This update highlights progress on the Proposition B Streets, Roadways and Mobility Improvements from the 2019 GO Bond. In May 2019 voters approved general obligation bonds allocating $72 million for 10 traffic and mobility projects. Projects include Lane & Intersection Improvements, New Traffic Signals, Road Extensions and Reconstructions, as well as new access from I-45 and the Grand Parkway Addition. Many of these projects are City funded, but some are being done in conjunction with other local entities such as TxDOT, TIRZ 2 and City of Webster. Some of the projects have been broken into smaller, phased projects to improve efficiency of design and construction.
There are currently a total of 14 individual projects. In November 2021, the city held a public meeting to discuss the Walker Street Extension (Texas Ave to FM 270). As a result of the discussion the project was cancelled and removed from the CIP. At the September 26, 2023 Council meeting a resolution removing the New I-45 Frontage Road to Hobbs Road (Winfield Road) project from the May 2019 GO Bond project list and the FY2024-2028 CIP was passed along with a resolution to name a new roadway Winfield Parkway that connects Landing Blvd and Maple Leaf Drive.
Four projects have been completed which include Calder Road South Reconstruction, League City Parkway Lane Improvements at Hobbs Road, the League City Parkway Traffic Signal at Brittany Lakes Dr/Fennigan Lane, the Traffic Systems Improvements for League City Parkway at Landing Blvd, Magnolia Lane, and W. Bay Area Blvd and Calder Rd Right Turn Lane at FM 517. Overall, the status of the program is as follows:
3 Currently under construction (2 - 2019 Bond, 1 TIRZ Funded)
4 Currently under design
Grissom Road Reconstruction
Grissom Road – east of Bay Area Blvd. and just north of Clear was a two-lane rural open ditch roadway that was reconstructed to become a four-lane divided urban roadway, with accompanying drainage improvements between Abigail Ln. and W. Nasa Blvd.
The contractor has completed minor adjustments to the turn radii for both Massengale Lane and Shady Lane intersections. Site restoration and cleanup within the project limits is still ongoing. Frontier Communications is relocating a segment of fiber line along the southern right-of-way of Grissom Road and will be complete within the next couple of weeks. Close-out phase of the project is continuing, which includes completing the punch list and providing the contractual documentation for record keeping.
Ongoing relocation of Frontier underground fiber:
Traffic Systems Improvements for League City Parkway at Landing Blvd, Magnolia Lane, and W. Bay Area Blvd
The purpose of signalizing the all-way stop controlled intersections along League City Pkwy is to reduce traffic delays and prepare for future growth of traffic in the area. For this project, dedicated right-turn lanes were also added on some of the approaches. Improvements to the driveway for Gilmore Elementary were made to improve the overall efficiency of traffic at the intersection.
All traffic signals are now operational. Magnolia Meadow Ln was activated on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Landing Blvd was activated on Thursday, July 27, 2023, and Bay Area Blvd was activated on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. All punchlist items from the final completion inspection walkthrough held in November have been completed. Final acceptance has been granted, and project is in process of final close out.
SH3 & SH96 Intersection Improvements (matching funds for partnerships)
The intersection of League City Parkway and State Highway 3 requires additional turn lanes to improve the traffic flow during peak traffic hours. This project will provide additional left and right turn lanes throughout the entire intersection.
Foundations are complete. Westbound to southbound turn lanes have been installed excluding the curb. Signal installation is complete, but they have not been powered on. Staff is currently working to resolve a utility conflict at the North-East corner of the intersection between a pipeline and a small portion of storm sewer. The utility has submitted permits to TXDOT for the relocation construction. Pending resolution of utility conflicts by the end of February 2024, the remainder of the construction activities should be complete by summer 2024.
Calder Rd Right Turn Lane at FM 517
Calder Road has been widened to provide two southbound lanes on the approach to the FM 517 intersection. This provides a southbound Calder to westbound on FM 517 right-turn-lane. Start of the project was delayed since the construction contract award in January 2023 due to TxDOT permitting issues. All permitting issues were resolved in late October and construction began November 6th with a 30-day construction duration. Substantial completion was achieved December 14th. All punchlist items are complete and final closeout paperwork is in progress.
Walker St Corridor Upgrades
Phase III upgrades proposed for the Walker Street corridor are meant to improve the traffic operations in the Victory Lakes (TIRZ 2) area between FM 646 and Kessler’s Crossing. Improvements include:
- New traffic signal at the Kessler's Crossing intersection, Victory Lakes Dr intersection and the Lowes driveway on Walker St
- Expand the southbound approach of Walker St at FM 646 to 5-lanes
- Modify the signal at FM 646 as appropriate to accommodate lane expansions.
To make the improvements, several trees located inside the medians along Walker Street will need to be relocated. League City is working with the Victory Lakes HOA to determine other areas of the neighborhood to relocate the trees to. The contractor mobilized to start construction at the end of January and the project is expected to take approximately nine months to complete. For more information, see the video below.
There are several projects in varying stages of design.
The League City Parkway at Walker Street Intersection Improvements includes the extension of the existing left turn lanes along League City Parkway onto Walker Street, installation of new dedicated right turn lanes, correction of the grade changes through the intersection, and associated signal modifications. Final design plans are under review with the City as well as TxDOT. Timing of the work will be decided once TxDOT approvals are received, the traffic control for this project will be significant so staff will aim to coordinate with other work in the area to ensure alternate routes are reasonable.
Hwy 3 & FM 518 intersection improvements, which adds additional left and right turn lanes throughout the intersection as well as sidewalks, is entering the final stages of design. Acquisition has begun and is expected to take 6-8 months. Construction is funded in 2024.
The North Landing Blvd. Extension project is a proposed new four-lane roadway that will extend both Landing Blvd. and NASA 1 to intersect at a roundabout. The final engineering phase of the project is nearing completion,
and the final plan submittal has been made to TXDOT for final review. City staff
continues to work on land acquisition and utility relocation agreements. Due to escalating cost of materials and labor, the city received additional Federal funding for construction from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Staff has also received permission to apply for acceptance into the HGAC Regional Strategic Transportation Fund which could federally fund the project 100% using transportation development credits. The City would be responsible for depositing 10% of the project cost into the fund as a requirement of participation in the program. The City received the Clear Creek crossing permit from the Army Corps of Engineers on October 31st.
Segment B of Grand Parkway is an environmentally approved (not yet constructed) 28-mile, four-lane, controlled access toll road with intermittent frontage roads from I-45 South (the Gulf Freeway) in League City toward SH 35 in Alvin and on to SH 288 (the South Freeway) near Rosharon through Galveston and Brazoria counties. TxDOT posted a virtual public meeting on their website starting Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, which can be viewed by visiting https://www.txdot.gov/projects/hearings-meetings/houston/sh99-sh35-101023.html. The virtual public meeting consists of a pre-recorded video presentation and includes both audio and visual components.
TxDOT held in person “Open House” style meetings with the general public on 10/12/23 at the Alvin High School Cafeteria and on 10/17/23 at the Lobit Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria. TxDOT accepted public comments until November 1, 2023. https://www.txdot.gov/content/txdotreimagine/us/en/home/projects/projects-studies/houston/sh99-grand-parkway/overview/segment-b.html
To learn more about projects that impact your neighborhood, explore our interactive project map at https://www.leaguecitytx.gov/2989/Interactive-Project-Map.