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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received an update on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal construction project.

Committee chair Hank Thierry read a report submitted by transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation, who was absent from the meeting. The report stated that the terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative, “is nearly complete.” Listen (5:49)

“Turner Construction is working hard to clear up the punch list of items that need completion in order to receive notice of substantial completion from the architect and certificate of occupancy from the city building officials,” wrote Carrara. “When we have both documents, Island Transit can move in.”

The document advised that public notice must be given in advance of the rerouting of bus routes before the change from 20th Street can take place. A date for the terminal’s grand opening will be announced, added the report.

“We’re very grateful to The Goodman Corporation for seeing this project to its near completion,” said Thierry.

The committee also learned that the Downtown Livable Communities Initiative Streetscape Design project recently was awarded $402,000 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Transportation, and that Galveston City Council at its November 19 meeting awarded a construction contract to General Contractor Services, Inc. for the Seawall Boulevard Streetscape Enhancements project.

Thierry introduced new Public Works Director Kyle Hockersmith and new committee member Alice Watford. Listen (1:25)

A civil engineer by profession with nine years of experience in city government, Hockersmith replaced former Assistant City Engineer Andrew Gallagher, who retired in September, as the city’s staff representative on the committee. Watford is a retired college educator who has lived in Galveston for more than 20 years.

The committee additionally discussed items pertaining to 61st Street, including its request for assistance to facilitate the manual operation of traffic signals at the intersection with I-45.

The committee decided to meet every second Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. beginning in January 2016.

Clyde Wood was absent. Agenda

To listen to the entire meeting, Click Here (53:44)

The board also plans to begin holding its meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m., starting in January.

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