League City City Council approves Grissom Road reconstruction design work

The League City City Council on March 12 approved a contract to design the reconstruction of Grissom Road, a project that is part of an upcoming $72 million bond election.

As part of the $990,000 agreement, contractor Cobb, Fendley & Associates will design a project to widen 5,600 feet of Grissom between Abigail Lane and West NASA Road from a two-lane, asphalt, open-ditch roadway to a four-lane divided concrete roadway. The design will include a sidewalk, drainage improvements and 5,000 feet of a 12-inch water line along the length of the project, according to city documents.

The project is one of many mobility enhancements proposed in a proposed $72 million bond going before voters May 4. If approved, $11.2 million would go toward the project. Cobb, Fendley & Associates estimated construction would cost about $9.14 million, according to the documents.

The widening of Grissom is a project that would have connected to a possible extension of Palomino Lane north over Clear Creek. Neighbors balked at the idea of extending Palomino, saying it would worsen flooding and be too expensive. In response, City Council pulled it from the proposed bond, but the project remains in the city’s master mobility plan.

In other business

Council on March 12 also approved spending about $72,000 to buy four new lawn mowers to replace the ones stolen from a maintenance building at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside on Feb. 28.

The thieves cut through the building’s garage door, disabled motion sensors, removed the four mowers and exited out the back gate onto Bay Area Boulevard, Director of Parks Chien Wei said.

Wei said the parks department has added motion sensors and is looking to add cameras and replace the gate leading to the building with a heavier, more secure one. The department is using loaner mowers until the new ones arrive.
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.