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Grand Parkway construction has begun

October 8, 2018

Members from the Grand Parkway Infrastructure were on hand during the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Cleveland City Center to discuss the continued expansion of the Grand Parkway last Thursday.

The next phase is an $894 million project that will be the largest highway loop in the United States when it is completed, Texas Department of Transportation officials said.

Upon competition of the Grand Parkway in 2022, drivers will be able to travel from Baytown to League City in a loop that pas through New Caney, Spring, Tomball, Cypress and Sugar Land.

The construction began five weeks ago and will help the region prepare for continued population growth. This phase of the project will be broken into three segments, which are H, I-1 and I-2.

The $1.28 billion toll road project spans more than 50 miles around the Greater Houston area and falls within Chambers, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties.

All three segments will be worked on at the same time and will cause some traffic delays.

“Well obviously we will try to minimize the delays,” Martin said. “You can’t build a project this size without having some delays. We take into consideration the safety of the public with every decision we make. We will try our best to make sure everything runs smoothly.”

The design-build project includes new tolled two-lane controlled access facility, with four sections for direct connection from Hwy. 59 north in New Caney past Liberty to I-10 East in Mont Belveu.

The project features four additional toll lanes from FM 1405 to SH 146 in addition to upgraded tolling equipment added to the existing tolled four-lane facility from I-10 to FM 1405.

There will be 74 new or substantially reconstructed bridges built and nearly 25 million cubic feet of earth will be moved as part of the project. Acquisition of easements through 275 land parcels will also be included with upgrades to the visual appearance of the corridor through enhancements and landscaping improvements.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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