Plans for the McHard Road Extension progress
Plans for the McHard Road Extension Project continue to make progress. The final Environmental Assessment was submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in late April and the final Drainage Report was approved in March. Additionally, 90 percent of the Plans, Specifications & Estimate are due to TxDOT by the end of May.
The $43.5 million project includes the construction of approximately 3.5 miles of four lane divided concrete curb and gutter roadway with signalized intersections. It also includes sidewalks, drainage, detention pond design, signage and pavement markings. The roadway will extend from the intersection of Mykawa and McHard Road west to tie into the existing roadway just east of Cullen Blvd. The extension is part of the City’s Thoroughfare Plan to reduce traffic on FM 518/Broadway by providing an alternate east/west route between SH 288 and SH 35.
This project was submitted for federal/state funding to the Houston Galveston Area Council’s Call for Projects in 2013, as part of the Transportation Improvement Program. As such, the project will include 80 percent federal funds reimbursed through TxDOT with a 20 percent local match.
The project is expected to go out for bid in January 2019.
This project is in line with City Council’s Strategic Priorities of Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainable Infrastructure.