Galveston’s Industrial Development Corp. earmarked $2.6 million to continue a 27th Street corridor project between Avenue O and Seawall Boulevard.
On Tuesday, the corporation — a council-appointed board that manages the spending of some sales tax revenues — approved a $2.6 million project on the second phase of the 27th Street corridor.
The city has been working on streets that run nearly the width of the island and past school district properties, including 43rd and 27th streets, to create safer and more attractive corridors, Mayor Jim Yarbrough said. The 27th Street plan is part of that work, he said.
The projects are meant in part to alleviate traffic congestion along traditional main corridors such as 61st Street, he said.
“Once we get these last few streets done, next summer we’ll have an extensive ad campaign to come in and out of Galveston down the different corridors,” Yarbrough said.
The first phase between Broadway and Avenue O was funded in 2016 and is expected to be completed in August, Yarbrough said. The last remaining work on the street is adding decorative streetlights, he said.
Empty stands for the streetlights are in now, but issues with the energy company delayed getting the streetlights installed, Yarbrough said.
The project, which needs city council approval, would be funded with revenue from a quarter-cent sales tax intended for economic development projects.
It would replicate some of the work done between Broadway and Avenue O on 27th Street to the section of the street between Avenue O and Seawall Boulevard. The project would add light poles, sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, pavers and underlying drainage work, he said.
Also during the meeting, the corporation held public hearings for money allocated in May for port projects. Those projects also will go before city council for a vote.
One would pay for about $150,000 toward the port’s $799,000 master plan, which the wharves board voted on last month.
The other project would allocate nearly $1 million in sales tax for repairs to Cruise Terminal No. 1, Yarbrough said. The Industrial Development Corp. is paying for about a third of that project, he said. Work on Terminal 1 has already started, he said.