Travelers along SH 6 will experience a different look come 2017. The continuous left turn lane that presently is flush with the pavement will be converted to raised medians. The road will also see intersection improvements in Manvel at FM 1128 and in Alvin at 2nd Street (Brazos), Business 35 (Gordon), and the SH 35 bypass. The intersection improvements will include additional turn lanes and traffic signal improvements as needed. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held a public meeting recently at Rodeo Palms Junior High to inform the public of the project and to solicit comments. Plans as called for will necessitate one commercial business be displaced and approximately .56 acre of new right-of-way will need to be acquired. No changes are proposed to the drainage system along the corridor and speed limits will remain the same.
TxDOT describes the need for the project as responding to growth in the region and an increase in traffic demand and vehicle crashes due to development trends south of Houston. The result of the project is expected to improve safety and traffic operations throughout the corridor. The project will run about 17 miles from a point approximately 1,200 feet west of FM 521 in Arcola to the Galveston County Line, generally between Alvin and Algoa. Estimated construction cost is $6 million. The work is anticipated to begin in late 2016 with an anticipated construction period of approximately one year.