Traffic may be slow but work is steadily progressing on the Whispering Pines Avenue/Friendswood Link expansion.
The project will make the portion from FM 518 to Hibiscus Lane into a three-lane corridor, two lanes for traffic and one for a center turn lane. Sidewalks will be constructed on the south side of Friendswood Link.
As concrete is poured for the project, the intersection at David Glen Drive across from school will be closed during Thanksgiving week, city staff reported, and may remain closed on the Monday and Tuesday after school returns from the break, depending on weather conditions.
The city emphasizes that the speed limit on Friendswood Link Road is now 20 mph from FM 518 to Blackhawk Blvd, and that traffic fines double in a construction zone when workers are present.
The estimated completion of that project is late summer or early fall of 2015. The state is funding $3.8 million or about 75 percent of the project, which will provide an additional evacuation route.
The original project was bid out last January as an expanded four-lane boulevard from Blackhawk to FM 518, but was rescoped after bids came in 20 percent over budget.
In other ongoing street repairs, surveys and geotechnical services are complete for Mary Ann Drive, Townes Road, Shadowbend Avenue, Towns Road and Winding Way.