Friendswood has a number of capital improvement projects underway, including improvements to facilities, streets and its water system. Friendswood’s Director of Engineering Jil Arias presented an update on the city’s projects to City Council on Feb. 6.


Reconstruction of Fire Station No. 2 is estimated to finish in May. The facility is 68% complete. The expansion of the Public Safety Building will wrap up in April, with construction 94% complete.

Renovation of the Blackhawk Facility at 15355 Blackhawk Blvd. began Jan. 17. City officials hope to award the contract for the shelter component in June and kick off construction in July.

“This has been a long time coming,” Arias said.


The design process for the Blackhawk Boulevard Phase II-B project is nearly finished, and city officials hope to award a contract in May. Potential funding for Blackhawk Boulevard Phase II-C is available through Harris County Precinct C’s partnership program, which city staff are evaluating the possibility of receiving.

Friendswood city officials have also submitted an application to the Texas General Land office for a grant to upgrade infrastructure in the Annalea Subdivision, which was deemed eligible to receive Hurricane Harvey relief funding. Work would include replacing undersized, aging water lines and the storm sewer as well as reconstructing the concrete streets.

Work on Bay Area Boulevard has no end in sight, as the wet weather has continued to delay efforts.

“[The contractors] want to get done as badly as anybody else, but they’re at the mercy of rain right now,” Arias said.


Friendswood awarded an engineering contract for the Clear Creek Water Line Crossing addition in January. A preliminary engineering report is underway for the American Rescue Plan Act-funded $6.9 million project. An engineering contract for the replacement of a water tank at Surface Water Plant No. 1 was also awarded in January.