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Traffic and Mobility Project Updates

Post Date:12/13/2019 1:38 pm

As a dynamic suburb adjacent to a major metropolitan area, Pearland has seen tremendous growth and changes in traffic mobility. Population is five times what it was two decades ago, crossing over 100,000 several years ago. As such, the city has overseen mobility projects such as road widenings, expansions, and intersection improvements to provide congestion relief, with more on the way. 

Over just the last three years, the City of Pearland has completed four major mobility projects. Four more projects are in the construction phase, while eight more projects are in the engineering design phase, with construction scheduled to begin in the next two years.  

These projects are made possible through partnerships with TxDOT, Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC), and Brazoria County Toll Road Authority (BCTRA), enabling the city to maximize funds that are obligated to these projects. 

Below is a recap of mobility projects and the current status: 

Completed Projects

  Projects in Construction
 Between 2017 and 2019, one intersection improvement project and three road widening projects were completed.  
  • Dual left turn lanes were added to southbound Pearland Parkway at the FM518 intersection

  • Old Alvin Road, Bailey Road, and Reid Boulevard received road widenings, converting each of the two-lane roadways into four lanes with curb and gutter 


The city’s four road projects that are currently under construction were funded through HGAC, TxDOT and the Brazoria County Toll Road Authority.  

  • Hughes Ranch Road and CR101 are both in the process of receiving widenings, expanding each road from 2 lanes to 4, with curb and gutter. 

  • Hughes Ranch Road will also see pedestrian improvements in the form of wider sidewalks and a signalized intersection, to provide safer access for students attending Challenger Elementary.  

  • The SH288 Toll Road will construct 4 toll lanes from CR58 to US59 near downtown Houston, providing additional capacity to SH288.  

As part of this project, the SH288 and FM518 intersection is also receiving widening construction. The project will widen the intersection, including three lanes in each direction, dedicated right turn lanes, and dual left turn lanes. The exit ramps and frontage ramps along the intersection will also receive widening. 


 Projects in Design

   Future Projects

Eight projects are currently in the engineering design phase, with construction due to begin in the next two years.  

  • McHard Road will receive a 3.5 mile extension, connecting Cullen Boulevard to Mykawa Road.  

  • Smith Ranch Road, Bailey Road, and Mykawa Road will each receive road widenings, bringing each of the roads from 2 to 4 lanes with curb and gutter. 

  • Smith Ranch Road will also replace the 4-way stop sign with a traffic light. The road widening at Bailey will occur from Veterans to SH35.

  • Pearland Parkway will receive improvements with the addition of a traffic signal at the Forest Park intersection and converting the traffic circle to a roundabout with bypass lanes.  

  • SH288 will receive a northbound frontage road connecting Magnolia Parkway to FM518, providing for vehicle stacking on the frontage road instead of the main lanes of 288. 

The intersection at FM518 and Dixie Farm Road will receive dual left lane turns in all directions. 




The City has several projects in planning phases, so it may be a few years before construction starts. These projects range from major thoroughfare widenings to intersection improvements: 

  • FM518 will receive a major road widening from SH288 to SH35, expanding the road from 4 lanes to 6 lanes, with medians and left turn control movements.  

  • TxDOT is in the initial stage of design investigation and construction is scheduled to start in 2023. 

Intersection improvements are likely to occur throughout the city.  

  • Shadow Creek Ranch is likely to receive improvements along FM2234, Discovery Bay, and FM518, including dual left turn movements, traffic signals and right turn movements.  

  • The Pearland Parkway intersections at FM 518 and Barry Rose are likely to receive left turn improvements as well. 

The City is also due to receive a Thoroughfare Plan update. The last model was developed in 2012 and modeled to 2035. With mobility improvements completed and in design, and with the upcoming 2020 census, an updated model is in order.



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Want to learn more about our City's projects? Visit Capital Improvement Project Updates to stay up to date. 

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