According to a press release sent out by the PEDC, the plan focuses on improving mobility in Pearland while reducing its effects on business owners. According to the release, one of the suggestions of the plan is to reduce the Texas Department of Transportation’s right of way needs for the project, which is a concern some business owners and citizens have had.
The PEDC and the city are proposing a right of way of 140 feet to TxDOT’s proposed 150 feet. Another suggestion from the PEDC and the city is that TxDOT utilize underground drainage, as opposed ditches on the sides of the road.
The plan addresses some feedback from residents at public forums, including the suggestion that the other east-to-west corridors through Pearland be improved so as to alleviate some congestion on Broadway. According to the plan, this is an option that is still being considered.
According to the release, the Broadway corridor contributes nearly $911 million in sales to the city’s economy and carries 50,000 vehicles a day east of Hwy. 288.