Here are three transportation projects to keep an eye on:
Blackhawk Boulevard reconstruction
The city of Friendswood is 97% finished with construction on the northbound side of Blackhawk Boulevard. Some inspection dates for the project have been pushed back by COVID-19 concerns. Staff projects the construction will be completed in May. The project consists of improvements from Friendswood Link Road to Edenvale Street, including the replacement of over 6,000 feet of concrete paving, replacement of curbs and gutters, and evaluations of existing utilities.
Timeline: June 2018-2020
Cost: $4.58 million
Funding sources: 2013 city of Friendswood bond
Friendswood Lakes Boulevard construction
The city of Friendswood and Galveston County are 100% finished with the design phase of the Friendswood Lakes Boulevard construction project. Designs are undergoing final review by the city and county, and the project is still awaiting regulatory approval from the Army Corp of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency. 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.
Cost: $5.5 million
Funding sources: city of Friendswood, developers, Galveston County
Friendswood street maintenance
The city is doing concrete repairs on Greenbriar Drive between Briar Creek and Wilderness Trail as part of the city’s larger street repairs plan. This project is funded by the street maintenance sales tax approved by voters in the May 2016 election. The street repairs and maintenance sales tax has generated over $3 million of revenue over the last two fiscal years and is up for reapproval in the November 2020 election.
Cost: $3 million
Funding sources: city of Friendswood