Harris County may spend millions of dollars for the expansion of Hughes Road in Pearland as part of an interlocal agreement Pearland City Council approved Jan. 9.

The backstory

The city’s decision to enter the cost-sharing agreement with Harris County is the latest development in the city of Pearland’s efforts to fund the project, which began in the first quarter of 2023 when Pearland submitted an application to Harris County to request the county fund roughly half—$4.8 million—of the $10.3 million road expansion project.

Harris County's Partnership Project Program typically offers a 50-50 cost-sharing agreement for awarded projects, according to agenda documents.

The Hughes Road expansion project will widen the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane boulevard section from Pearland Parkway to the city’s eastern limits to increase mobility, according to agenda documents. It will also include the installation of sidewalks, street lighting, landscaping and irrigation.

Harris County will consider approving the agreement at its next Commissioners Court meeting Jan. 30.

Next steps

Pearland City Council will consider a contract for the project’s design portion on Feb. 26. The design phase is expected to last 18 months and will be followed by the project’s construction phase, which is expected to to last 24 months, according to agenda documents.