TEXAS CITY — Primary construction began last week on the $3.29 million project for Century Boulevard that will finally extend the west side thoroughfare from the Emmett F. Lowry Expressway to state Highway 3.
About $1.6 million of the work will be funded by the countywide road improvement bond referendum approved by voters in 2008. The city is kicking in another $2.1 million to improve water service for a chemical plant that’s in the area as well as other road improvements. The work is scheduled to be done by December, City Engineer Doug Kneupper said.
When done, the two-lane asphalt roadway will be converted into a 6,500-foot, 3-lane concrete roadway with curbs and improved drainage. The work starts north of the Sam’s Club in Texas City and continues until just south of state Highway 3.
The project includes new storm sewers and inlets.
The roadwork is a longtime coming and is a welcomed improvement for the residents of the subdivisions along Paseo Lobo Drive and Lone Trail Drive who have long complained about the narrow road and rough driving conditions.
The roadwork will also provide better access from the expressway to state Highway 3, as well as easier access from Interstate 45 to the city’s west side. It also improves access to Mainland Concrete and Sea Lion Chemical facilities that are located along Century Boulevard.
The waterline work will extend the city’s 12-inch water line 5,100 feet along the road to Sea Lion Chemical so the facility will have access to the city’s water supply.
The roadwork will also be done in five phases to limit traffic problems for the residents in the area as well as the two industrial businesses.