Work on a planned expansion to Bailey Road is set to begin in October after Pearland City Council awarded a $21.3 million construction contract Monday.
Expected to take 22 months, the project will reconstruct Bailey Road from Veterans Drive to just west of FM 1128.
The corridor will go from two lanes to a four-lane boulevard with raised medians. A 10-foot “mixed use path” also will be constructed, along with sound walls along the frontage of Park Village Estates and Lawrence Place subdivisions.
The work is being funded 80 percent by the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Improvement Project, known as TIP.
Originally part of the 2007 bond package, the Bailey expansion was designed in 2010 and then shelved due to budget issues. It was submitted as a TIP project and earned funding in 2013. Due to regulations, the project then underwent environmental clearances before being ready to bid.
On Monday, the construction contract was awarded to Texas Sterling Construction.
“It’s a huge mobility improvement for the City of Pearland, and we’re excited to get this project started after all these years,” assistant City Manager Trent Epperson said.
Mayor Tom Reid emphasized that transportation project funding is not easy to get.
“They don’t just give away money,” he said. “It pays off to do your homework.”
“We’ve been getting right of ways, getting designs in place where we can,” he said. “The other thing working in our favor is the staff has done such a superb job in the groundwork and working with the agencies.”