Transportation

Ten Years After Ike, Galveston Plans Millions of Dollars in Infrastructure Upgrades

Galveston is about to launch a major effort to fix some of its aging streets. Much of that work will be paid for with local money.

The Galveston Capital Improvement Plan includes millions of dollars in projects that are expected to unfold over the next five years.

Now that they’ve finished most of their Hurricane Ike recovery efforts, Galveston officials say they’ll focus on infrastructure improvements that couldn’t be funded through the federal government.

Under a five-year capital improvement plan, Galveston will use $62 million from last year’s bond issue to fix deteriorating streets and drainage systems.

“It’s a guideline,” said Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough at Thursday’s council meeting. “It’s not going to unfold exactly like it’s presented but it’s going to give us a planning document. And I’m happy to say the capital improvement plan also identifies funding sources for each of those capital improvements.”

One of the projects in the capital improvement plan is a total rebuild of one of the island’s major corridors, 45th Street from Broadway to Seawall Boulevard. The plan also contains millions of dollars for water and sewer system improvements, along with other upgrades.

In other action Thursday, the Galveston City Council deferred action on a safe passing ordinance for cyclists. Council members said they wanted more clarification on how the rule would be enforced. They’re expected to revisit the issue next month.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

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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