Hughes Ranch Road Expansion (Smith Ranch Rd. to Cullen Pkwy.)

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Update for August 2017

In preparation for the Hughes Ranch Road expansion project the existing waterline that runs within the corridor, but will be in conflict with the future improvements, must be replaced.  Design work for this project began in December 2015 and completed in May 2017.  The plans bid out on August 8, 2017 and the City received favorable bid prices.  The contract for construction is set to go to Council for award on August 28th.

This project will install a 12 inch waterline from Smith Ranch Road to Cullen Parkway by trenchless construction methods (directional drill).  Work is planned to begin on or about September 18 this year and should take about 180 days to complete, weather permitting.  The contractor is Reddico Construction who have performed several waterline projects for the City in the recent past.

This work will take place in the right of way for the most part but there will be some instances requiring closing portion of Hughes Ranch Road to install crossings.  The contractor will have traffic control and possibly flagmen along the corridor during this activity.  Please follow their instructions and be aware of moving construction equipment and personnel.

It should be noted again, that this work is for the replacement of the existing waterline and is NOT the early beginning s of roadway construction.  Roadway construction is tentatively scheduled for late 2018.  This website will update again prior to that work beginning and the City will hold another public meeting at that time to provide residents in the area additional information.

 

Update for April 2016

Project History: Hughes Ranch Road has been on the City's Thoroughfare Plan as a planned secondary thoroughfare, with a four lane raised median boulevard cross section for over ten years.   A link to the Thoroughfare Plan is found here. Thoroughfare Plan. The project design was initiated by Brazoria County and handed over to the City at 90% completion when the City annexed the area.  The remaining design and construction will be managed by the City of Pearland.

Project Facts:

  • Classified as a roadway widening project
  • Funded by State (Prop 7) and Federal Funds
  • Project will reconstruct Hughes Ranch Road between Cullen and Smith Ranch Road from a two lane asphalt open ditch roadway to a four lane concrete curb and gutter boulevard with a raised median. 
  • The project length is 2 miles.
  • The project includes approximately 13,000 LF of Noise Barrier along the major subdivisions.
  • Street lighting, and landscaping are included.
  • The existing water line along the roadway will be extended to eliminate gaps, provide redundant service, improve water quality. Some existing water line sections will be relocated to avoid conflicts with the roadway and noise barrier construction.
  • Right of way acquisition includes approximately 26 parcels were segments of right of way must be acquired for the new improvements

Key Benefits:
The roadway widening will provide enhanced safety and improved access to adjacent subdivisions, Challenger Elementary, Dawson High School.  With the widening of  SH 288 and the addition of Toll lanes on SH288, a new off ramp will be constructed at Hughes Ranch Rd. and this roadway will provide better east – west mobility in this area of the City. The 90 percent roadway alignment is included below. For additional information, please contact Susan Johnson, Project Manager, at sjohnson@pearlandtx.gov

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 Click here to open the roadway alignment. 

The City of Pearland is committed to providing residents with up-to-date project information on the projects that affect their homes, businesses and community. In an effort to ensure that the public has information throughout the design process, project schedule information and all details regarding the proposed alignment and acquisition of right of way, public meeting dates, and the next steps, the City has established the Hughes Road expansion project information page. The Web page will be updated as information develops. Information planned for this page includes design memorandum, progress meeting minutes, notices of public meetings, changes to the schedule or design, and more. Residents interested in receiving updates can also opt in to receive project alerts through the City's e-notification system - Everbridge at pearlandtx.gov/alerts. Residents can also receive project information through the City's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts. We encourage residents and property owners sign up for the e-alerts and bookmark this page to stay abreast of the progress of the project.

Project Overview

Hughes Ranch Road has been on the City’s Thoroughfare Plan as a planned four lane raised median boulevard for over ten years. The project design was completed by Brazoria County and construction will be carried out by the City of Pearland. The project will reconstruct Hughes Ranch Road between Cullen and Smith Ranch Road from a two lane asphalt open ditch roadway to a four lane concrete curb and gutter boulevard for a distance of 2 miles. The project includes approximately 13,000 LF of Noise Barrier along the major subdivisions, lighting, and landscaping. Additional water line infrastructure will be constructed in coordination with this project to fill in the gaps of the current water system. The roadway will provide enhanced safety and improved access to adjacent subdivisions, Challenger Elementary, Dawson High School, SH 288 and the SH288 Toll lanes.

Hughes Ranch Road current and projected traffic counts for the different segments. 

 Segment  2015   2019   2035
 Smith Ranch to Miller Ranch   9,038  27,200  32,000
 Miller Ranch to Challenger Elementary  6,905  16,100  22,000
 Challenger Elem to Cullen Pkwy  5,892  15,500  21,600

 

 

Update for April 2015