Texas City is considering a partnership with Buc-ee’s for a new exit ramp on southbound Interstate 45 near the popular gas station and mega convenience store.

The Texas City Commission on Wednesday will take up several items related to a new exit ramp near Holland Road, including a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation, a contract with Buc-ee’s Ltd. and a budget amendment to earmark $200,000 for the project.

Buc-ee’s has agreed to put $400,000 toward the exit ramp, according to the city.

The exit ramp would provide an exit near the front entrance of Lago Mar, a subdivision that plans for more than 4,000 homes once its built out, for future homeowners traveling south on I-45, Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle said.

In its initial design plans for improvements to I-45, the transportation department approved a new exit ramp in Dickinson, about a mile north of Holland Road, said Nick Finan, Texas City director of management services. The department also planned an exit ramp for a point near the middle of the Lago Mar subdivision, Doyle said.

“We wanted to make sure the development for Lago Mar had an exit that began at the very start of the subdivision,” Doyle said. “That’s a big part of our city for the future. We’ve got to do as much as we can to make sure the whole development remains as successful as possible.”

If the city commissioners approve the contracts, the paperwork will be submitted to the transportation department and the money will be set aside to pay when the project goes out for bid, Doyle said.

The transportation department has said the exit ramps could go out for bid as early as fall 2018, Finan said.

If the contracts are approved, the money will come from the city’s Economic Development Corp., Doyle said.

Marissa Barnett: 409-683-5257; marissa.barnett@galvnews.com

Senior Reporter

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