McHard Road Extension project (Mykawa Rd. to Cullen Pkwy.)

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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 McHard Road Extension project (Mykawa Rd. to Cullen Pkwy.) information page. This Web page will be updated as information develops. 

Residents can receive project updates through the City's e-notification system - Everbridge. Residents can also receive project information through the City's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Jennifer Lee, the project manager assigned to the McHard Road Extension project (Mykawa Rd. to Cullen Pkwy.) can also be reached by phone at 281.652.1760. We encourage residents and property owners’ sign up for the e-alerts and bookmark the project Web page in order to receive updates and keep up with the project's progress. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Lee, Project Manager, at jlee@pearlandtx.gov.

 

Update for September 2017

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Update for July 2017

The McHard Road Project received the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in July, 2017.  The receipt of the FONSI, one of is the final steps before the ACQUISITION PHASE can begin.  The FONSI was issued upon the final approval of the Environmental Assessment Report (EA) which validated the roadway alignment after evaluating numerous environmental considerations.  The EA investigated the impact the proposed project alignment would have on:

  1. Cultural resources such as structures, buildings, archeological sites, districts, historic properties, cemeteries, etc.
  2. Water resources, including wetlands, pollution discharges, impact to floodplains and navigable waterways.
  3. Effect on wildlife, including endangered species, migratory birds, and habitats.
  4. Air quality.
  5. Hazardous Materials impact.
  6. Traffic noise.
  7. Indirect and cumulative impacts on both natural and socioeconomic resources.

With the completion of the EA and FONSI, the City’s acquisitions consultant began contacting property owners along the roadway alignment that will be impacted by the project.  The consultants will schedule a meeting with owners to assess the valuation of the properties that will be effected by the McHard Road right of way requirements.

Copies of the final EA report and FONSI are below and are also available for public inspection at TxDOT’s Houston District Office and the City of Pearland Engineering and Capital Projects Department.

Finding of No Significant Impact 

Notice - Finding of No Significant Impact

Approved Final Environmental Assessment

Update for May 2017

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Update for February 2017

Thoroughfare Plan 

Public Hearing Notice 

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Update for December 2016 

Updated Road Alignment
McHard Rd. Update Presentation - Dec. 2016

Update for August 2016

Project schedule information here

Update for March 2016

City staff presented a PowerPoint update to the McHard Road Corridor Association (MRCA) meeting that was held on March 1, 2016 at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.  The meeting was attended by approximately 25 members of the MRCA.  In addition to the presentation, which provided updated activity information on the McHard Road Extension Project, staff responded to questions.   The presentation was an effort by staff to provide not only the MRCA members, but also the Pearland community with factual information, the project schedule and major milestones.

Below is the presentation.  For additional information, please contact the McHard Road Extension Project Manager, Jennifer Lee at 281.652.1760.

Progress Update for August 2015

On March 24, 2015, the City and TxDOT conducted the Public Meeting for the proposed extension of McHard Road (Cullen Parkway to Mykawa Road) at Glenda Dawson High School. The Public Meeting is a required component of the Environmental phase of the project and is intended to:
• gather information from the public regarding their wants, needs and concerns,
• to provide an avenue for public input into the design process and,
• to develop measurable metrics for the selection of the most desirable alignment for the new roadway.

The Meeting was attended by approximately 225 residents, local political leaders, City Staff from the Projects and Engineering Department and Public Works, TxDOT staff, and the City’s design and environmental consultants.

A prominent display in that meeting was the Alternative Alignment Exhibit showing two potential alignments for the future roadway; a northern alignment (shown in RED) and a southern alignment (shown in Yellow). The meeting provided opportunity for the public to view both of these potential alignments and to discuss them with the designers, City Staff, and TxDOT and provide both verbal and written comment. Comment forms were distributed to all participants in order to collect written comments on the project and to provide their input on the preferred alignment for the roadway. Below, is a summary of the Comment and Response Report which is a result of ALL of the comments and responses returned to the City and its Consultants after the Public Meeting.

Public Meeting Comment and Response Report
Do you support the proposed project?
Yes.................................................................................................................................... 93
No......................................................................................................................................10
Undecided.......................................................................................................................... 7
Blank ................................................................................................................................ 17

If yes, which alignment do you prefer?
Prefer Alignment 1 RED ..................................................................................................  84
Prefer Alignment 2 YELLOW ...........................................................................................  21

Undecided............................................................................................................................ 1
Either...................................................................................................................................  1
Neither alignment ...............................................................................................................  1
Blank .................................................................................................................................. 19

The overwhelming majority of residents responding to the survey preferred Alignment 1, the northern alignment depicted in RED on the Alternative Alignment Exhibit. Based on this consensus for Alignment 1, the design effort is now focused on the RED alignment.

This was the first major step in the Environmental Phase. The Environmental Study is expected to be complete late in the second quarter (May) of 2016. State review of that study could take another three to six months before it is approved and, it must be approved before Right of Way acquisition can begin. For that reason acquisition activities are not expected to begin until early 2017. When that time comes, the City and its agents will, in every case, conduct all land acquisition in strict accordance with the LANDOWNER’S BILL OF RIGHTS as well as State and Federal guidelines for the acquisition of right of way. If you have not already received a copy of the LANDOWNER’S BILL OF RIGHTS document it is available on the website at texasattorneygeneral.gov/agency/Landowners_billofrights.pdf or the City’s Right of Way Manager’s Office by calling Anthony Vu at 281.652.1794.

During this interim period, the City has begun to contact property owners along the RED alignment by letter requesting permission to enter the property for the purpose of performing surveying, geotechnical borings and in some cases, environmental information gathering. The first letters were mailed in early July. This is not a prelude to an acquisition effort; it is simply information gathering for the Environmental Study and pre-design information for the project. Please sign and return those permission forms at your earliest convenience this information is critical for the Environmental Study and eventually the design of the roadway or drainage infrastructure.

As always, if you have questions regarding this project, please visit the city’s website at pearlandtx.gov/mchard or contact the City’s Project Management Department at 281.652.1760 to receive accurate information. Building the trust of the public is paramount to the City, and the City will continue every effort to be completely transparent in our practices as this important transportation project develops.

The updated timeline for the design and environmental processes is as follows:

Activity Approximate
Beginning 
 
Planned 
Duration
 
  Planned 
Duration
Design Begins
September 2014 31 months April 2017
Environmental
September 2014 19 months March 2016
Public Meeting January 2015 2 months March 2015
Right of Way
Acquisition
January 2017 10 months November 2017

Final Plan Approval from TxDoT and preparation for bidding is expected in September 2017.

Public Meeting Summary Report – June 22, 2015 - Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Project Update March 2015 
Sign up for Alerts 
Sept. 9, 2014 meeting information 
Map,  Thoroughfare Plan 
Public Meeting March 24, 2015 
Alternate Alignment Exhibit 
Meeting Board Exhibits 

McHard Road projected traffic counts for the different segments. Projected project completion date 2019.

Segment  2019   2035 
 Cullen Blvd. to Stone Rd.                                          19191    23722  
 Stone Rd. to Max Rd.  19101  23158
 Max Rd. to Roy Rd.  20278  21348
 Roy Rd. to Garden Rd.  22190  24084
 Garden Rd. to O'Day Rd.  23222  25203
 O'Day Rd. to Hatfield Rd.  18178  19773
 Hatfield Rd. to Woody Rd.  19850  23399
 Woody Rd. to Mykawa Rd.  20107  23114

Update for April 2015