Hughes Ranch Road Project Delayed by Unexpected Utility Lines
Construction on the Hughes Ranch Road (Cullen Parkway to Smith Ranch Road) improvement project will undergo a temporary delay, for eight to twelve weeks depending on weather, following the discovery of utility interference. The road widening and safety improvement project has been designed and awarded construction over the last several years and is funded to the City primarily from State and Federal funds.
The City of Pearland received a request from its construction contractor, Triple B Services, LLP to suspend the project after discovering communication utility lines interfering with the installation of drainage pipes on the western limit of the project area. The drainage pipes are considered a critical component where the project construction needs to start in earnest, necessary to convey water runoff away from home and infrastructure during construction. Discovery of the buried utility lines prevents the installation of the drainage pipes. Further investigations determined that several additional utility conflicts in the area would continue to impede the installation of the drainage pipes.
The City sends notifications to private utility companies prior to construction work, informing and requiring those companies to remove and/or relocate any utilities in the affected areas. In fact, the City received the standard `all clear’ from the various utilities for the project. Although notifying the City that affected areas were resolved, the utility companies only resolved some of the utility conflicts before construction on the Hughes Ranch Road project began. Staff met with representatives of the utility companies and they are currently taking measures to remove and/or relocate the utility lines.
Work will resume once the utility conflicts have been addressed, weather permitting. Click here for more detailed project updates on Hughes Ranch Road expansion.