Public meeting to address McHard plans

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City and state officials will be on hand next Tuesday, March 24, for a public meeting to address planned improvements to McHard Road.

Plans call for the route to eventually create another east-west corridor in Pearland, spanning from SH 288 to Pearland Parkway and relieving traffic congestion from the often overburdened FM 518.

Tuesday’s meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at Glenda Dawson High, 2050 Cullen.

Officials plan to gather public input, as well as present exhibits that demonstrate both the plans and environmental constraints. The proposed improvements include 3.5 miles of four-lane, concrete roadwork, landscaped medians, irrigation, an 8-foot wide sidewalk and bike trail, pedestrian ramps, detention and signaled intersections.

The new thoroughfare will intersect with Hatfield, O’Day, Garden, Roy and Max Roads. Studies indicate signals will be necessary at Hatfield, O’Day, Roy and Max Roads.

City Council last summer awarded a design contract to Freese and Nichols for the project. The design phase is expected to take two years, and construction is estimated to begin in mid-2017, and take about two years to complete.

Through a program known as the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, the road work is funded through a combination of federal, state and local sources. Pearland applied for the program for McHard in 2012, and the project was selected for funding the next year. The state will supply 80 percent of the cost of its design and construction.

After all plans, including an environmental study, are finalized, the land acquisition process will begin. The city contacts individual property owners directly with details on right of way requirements.

Property owners can also pearlandtx.gov/mchard, and sign up for project updates through the city’s e-notification system.

A project department web page with continuous updates is also located at pearlandtx.gov/projects.

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