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Parkway link to Dixie Farm Road set for spring

Author: Allen Jones
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A barrier fence will be constructed along nearby Shadycrest subdivision as the project nears completion.

"The schedule for substantial completion is March, 2015," said Skipper Jones, assistant director of capital projects for the city of Pearland. "That may run a little bit late due to some last-minute conflicts with one of the pipelines that the roadway is crossing, which is requiring a partial redesign of one small portion of the roadway."

Now in the early stages of construction, bridge piles have been completed and bridge decks were being poured.

No businesses or homes are in roadway's path, Jones said.

"Shadycrest subdivision borders the northern right of way and Towne Lake Estates borders the southern right of way for the first 1,000 feet beyond Olier Drive," he said. "However, the wide 120-foot right of way and noise walls will provide privacy for homes backing up to the roadway on both sides. There are no traffic connections to either of these residential areas."

The entire segment of the project is in the city. The construction costs, totaling about $4.8 million, are being shared with the state.

"The project is jointly funded between 2011 state Proposition 12 bond funds for 80 percent and city transportation bond funds for the remaining 20 percent," Jones said.

The city also spent about $545,000 for design costs.

The total estimated cost is a little more than $9.5 million, and includes engineering, environmental, right of way and utility adjustments, along with construction management, according to TxDOT figures. The state agency bid the project for construction and is managing the construction process.

The contractor is Texas Sterling Construction Co. of Houston, TxDOT spokesman Danny Perez said.

One of the city of Pearland's project managers is involved on a day-to-day basis to monitor progress and ensure that the city's best interests are considered.

The project is part of Houston-Galveston Area Council's Regional Transportation Plan, which aims to eventually extend Pearland Parkway to League City.

To the north, the road connects to Monroe Road north of Beltway 8.

About 20 years ago, the Pearland City Council began planning how to deal with increasing traffic congestion along FM 518. Pearland Parkway was conceived as a way to take traffic from the beltway to the southern and eastern ends of the city without adding more vehicles to FM 518.

"By pushing the thoroughfare through to Dixie Farm Road, drivers can access the southeast portion of Pearland, Friendswood and further south along (Texas 35) without traveling FM 518," Jones said.

The next phase would be to extend the parkway toward the east, past Pearland Regional Airport and out to Farm to Market Road 2351.

"That would eventually tie into Britney Bay Boulevard, which might one day continue through Friendswood and on to League City," Jones said.

Pearland Parkway was built in a sequence of phases, beginning with the first segment from FM 518 to John Lizer Road constructed during the late 1990s.

The next phase extended the roadway south near Pearland High School at Oiler Driver and north of FM 518 to provide access for commercial developments Lowe's and International House of Pancakes as well as to residential development in Clear Creek Park.

In the early 2000s, the lanes were then extended to Barry Rose Road, then to the McHard/Parland Parkway roundabout and then to Beltway 8 through partnerships with residential developers.


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