Avenue is being converted from a rural, open-ditch roadway to a street with curb and gutter. Once complete, Calder Drive will include two travel lanes and one center turn lane.

Timeline: April 2017-January 2019
Cost: $10.9 million
Funding sources: City of League City ($6.9 million), Galveston County ($4 million)

3. El Dorado Boulevard reconstruction

The road from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou will be expanded from a two-lane to a four-lane street with a median.

Timeline: construction starts spring 2019
Cost: $7 million
Funding sources: city of Houston ($3.9 million), Harris County ($3.1 million)

4.Red Bluff Road widening

Red Bluff Road between Hwy. 146 and Kirby Boulevard will be widened, and a second bridge will be built over Taylor Lake to create an alternative evacuation route for emergencies.

Timeline: construction starts spring 2019
Cost: $15.3 million
Funding sources: TxDOT ($12.2 million) and Harris County ($3.1 million)

5. Red Bluff Road bridge replacement

The bridge at Red Bluff Road and Big Island Slough will be reconstructed as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s program to ensure all bridges meet safety standards.

Timeline: construction starts early 2020
Cost: $3.4 million
Funding sources: TxDOT ($3.1 million), Harris County ($300,000)
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.



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