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Transportation Officials Look At Growing Traffic Congestion In Galveston County

As the population continues to grow south of Houston, local transportation planners are looking at ways to ease traffic on a couple of busy roadways. There's a public meeting Thursday night to discuss those plans.

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The Houston-Galveston Area Council is focusing its study on traffic in the Dickinson and League City areas, in particular FM 517 and State Highway 3.

H-GAC Transportation Planner Stephan Gage says there’s a lot of wide open space for development, and the corridors are expected to gain about 73,000 new households over the next two to three decades.

“This study is going to help both those cities get a handle, or get ahead of the curve, so to speak, and use the recommendations that come out of these studies to direct development along those corridors.”

Gage says traffic is bogging down right now where the two roadways meet in Dickinson. Another trouble spot is where 517 intersects with the Gulf Freeway. Things also get risky for drivers because of the way the roads are configured.

“Both of these corridors have continuous left-turn lanes throughout. Particularly in the areas where there is high congestion, you also have a high number of left-turn crashes.”

The public meeting is from 6:00-8:00 Thursday evening at the Civic Center in League City.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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