Thursday, August 11, 2016

Residents Anticipate Less Congestion at the “Five Corners”

While the “population-spread” in League City continues to grow, so does traffic congestion on the main thoroughfares of FM 270, FM 518, and FM 2094. To paraphrase an old saying, “If you build it, they will come”, one could say “If more people move to the area and the roads are not updated in advance, those people will be spending more time in their cars.”

The original concept being discussed was called “518 Bypass” in the beginning of the 1990’s. Phase 1 had been in design since 2009, to be funded by the City at an estimated construction cost of $9 mil. Fast forward from 2010 to 2015; the “Five Corners Realignment” (new name) Public Meeting was held in July 2015 by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The study was a partnership between TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. The following is an excerpt from the published (TxDOT) Notice of Public Meeting:

“The proposed project would construct new auxiliary turning lanes to create a four-legged intersection at the existing FM 518 and FM 2094 T-type intersection. Turning lanes from FM 270 would begin 300 feet northwest of FM 518, follow an existing local road, and then curve around the existing gas station to create a four-way intersection at the existing FM 518 and FM 2094. The new turning lanes would allow for the elimination of several high-volume turning movements at the existing intersection of FM 270 and FM 518. Approximately 1.2 acres of additional right-of-way (ROW) would be requited for the proposed project and one commercial displacement is anticipated. The purpose of this project is to reduce congestion and improve traffic operations at the intersection.”

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Consultations have been initiated, environmental impacts have been reviewed and other actions completed. The City of League City’s Monthly CIP (Capital Improvement Project) Status Report dated July 2016 shows the following Five Corners Realignment projects and dates:

“Five Corners Realignment: Council awarded design with Klotz April 22, 2014; TxDOT Environmental approval received October 2015. ROW agent to assist with land acquisition beginning November 2015; anticipated TxDOT construction bid February 2017; anticipated construction to begin April 2017.”

Drivers in the League City area will have construction in their future, but this will also signal less time spent in the car when traveling.

Brockway Realty previously blogged about the Five Corners Realignment in: ““Five Corners” Public Meeting Set for Thursday, July 23rd, on July 22, 2015

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By Pamela Moore, Feature Blogger for Brockway Realty, LLC

Originally Posted on Brockway Realty LLC's Official Blog