McHard Road goes to bid for construction in March and three other road projects to know in Pearland and Friendswood

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Here is the latest on three of Pearland's biggest road projects, as well as Friendswood's progress on Friendswood Lakes Boulevard.

McHard Road extension

McHard Road will go to bid for construction in mid-March. Construction is expected to being in late summer or early fall of this year, though no set end date has been identified. The city is finalizing a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. The permit is required because the project is receiving federal funds and will be on land not previously dedicated to public right of way.

The new road will consist of a four-lane, concrete curb and gutter, divided roadway with raised medians and underground drainage.


Timeline: 2020-TBD

Cost: $33.63 million

Funding sources: city of Pearland, Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Improvement Program

Mykawa Road improvements

The design phase of the Mykawa Road improvements are around 30% complete. Construction is set to begin August 2021 and last until 2023. The team working on this project is finalizing the alignment, working on the drainage study and finishing the general survey that will lead to land acquisition surveys, according to Pearland Director of Engineering and Capital Projects Robert Upton.

The project will convert the two-lane road to a four-lane road and create a 10-foot-wide, shared-use path on the west side and a 6-foot-wide path on the east side.

Timeline: August 2021-2023

Cost: $40 million

Funding sources: city of Pearland, the Texas Department of Transportation, H-GAC

Smith Ranch Road improvements

The Smith Ranch Road project will widen the road from a two-lane asphalt road to a four-lane concrete road with curbs and raised medians. The project is waiting for approval from TxDOT to move into the land acquisition process. The construction for this project has been pushed back due to the land acquisition timeline and is now expected to begin in mid-2021.

This project's improvements will include an underground storm sewer system.

Timeline: 2021-2022

Cost: $4.75 million

Funding sources: city of Pearland, H-GAC, TxDOT

Friendswood Lakes Boulevard construction

The city of Friendswood and Galveston County are still at about the 95% mark regarding the design status for the Friendswood Lakes Boulevard construction project. This project will widen Friendswood Lakes Boulevard from two to four lanes before connecting to West Boulevard in League City. The scope of the project has been adjusted to include water and sewer utilities along the road as well as modifications to the area's drainage.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $5.5 million

Funding sources: city of Friendswood, developers, Galveston County
By Morgan Slutzky
Morgan is the reporter for the Pearland and Friendswood newspaper. She joined Community Impact in 2019 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in journalism. Her primary area of coverage is education, but she also writes about local events and businesses.


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