Projects in Old Townsite set to improve drainage, widen roads

Drainage and street improvement projects in the Old Townsite in Pearland are one step closer to beginning, officials said.

Pearland City Council awarded a contract at its June 13 meeting for the design phase of projects on Old Alvin Road as well as East Orange and Linwood streets. All three roads will be widened as part of the projects. Crews will also install concrete pavement curb and gutter to improve drainage in the area, officials said.

Project plans also feature the addition of a shared-use path on East Orange Street along Town Ditch that will include a pedestrian bridge at Hunter Park.

Old Townsite resident Paul Eskine said he and others from the area approached the city in March to request that East Orange and Linwood streets be added to an existing project to expand Old Alvin Road north of Orange Street.

Voters approved funding for the Old Alvin Road renovation project as part of a 2007 bond referendum, officials said. City staff conducted a preliminary engineering report prior to the bond election to estimate project costs. Sue Polka, Pearland Director of Engineering, said the project is coming to fruition now because it was part of the city’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan.

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