FM 1774 construction to start in October
MAGNOLIA — The expansion of FM 1774 is moving forward, with the Texas Department of Transportation expecting to choose a contractor in August to oversee construction.
Once hired, the contractor will mobilize equipment and personnel and construction should start soon after, according to James Roscher, project engineer for TxDOT.
At its June 14 council meeting, the City of Magnolia hired its own contractor to move pipes that lie underneath the main lanes of FM 1774. Moving the pipes is expected to take two months, and once completed, TxDOT can start construction.
While the expansion project will stop at the FM 1774 and FM 1488 intersection, there are future plans for the expansion to cross FM 1488 with an overpass across the railroad tracks, according to Magnolia City Administrator Paul Mendes.
“The [overpass] is some years down the road due to funds,” Mendes said.
Mayor Todd Kana said the current project will help travel taking place in Magnolia, but will not help morning and evening commute traffic.
“Any progress is positive, but the goal is to free up [the FM 1488/FM 1774] intersection,” Kana said.