By Nicole Jones
Feedback from Friendswood drivers is expected to factor into a future traffic plan extending into the year 2040, city officials say.
A yet-to-be announced open house will highlight recommendations based on a recently commissioned traffic study. The study was compiled by an outside firm using 24-hour traffic counts, road and intersection inventory and already planned projects.
“One of the reasons we funded this study was so we wouldn’t continually have to look to TxDOT to do a study and evaluate things for us,” City Manager Morad Kabiri told the council July 1. “If we have our own model and our own way to evaluate things, we can pursue solutions a lot faster.”
Among recommendations in the plan were more tie-ins with the future Grand Parkway — a project that may be put on hold when the Texas Transportation Commission meets on Aug. 29.
“Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of connectivity planned for the City of Friendswood,” Megan Siercks of Brown & Gay engineering firm told the council July 1. “Right now there’s one street planned to tie into Maple Leaf, which has an interchange planned as part of Grand Parkway.”
For congested intersections such as FM 518 and FM 528, the study recommends dual left turn lanes on 518 in 2025 and ultimately in 2040, widening FM 528. At another troublesome intersection, FM 528 and Bay Area Blvd., the study notes the possibilty of widening 528 for 500 feet from the intersection.