Rain clouds overhead or not, a ribbon-cutting ceremony held last Friday at PISD’s administration offices was one that officials with city, Chamber of Commerce and county weren’t going to miss.
Standing on the newly reconstructed surface of State Highway 35, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid cut the ribbon that officially spelled the end of what seemed like endless delays and traffic snarls that plagued the corridor’s expansion.
The expanded corridor is now “substantially complete,” with some signal and turn lane work still to be completed.
State Rep. Ed Thompson, who had expressed concerns regarding the ongoing delays and provided regular updates on completion, was among those in attendance.
Construction began in 2009 and was expected to end in June 2013.
The project is a partnership between the city TxDOT, and was based on a 2007 study that recommended expansion to four lanes to ease traffic congestion.