Several long-awaited city projects are moving along, though in some cases not as fast as many hope.
While bridges and main lane paving on the long reconstruction of State Highway 35 are complete, there is still no firm date when the corridor will be completely open.
A northbound lane is expected to be open on Nov. 11, said Skipper Jones, the city’s assistant director of Engineering and Capital Projects. “I can’t project an end date because as they open those outline lanes, they will come back and close the inside lanes to access the medians,” he told the council in a recent workshop. “There’s actually quite a lot of work that needs to be done in the medians to get them to actually grow something out there. I wouldn’t venture a guess.”
The good news is that work is winding down on the reconstruction project, which has experienced various delays, further dragging out a project that has snarled traffic and hurt nearby businesses by limiting access.
Meanwhile, design plans for the Shadow Creek Ranch Sports Complex are moving along, though Harris County Flood Control threw a curve ball regarding plan reviews.
“We are back on track. We lost a couple of weeks there,” Jones said.
The Shadow Creek project was included in the 2007 Bond Program and is a priority in the city’s Parks Master Plan. Construction was originally scheduled to begin in November, and be complete in approximately one year.
In addition, a contract has been awarded for a planned Pearland Parkway extension, though it will likely be January before work begins.