Joint partnership a plus
By Elsa Maxey
Reconstruction of Dulles Avenue from Avenue E to U.S. 90A is gearing up to start this summer once utility relocation is completed. It is a project that has been on the radar for about 10 years, had design work awarded in 2008, and it is about to begin this July. The work will take some 18 months to complete, according to the City of Sugar Land, which approved a $9.5 million contract awarded to James Construction Group, LLC last week involving several entities as part of the road upgrade.
The reconstruction project also includes curbs and gutters, drainage improvements, decorative signals, street lighting and sidewalks, and intersection improvements with additional turn lanes at Cartwright Road and Lexington Boulevard. Stafford, Missouri City, Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 are also involved in the project, each contributing financially to those portions in their jurisdictions.
The road to soon undergo reconstruction is described as an undivided arterial, which will be widened and has included water line realignment. The road project also involves gas pipeline work involving three companies pipeline casing extensions, said Sugar Land’s Keisha Seals, Engineer III.
Project data shows Fort Bend County’s contribution to be $4.29 million from the 2001 and 2007 bonds, the City of Stafford is contributing approximately $750,000, and the Fort Bend Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 is contributing a maximum of $275,000. At this time a Missouri City agreement is pending for improvements on SH 6 and the Dulles intersection, and Seals told the Sugar Land City Council it would be forthcoming to also include their project contribution.