Toll lane completion among projects on tap in Brazoria County
77彩票网appA slew of capital projects will continue into 2020 in northern Brazoria County, including finishing touches to the toll lanes along Texas 288 and work on two planned new fire stations in Pearland.
Anticipating Texas 288 toll lanes
The county will work to on Texas 288 that will form the Brazoria County Expressway. Though the lion’s share of the $80 million project is completed, including five miles of toll lanes built into the median of the Brazoria County part of the congested highway, some supporting projects will wrap up in 2020..
Meanwhile, connecting toll lanes in Harris County are expected to be finished in the spring or summer by the Texas Department of Transportation. The entire project in both counties will cost $1.1 billion.
77彩票网appOne project on the Brazoria County side is the reconstruction of main lane bridges on Texas 288 that run over the intersection with FM 518 in Pearland.
This portion also includes the widening of FM 518 from three lanes to four from Business Center Drive to Smith Ranch Road, and the addition of turning lanes on access ramps leading to and from the main lanes of Texas 288 to FM 518.
77彩票网appTrower said this construction is aimed at alleviating existing traffic flow at the Texas 288/ FM 518 intersection and in anticipation of additional drivers who will be using the toll system.
77彩票网appThis portion of the construction, which is expected to wrap up in the first quarter, is approximately $15 million and funded through the Texas Department of Transportation.
Also underway this year is $2 million worth of highway and area aesthetic enhancements in the construction zones within Pearland. Trower said improvements such as landscaping with plants and trees, lighting and painting will be implemented.
Pearland’s economic development corporation is picking up the tab, Trower said.
The city of Pearland also is working on its own projects to ease traffic flow.
77彩票网appA project to expand McHard Road began in 2019, with construction expected to start in 2020.
The $50 million improvement project consists of a 3.5-mile, four-lane extension of McHard from Cullen Parkway to Mykawa Road.
The aim of the work is to relieve traffic congestion on FM 518 by means of creating an alternate east/west route between Texas 35 and Texas 288.
New fire houses coming
In Pearland, Fire Station No. 4 is undergoing an $8.79 million rebuild. The facility, 8333 Freedom Drive near Cullen Boulevard, is nearly 18 years old and not suited to the needs of a full-time emergency management services and firefighting staff.
77彩票网appOnce the reconstruction is complete, the station will accommodate a four-person engine crew, a two-person ambulance crew, one shift commander and one fire/EMS captain in its 12,000 square feet, which will include 10 dorm rooms, three offices, a kitchen and eating area and a lounge room.
Design work is underway, with construction expected to begin later in 2020. Additionally, the city will put the former Fire Station No. 4 to good use once the new building is complete. It will be repurposed as a physical training facility for the police station, with room to accommodate 30 people.
The city is also building an additional fire station — No. 8 — on the west side of town on Shadow Creek Parkway near the corner of Reflection Bay Drive.
The construction phase of the $13.1 million project started in May and will continue into 2020. This building will have room for a four-person engine crew, a four-person ladder crew and a two-person ambulance crew as well as living, bathing, shower, storage and office space in addition to an exercise room.
More courthouse parking space planned
County officials will prioritize improvement projects approved as part of the 2019/2020 fiscal year budget, including a plan to pave two city blocks to provide additional parking space next to the courthouse in Angleton, familiar to northern county residents who trek there for jury duty and other business. The budget calls for $3.5 million worth of improvements, including aesthetic details.
“It’s not just going to be bare concrete, there’s going to be greenery, too,” County Judge Matt Sebesta said.
77彩票网appThe work will begin early in 2020, county spokeswoman Sharon Trower said.
77彩票网app“The architect firm and construction company will be in place in January and at that time the sequencing of projects will be determined, to include the new parking lots,” she said.