LEAGUE CITY

The state and the city will replace a bridge in the western, undeveloped part of League City in an effort to improve access to a wastewater treatment plant, but to also support future growth.

The Texas Department of Transportation will replace a bridge on McFarland Road near the city’s southwest wastewater plant. The department calls the bridge structurally deficient.

Assistant City Manager Bo Bass said a replacement bridge was needed to bear the load of heavier equipment.

“We need two points of access to the southwest wastewater plant,” Bass said. Crews can reach the plant from the north and the south now, but if the bridge to the south of it were to fail, then that route would be lost.

The city will get the immediate benefit of more reliable access to the plant and also, in the long term, the bridge will help the western development of vacant land in League City, Bass said.

The League City council on Tuesday approved 7-0 an arrangement with the state to pay for the bridge. The vote came without any discussion.

The state will pay $428,862 and the city will pay $43,318 to replace the bridge, according to city documents.

In the fast-growing city, it’s the southwestern part that’s available for future development, city Economic Development Director Scott Livingston said in more than one presentation on the future growth pattern for new homes, retail stores and zoning.

City officials, including Mayor Pat Hallisey, have predicted the coming boom in the western part of town as the proposed Grand Parkway that closes a loop around Houston becomes closer to a reality.

The plans to rebuild the bridge, which crosses a drainage ditch that feeds into Dickinson Bayou, predate Hurricane Harvey, which arrived in late August, bringing relentless rains and causing Dickinson Bayou and other Galveston County waterways to overflow their banks, flooding about 20,000 homes in the county.

Texas Department of Transportation will provide project engineering and all construction-related oversight and services, Bass said.

The arrangement with the city paying 10 percent of the cost is part of an advanced funding agreement that also includes all right-of-way acquisition costs, if necessary.

The $43,318 is only an estimate, though, and payment will be based on actual costs, city staff said.

The city would be responsible for 100 percent of any needed right-of-way acquisition, according to the agreement.

The estimated engineering costs are $75,180 and estimated construction costs are $358,000. The city will pay 10 percent and the state will pay 90 percent of those costs. Any overruns would be split in the same manner, according to the agreement.

The state will advertise for construction bids and award and administer the construction of the project, according to the agreement.

The process will start when the state gets the money from the city, according to the agreement.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com

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Diane Turski

Opening McFarland Road to traffic like it once was would be great. It is the only road that connects the west end of League City to 517. Otherwise we have to go all the way to 45 and get on 517 from it. It's 30 miles vs 4 miles. Let's do this please.

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