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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received an update from Galveston transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on the construction of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal and the Streetscape projects that are part of the Livable Communities Initiative. Listen (2:11)

Carrara notified the committee that Turner Construction “is finally moving forward with the (Terminal) project,” stating the company brought in a new concrete subcontractor. The erection of the precast structure is expected to take place in March 2015, said Carrara.

“Things will move rapidly from that point on,” he stated. “They’re targeting a July completion date.”

Carrara noted the plans for the Streetscape Design Livable Communities Phase II Downtown Area are 50 percent complete and under review. If the plans pass “our first screening,” he said, they will be turned over to city staff for their review.

Carrara updated the group on the Seawall Boulevard Streetscape improvement recommendations. Committee chairman Hank Thierry inquired about the Fort Crockett improvement project to which Carrara said work will commence in the spring.

Andrew Gallagher of the Department of Public Works said the Seawall Boulevard overlay project “is going forward with a consultant on board.”

Thierry reported that he and Carrara presented the six mobility priorities identified by the committee to the Galveston City Council at its workshop last Thursday. Listen (3:11)

“We basically presented the five priorities with the additional priority that we wanted to talk about with the (traffic) signal synchronization,” said Thierry.

The six projects are:

  • 61st Street IH-45 Direct Connect Ramp which is generally known as the 61st Flyover Project
  • Extension of 61st Street to Harborside Drive
  • A direct connection ramp from IH-45 to Harborside Drive
  • The Asphalt paving overlay of Seawall Blvd. from Ferry Road east to Boddecker Road
  • The purchase of five (5) 40-foot long buses for Island Transit
  • Citywide traffic signal synchronization, interconnection and upgrades

Thierry explained that the buses project “most likely” will not be part of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s call for items in January, but funding could still be acquired while the Seawall and signal projects were well-received.

“Overall, our presentation went well,” he said.

Carrara divulged that a submittal on the Seawall Boulevard Phase III repaving is being prepared for the January 8, 2015, city council meeting, and a submittal on the buses will be prepared the following month.

The committee listened to presentations from founding Families, Children & Youth Board member Kathy Tiernan and Mike McAnelly of Knudson Planners.

Galveston Council Member Dr. Craig Brown attended the meeting. Clyde Wood was absent. Agenda

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