Texas Heritage Parkway, community development projects: 4 things to know from Tuesday’s Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meeting

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The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved agreements with companies and neighboring cities for the construction of Texas Heritage Parkway and for community development projects at its meeting Tuesday.

Commissioners also approved plans to establish a groundwater plant and a request for a new paramedic station. Here are four actions taken at the meeting:

1. Texas Heritage Parkway

Commissioners approved agreements with several development companies and the cities of Fulshear and Katy to construct Texas Heritage Parkway, a major north-south thoroughfare project.

The developers, property owners, Fort Bend County and the cities of Fulshear and Katy will share the construction project costs, including construction, design, engineering and right of way acquisitions, County Judge Robert Hebert said.

“It’s all prorated-based on where that road is,” he said. “It will give us another route from [FM] 1093 all the way up to Interstate 10.”

The county’s share is estimated to be about $13.3 million, which will be funded by bond proceeds and certificates of obligation, Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers. The project’s total cost is an estimated $48.8 million.

The project is in the beginning stages of design, County Engineer Richard Stolleis said. No date has been set for construction to begin.

2. Community development projects

The county also authorized agreements with the cities of Richmond and Kendleton for sanitary sewer improvements and water line improvements, respectively.

Both projects are part of Fort Bend County’s fiscal year 2017-18 Consolidated Annual Action Plan and will be funded by the Community Development Block Grant.

The $289,604 project in Richmond involves reconstructing about 3,000 linear feet of sewer line along Concord, Trenton and Yorktown streets, as well as manhole repairs and service connections, according to meeting documents.

The $319,904 project in Kendleton involves installing about 1,730 linear feet of PVC pipe water line along Braxton Road to enhance water pressure and flow, according to meeting documents. It also includes the installation of new water valves, fittings and service connections through the city.

3. Water plant site

The court gave approval to Fort Bend County Freshwater Supply District 1 for plans to build a groundwater plant on 2.255 acres of land near FM 521 and Renfro-Burford Road in Fresno.

Commissioners also granted the district an adjacent easement, allowing for the construction, operation and maintenance of a sanitary sewer line.

4. Paramedic station

Commissioners approved plans to design and build a new paramedic station for Emergency Medical Services Squad 2 in the city of Orchard.

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism and joined Community Impact as a reporter in July. She covers education, local government, business developments, and other issues for Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Fort Bend County.
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