City, county, and state work together on Stafford parking construction
By Karen Daniels
Charles Russell, Stafford’s City Engineer, updated the Planning & Zoning Commission on January 7t,on the topic of what has and is taking place on the city’s streets. A much needed parking lot was added at SMSD on Constitution Avenue, across from the Civic Center, while the students were out of school.
The all-weather, recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) was allotted to the City of Stafford with the help of Councilwoman Felecia Evans-Smith, Commissioner Grady Prestage, and Road and Bridge Commissioner Marc Grant. When city, county, and state work together mountains can be moved. This project saved the City of Stafford $35K and brought convenience and structure to parents and patrons visiting the area that in the past were required to park on the dirt lot.
P&Z Commissioner Virginia Rosas said, “That area has taken a beating, and when it rains, it’s a muddy mess.” Fort Bend County requested that TxDOT leave 750 cubic yards of the RAP for use by the City of Stafford. The RAP generated from this project will count as a portion of Fort Bend County’s allotment in the County Assistance Program.
In other street news, the Stafford/Staffordshire Road construction is moving along as planned. Expect future road closures and detours on weekends to continue through the duration of the project as needed. Currently, the City is Stafford is evaluating landscape for the middle of Dulles Avenue and will plant the approved greenery between “February and early March.” A budget of $30K has been set aside for this project that extends from Highway 90 A to Dulles Elementary School. The Brand Lane construction is scheduled to begin taking bids this month, or “letting” as it’s commonly referred to. Originally this road construction was supposed to start around the same time as the Dulles Avenue project, but the City of Stafford wisely made the decision to delay the Brand Lane project to provide alternate routes for citizens to maneuver through the traffic. The new construction will cost $4M and Stafford’s portion will be approximately $1M. Charles Russell said that the typical time frame from letting to ground-breaking is six weeks.
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