The City of Pearland received notice from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) in regards to planned transportation improvements and construction to FM 521 (Almeda Road) from Beltway 8 to FM 2234 (McHard Road) in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. Pearland citizens will benefit from the proposed road improvements, however travel times will likely be impacted during the construction.
TxDoT is hosting a public hearing for the proposed project on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Willowridge High School Cafeteria, located at 16301 Chimney Rock, Houston, Texas 77053. The public hearing will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. followed by a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. The City of Pearland will have representatives in attendance.
The proposed project consists of reconstructing and widening the existing two-lane rural undivided facility to a four-lane divided urban arterial from Beltway 8 to 0.3 miles south of FM 2234. The project also includes improvements on FM 2234 from 0.3 miles west of FM 521 to 0.2 miles east of FM 521 and proposed grade separations at the Union Pacific Railroad crossings on FM 2234 and FM 521. Approximately 13.2 acres of additional right-of-way (ROW) would be required for the proposed project
The project would require acquisition of public land designated and used as a nature preserve/park. A total of 1.67 acres out of 45.75 acres of Almeda Road Nature Preserve (3.65%) is within the proposed ROW of the project. Proposed work within the nature preserve/park boundary would include roadway improvements to the intersection at FM 521 and FM 2234 to provide for two offset “T” intersections. These “T” intersections would allow for railroad overpasses on FM 521 and FM 2234 to reduce vehicular delays.
For specific information regarding the design, construction or schedule of this project, please contact Mr. Pat Nwachukwu, P.E., at 713.802.5961 or by email.
Written comments may be submitted in person at the public hearing, or by mail to TxDOT Houston District, Attn: Director of Project Development, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, Texas 77251, or by email. All comments must be submitted within ten (10) working days after the public hearing (postmarked on or before May 21, 2015).