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Posted on: September 26, 2011

[ARCHIVED] "Show Me City" Outlines Major Construction and Roadway Projects

Residents can expect to see major construction and roadway projects during the next year in the “Show Me City,” with plans under way for the revitalization of Texas Parkway, a new Community Center and Golf Course Pro Shop, a new Tennis and Recreation Center, traffic signal improvements, raised medians along Highway 6 and an Intelligent Transportation System that will synchronize traffic signals.

“We continue to emphasize quality of life for our residents with our capital projects’ focus on mobility, traffic safety, drainage and citizen amenities,” said City Manager Frank Simpson. “Residents should also be pleased that less than 25 percent of these projects are being paid for from City property taxes.” Simpson explained that “we are fortunate to have strong partnerships allowing us to leverage the City’s money through federal, state, county, utility districts and special district funding.”

The City’s share of the current $82 million in Capital Improvement Projects is $18 million. The remaining $64 million comes from others who share in the benefit of these projects: $48 million from utility user and capital recovery fees, $4.2 million from Special Districts, $4.4 million from Fort Bend County and Harris County, as well as $5.5 million from federal economic stimulus funds and $2.6 million from other federal funding.

In a presentation on Capital Improvements Projects during the Oct. 18 City Council meeting, members were updated on the following projects:

*Fire Station #5: The Sienna Fire District is funding the project, which is on hold pending approval by Sienna.

*Intersection Improvements: Work is scheduled to be complete in November on traffic signal upgrades and additional turning lanes at these intersections:

*Murphy Road at Lexington Boulevard
*Murphy Road at Cartwright Road
*Highway 6 at Glenn Lakes
*Highway 6 at Murphy Road

*Medians: Work on raised medians along Highway 6 from Dulles Avenue to the end of the City limits near Teal Bend Boulevard is scheduled to begin early in 2011. The majority of the project is funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds. Bids should be awarded in November. Some intersection improvements will be necessary as a result of the median installations. Construction is planned for the first half of 2011. This project includes a traffic signal at Trammel Fresno/Lake Shore Harbour and Highway 6.

*Gessner Road Revitalization: Work is under way on the reconstruction of South Gessner Road from Beltway 8 to Cravens Road. The City, and Fort Bend and Harris Counties all shared in the $4.1 million cost. The project is scheduled to be completed in July 2011.

*Texas Parkway Revitalization: The transformation of Texas Parkway is under way and is to be completed in two phases. The work includes the addition of sidewalks, drainage improvements and landscaping. The $1.8 million Phase One is expected to be completed in May 2011. The project is funded by Tax Increment Reinvestment Board #1.

*Intelligent Transportation System: The project includes synchronization for 52 traffic signals around the City and will enable them to “talk” to each other and adapt to different traffic patterns during various times of the day and different days of the week. This will greatly improve mobility and shorten travel times.

*Thompson Ferry Road Realignment: Thompson Ferry Road will be realigned to connect to Paradise River at Oilfield Road. Construction is expected to begin in 2011, pending the City’s acquisition of needed rights-of-way.

*Township Lane/FM 1092 Signal: The signal at the intersection is warranted based on a traffic analysis. Construction is planned for the first quarter of 2011.

*Watts Plantation at Sienna Parkway: The median has been modified to enhance safety. The project is funded by the Tax Increment Reinvestment Board #3.

*Oyster Creek Trail Phase II: This project will involve an extension of the current hike and bike trail along Oyster Creek from the current trail head at Cartwright Road to the City limits at Dulles Avenue.

*Steep Bank/Flat Bank Waste Water Treatment Plant Phase II: A 1.5 million gallon per day expansion project that is funded by utility district capital recovery charges. Construction should be complete by the end of October.

*Surface Water Treatment Plant: Construction of the state-of-the art plant, which will produce 10 million gallons per day, is now under way and completion is estimated for Winter 2011.

*Quail Valley East Drive Reconstruction: Improvements will be made to Quail Valley East Drive from Cartwright Road to Hilton Head Drive. Construction is planned for 2011, contingent upon funds being budgeted.

*Golf Course Community Center & Pro Shop: The new community center/banquet facility and golf pro shop will replace the old Quail Valley Golf Course clubhouse. Construction is expected to start in June 2011.

*Tennis & Recreation Center: The design concept for the facility is nearing completion, with construction targeted to begin in June 2011.

For updates on the projects, please visit the City’s website: and click on “Current City Projects” on the homepage.

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