Transportation Update: plan your September commute around these road construction projects in Friendswood, Pearland

Project Updates


1. The Texas Department of Transportation began reconstructing and widening I-45 between NASA Parkway and FM 518 earlier this year. The freeway will be widened from six to 10 lanes with three frontage road lanes on either side of the freeway.

Timeline: May 2017-December 2021


 

2. TxDOT broke ground on FM 521 improvements this month to reconstruct and widen the two-lane thoroughfare to a four-lane divided boulevard between Beltway 8 and Shadow Creek Ranch Parkway. A grade separation will elevate Shadow Creek Ranch Parkway over FM 521 at the Missouri-Pacific railroad crossings.


Timeline: September 2017-September 2019



Completed projects


3. I-45 widening
TxDOT reconstructed the mainlanes on I-45 between Beltway 8 and Bay Area Boulevard from six to 10 lanes and three frontage road lanes on either side.


Timeline: June 2011–summer 2017
Cost: $184 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds


4. Bay Area Boulevard reconstruction
Harris County reconstructed a portion of West Bay Area Boulevard. Improvements include a new sidewalks and storm sewers. No new lanes were added.


Timeline: January-August
Cost: $2.8 million
Funding source: Harris County



Future Projects


5. Old Alvin Road widening
The city of Pearland delayed the widening of Old Alvin Road to November. The project will widen the road to a four-lane undivided curb-and-gutter thoroughfare with improved drainage and sidewalks.


Timeline: November 2017-November 2018
Cost: $8.7 million
Funding source: city of Pearland



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