The Pearland Chamber of Commerce on May 31 sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation after their April presentation for changes to Phase 2 of the FM 518, or Broadway Street, project.

The chamber requested for TxDOT to conduct a new traffic study on phase 2 the proposed widening project from Cullen Parkway to McLean Road and also to personally meet with potentially displaced property owners.

TxDOT from April 26 to -May 13 collected public input on a proposed change to the Broadway Street widening project from Cullen Parkway to McLean Road in Pearland that included acquiring less right- of- way for the expansion; constructing three 11-foot-wide lanes on each side of the thoroughfare; and creating sidewalks on the north and south sides of the thoroughfare.

Despite reducing the amount of right-of-way needed for the expansion, TxDOT said the project could potentially displace five more businesses because of the addition of the pedestrian path that was originally planned to be a shared lane with cars.

“We will review the provided request [by the chamber] and make a determination on how to best move forward,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Danny Perez said.

The chamber wants a new study to see if there is still need for the project once the McHard Road extension from Mykawa Road to Cullen Parkway is completed in the fall, chamber President Jim Johnson said.

Phase 1 of the Broadway Street project from Hwy. 288 to Cullen Parkway is aiming to begin construction in 2025, Perez previously told Community Impact Newspaper. The cost for Phase 1 is $88 million. There is not a set timeline for Phase 2 because it has not yet been funded.

“TxDOT has been coordinating closely and regularly with city of Pearland staff and Pearland Economic Development Corporation staff throughout the design of the project, including the latest changes to the design,” Perez said.

Ongoing projects

Repaving thoroughfares

Pearland and Brazoria County are repaving portions of O’Day Road; Veterans Drive from Walnut Street to Mary’s Creek; and Old Alvin Road from McHard Road to Hickory Slough. Officials elected to remove two sections of O’Day Road out of the project, Pearland Assistant Director of Public Works Eric Hammond said. The project costs are split by Brazoria County covering the work and Pearland paying for the materials, officials said.

Timeline: July-end of August

Cost: $528,847

Funding sources: Brazoria County, Pearland