Missouri City endorses road projects in Fort Bend County bond referendum
By Betsy Dolan
They may not have liked the process, but the Missouri City Council does like the 50% off price tag for eight city road projects that will be included in the Fort Bend County Mobility Bond Election in November.
The Missouri City projects include:
• Hurricane Lane extension–Trammel-Fresno to Lake Olympia Parkway
• Knight Road extension–Fort Bend Toll Road to McKeever Rd.
• Glenn Lakes bridges over Oyster Creek & Oyster Creek tribuary
• Lake Olympia Parkway–Village Brook Dr. to Fort Bend County Toll Rd.
• Independence Blvd. Segment 1 & 2–Staffordshire to Revolution
• Staffordshire Rd–Scanlan St. to Court Rd.
• Watts Plantation–Sienna Pkwy to Knight Rd.
• Lake Olympic Parkway Segment 1–Hurricane Lane to Chimney Rock
The county will pay half of the construction costs with the city picking up the other half as well as the design costs.
“This is our wish list,” said Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen. “We got in this bond issue what we can afford to do. The county will help us but as we know construction costs can fluctuate.”
Back in June, the county asked Missouri City for a prioritized list of road projects that the city hoped to complete within five years. The city’s list originally included widening South Cravens road in anticipation of industrial development in the area but it was decided that the project didn’t fit within the county’s time line. Another project, the Vicksburg Blvd. extension, was also not included on the final list because funding could be secured through an inter local agreement.
The city had hoped to pay for the Hurricane Lane extension with federal monies but changes in the regulations added considerable time to the project timeline so the extension was included in the county bond plan.
Other projects on the final list improve connections to the Fort Bend County Toll Road, improve east-west and north-south routes and relieve congestion on the city’s major arteries.
“We don’t want to mislead people because some of these projects won’t happen unless we have another bond issue,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wyatt.
The county added two projects that are largely located outside of the city limits and are not included in either the city’s CIP or TMP–the Watts Plantation extension and the Lake Olympia Parkway Segment 1.
Wyatt and Owen said they wished the county would have included some time for the city council to discuss the project list.
“I reminded the county that 75% of the taxes collected by the county come from the cities yet we don’t get 75% of the project money,” Owen said.
Missouri City’s portion of the projects will be paid for by 2003 CIP bond funds, the METRO 1/2 cent sales tax rebate and projected 2014 CIP bond funds.
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