Land acquisition set to begin on McHard Road project
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has authorized the initiation of Right-Of-Way (ROW) acquisition for the McHard Road project. Acquisition is set to begin after the signed and sealed ROW maps are approved by TxDOT scheduled for mid-November.
The $43.6 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.
Proposed right of way maps were submitted for review by TxDOT in August. Upon approval, appraisers will then use the maps to make offers to the residents. Initial introductory notices have been sent out to respective residents within the area and site visits are being scheduled.
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 Pearland Parkway. Final Environmental Assessments were submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in late April and the final Drainage Report was approved in March.
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 and is in line with City Council’s Strategic Priorities of Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainable Infrastructure.
View the webpage for this project here.