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City of Pearland
Director of Engineering & Capital Projects
3519 Liberty Drive
Independence Trail (Trail Connectivity Phase IV)
FM 518 to Independence Park
The City of Pearland, having linear geography, relies on several highly utilized east-to-west vehicle corridors, FM 518/Broadway being the most traveled. This heavily traveled thoroughfare (32,100 average daily traffic count) provides an obstacle for frequent or on demand pedestrian or bicycle crossing, effectively preventing the use of alternative transportation means to access some of the more popular destinations. An overhead pedestrian bridge crossing the FM518 corridor would provide the safest possible route to transact this busy corridor allowing free movement from north to south. This passage will also be a dynamic component of connectivity by providing safe connection from several densely populated residential areas either side of FM 518 to large commercial/ retail shopping, dining and entertainment venues within the Center at Pearland Parkway shopping center and other retail establishments surrounding the intersection of Pearland Parkway and FM518. Additionally, this trail provides direct access to large regional entertainment and recreational venue at Pearland’s Independence Park, to the south, and Harris County's El Franco Lee park to the north. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to these large regional parks will help to alleviate vehicular traffic and congestion during live entertainment and holiday events at Independence Park. This segment of the trail will complete this alternative transportation route from the U of H Clear Lake - Pearland Campus and El Franco Lee Park in the north to the iconic Independence Park by filling the current gap between portions of the Master Trail Plan north of FM518 and those south of FM518 utilizing previous TIP projects Green Tee Terrace Trail and Clear Creek Trail and solve the problem of crossing the FM518 corridor with a safe pedestrian/cycle crossing. The City's multi-year Trail Master Plan was created to provide residents with alternative based transportation options to diverse destinations and attractions focusing on commercial, entertainment, cultural, educational and recreation activities from residential clusters. This segment is actually phase 4 of that Trail Master Plan. In addition to providing access to these commercial/ retail recreational and entertainment destinations the tie into the Green Tee trail, immediately north of FM 518, will extend this pedestrian and bicycle access along Clear Creek through undeveloped natural spaces and ultimately to the U of H Clear Lake - Pearland Campus and the El Franco Lee Park. The pedestrian bridge component will provide a safe and accessible means of crossing the FM 518 corridor and joining the 1.456 mile trail north of that roadway and the future funded Clear Creek Trail.
This trail segment will serve as a cornerstone by joining the southern trail primarily bound by Mary’s Creek to the northern trail primarily bound by Clear Creek. At this junction the sites will provide crucial connection to now disparate expansive trail systems. This will provide a segment completing access from residential to commercial to educational and recreational/entertainment centers.
Trails provide alternative means of safe pedestrian and cycle access to commercial, cultural, educational and recreational center from residential areas. The City of Pearland considers multiple modes of transportation vital to quality of life and integral to all municipal development. In this project, the collaboration between several City departments and residential development planning is ensuring that the outcome will provide a generous set of vistas, as well as expansions, to native plant life, minimal impact to existing resources, and create useful connections that will provide encouraging paths to reduce vehicular traffic.
Less than $100 million
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Categorical Exclusion (CE)
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The NOx Emission Reduction is 0.14 tons per year.
The VOC Emission Reduction is 0.03 tons per year.
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City of Pearland Trail Master Plan
Houston-Galveston Area Council