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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received an update regarding the award of $286,418 funding from the Houston-Galveston Area Council for bicycle lanes.

The funding is being awarded through Amendment No. 70 by the Houston-Galveston Council, and requires a $71,605 local match, according to John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation, the city's transportation consultant. The funds are for projects identified in the 2006 Galveston Pedestrian and Bicycle Special Districts Study. Listen (2:23)

“That's for striped lines on some streets, and bike route signage for other streets,” Carrara said.

According to Carrara, the funding is secured, and that the local match is committed, bringing the total funding $358,023.

“That's the good news,” Carrara said. “The other part of it is the money won't be available until 2016.”

Carrara also provided an update regarding the status of the Downtown Transit Terminal Project. Listen (6:16)

“The terminal project is slowly moving forward, again,” Carrara said.

He noted that Turner Construction, the company hired to construct the project, has moved into the Fadden Building, which was purchased as a settlement of a lawsuit by the previous building's owner, and that a new construction schedule should be available next week.

He also discussed the Livable Communities Phase 2 project's status, noting that construction documents are moving forward to be prepared for bid.

The committee took no action regarding a resolution to the Texas Department of Transportation requesting that the balance of the New Freedom Grant for Phase No. 1 be applied to a Galveston downtown sidewalk and wheelchair improvement project.

Carrara told the committee that TxDOT informed him that the leftover funding from the grant, approximately $400,000, would not be made available for other projects.

“All the work that was supposed to get done under that project got done,” Carrara said.

Assistant City Engineer Andrew Gallagher reported on the status of the Market Street Reconstruction Project. Gallagher said he had seen 95 percent complete drawings, stating that the project should be advertised for bid in four-to-five weeks.

No other action items were on the agenda. Agenda

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