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Posted on: May 28, 2019

Design Contracts Approved for Three Drainage Projects

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Only 24 days after League City voters approved two bond propositions totally $145 million for drainage and mobility improvement projects across the City, the League City Council has approved design contracts for three of the projects.

At their Tuesday, May 28 meeting, councilmembers approved design contracts for three drainage projects included in Proposition A. The three contracts include the first phase of improvements to the Bay Ridge neighborhood, the first phase of improvements to the Oaks of Clear Creek subdivision, and initial work in the Borden’s Gully Watershed near the Bay Colony and Dove Meadow subdivisions. 

On May 4, League City voters overwhelmingly approved two general obligation bonds, something that has not been on a League City ballot since 1992. Proposition A, which calls for $73 million in bonds to fund drainage projects, passed with 67.71% of the total votes. Proposition B, which allocates $72 million in bonds toward road projects, passed with 64.35% of the total votes. Proposition C also passed with 61.74% of the total votes. The proposition approves increasing the City’s sales tax rate by 0.25 cents per $1 to its maximum, the proceeds of which will go toward funding Props A and B. The sales tax increase is scheduled to go into effect October 1.

In addition to the drainage projects in Prop A, League City has already begun pre-construction work on some of the traffic and mobility projects included in Proposition B. In March the League City Council approved a design contract for the $11.2 million Grissom Road reconstruction project, and design is also almost complete on the $7.7 million reconstruction project of Calder Road South.  City staff members are also awaiting the results of an environmental review of the $65 million project to connect Landing Boulevard to Interstate 45, nearly half of which will be funded with partnership dollars from TxDOT. If the City receives an all-clear on that project in the next few weeks, staff should have a final design contract to present to Council in the summer. 

Over the next few weeks, staff from the City’s Project Management and Engineering Departments will be working together to assemble a master timeline for all 21 projects included in the two bond propositions. Design and pre-construction work on projects eligible for grant funding will occur after staff has completed all phases of the application process. Staff also will be reaching out to residents in neighborhoods surrounding each project.  A community meeting is scheduled for June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center to gather feedback and input surrounding the project to improve drainage along Magnolia Creek and Cedar Gully.

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