By Betsy Dolan
Missouri City is preparing to expand Lexington Boulevard after council members approved a $265,000 agreement for design services to LJA Engineering, setting the stage for a possible town square concept incorporating City Hall.
The expansion project includes putting in traffic signals, turn-lane improvements at Texas Parkway and a four-lane boulevard walkway with sidewalks from Texas Parkway to Scanlan Road. Fort Bend County is picking up the tab for the project through a $2.5 million dollar Fort Bend Mobility Bond Election although Missouri City will oversee the project.
When questions surfaced about the close proximity of the new traffic signal at Texas Parkway and the existing on at Scanlan Road, Assistant City Manager, Scott Elmer, said if the town square concept moves forward, the public access drive to City Hall would likely change and the signal at Scanlan road could be removed.
Council member, Bobby Marshall, questioned why Lexington was not going to connect to Fresh Meadow, as it had in the past, when Scanlan was just a dirt road. Assistant City Manager Scott Elmer expressed concerns that re-establishing that link would harm the integrity of Quail Green West Park.
“If it will be a benefit to mobility (in the future) we can make, for lack of a better term, a cut through,” Elmer said. “We would need input from the neighbors because what we are trying to avoid is another Turtle Creek Drive, Roane Park situation.”
In 2005, Missouri City started a $2.63 million dollar road construction project on Turtle Creek Drive which restricted traffic to one lane in each direction and caused headaches for residents who had trouble entering and leaving their subdivisions.
Elmer also stressed that any additional components to the project would have to be funded by Missouri City.
“We are extremely tight on the Fort Bend County budget for this project,” Elmer said. “The roadway is a four-lane intersection and a traffic signal at Texas Parkway. It’s a multi-lane intersection at Scanlan Road and it’s only two lanes in between. We cut it down to the bare minimum of what was necessary to get it funded by the county.”