Mykawa Road project clears hurdles, expected to begin in summer 2024

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Commuters in Pearland have a couple of more years before they begin seeing construction on the Mykawa Road widening project, but the design and planning phases are nearing completion.

Pearland aims for construction on the $52 million project to begin in June 2024, said Skipper Jones, Pearland assistant director of capital projects, in an email. The project has been environmentally cleared and is inching its way toward final design, he said.

“There was a design phase delay due to Harris County Flood Control District’s proposed widening [and] realignment of Clear Creek project,” Jones said in the email. “However, HCFCD has delayed their construction start for several years, allowing the Mykawa Road project to progress as designed.”

The Mykawa Road project will widen about 3 miles from Beltway 8 to Broadway Street from two lanes to four. Additionally, the project includes upgrades for storm sewers, detention, traffic signals, and the addition of bridges over Hickory Slough and Clear Creek, Jones said.

The project will also add a 10-foot-wide path that will support both pedestrians and bicycles along the stretch of road.

“The project is scheduled to begin [its] bid phase in April 2024 and start construction in June 2024,” Jones said. “Construction management and administration duties will be completed by [the Texas Department of Transportation].”

The $52 million cost is split between $34.35 million in federal funds and $17.73 million in city funds.

Once construction begins, commuters in the area can expect delays as projects such as the Mykawa Road widening are usually done by constructing one side of the road at a time, Jones said.

Once completed, the project will not only make traveling down Mykawa Road more convenient, but it will also provide residents with an additional public safety route, Jones said.

“The improvements will better accommodate the truck traffic and improve safety throughout the corridor for the combined industrial traffic and commuter traffic,” Jones said. “Once [complete], Mykawa Road will also serve ... as an evacuation route during times of evacuation.”
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market, from Katy to the Bay area, before transitioning to the Pearland and Friendswood market in August 2021. He covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to arriving at Community Impact, Andy was the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and covered the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis. Andy has appeared in the Houston Chronicle via an internship in 2020, and freelance work. He can be heard on the Pawd Slama Jama podcast still covering UH athletics.