Funding for the next phase of utility pole removal and burying wires underground project initiated by the Friendswood Downtown Economic Development Corporation (FDEDC) has been approved by Friendswood City Council. This newest phase will remove overhead AT&T lines and poles and install new underground cable along the west side of Friendswood Drive, from Spreading Oaks to Heritage Drive. The estimated cost is $125,400. Phase One of utility pole removal and burying lines, from Castlewood Drive to Clearview Avenue, was completed last December.
“The response to Phase One was greater than we anticipated,” said FDEDC President Ron Cox. “I guess people didn’t realize how much better the area would look until the poles were actually gone.”
The FDEDC board, made up of seven Friendswood residents appointed by City Council, has included utility pole removal on their list of many possible projects. Others include plans which would improve streets, infrastructure, sidewalks, lighting, benches, and signs. FDEDC was created following voter approval of a one-eighth cent sales tax for downtown economic development in 2016. City Council must approve FDEDC expenditures.