TxDOT starts design work on $1.2B Grand Parkway widening project
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is working on an extensive design to widen Texas 99, or Grand Parkway, from Interstate 10 to FM 1093 in Houston.
Total costs are estimated at $1.28 billion for the project that is split into several sections.
Segments B, C, and D were included in the Unified Transportation Plan (UTP) that the Texas Transportation Commission approved August 29, which selected projects around the state for construction funding.
Map of proposed Grand Parkway improvements
Segment B stretches from Highway 288 to Interstate 45, and Segment C goes from Highway 59 to Hwy. 288. Segment D spans from I-10 to Highway 59. Widening will include construction of a third lane for six miles in each direction from FM 1093 to I-10 and additional sound walls, according to Fort Bend County officials.
However, the widening of Houston’s “third loop” does not have a funding year.
The Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)’s Transportation Improvement Program includes a project to build a $12.5 million two-lane frontage road along Texas 99 from South Fry Road to FM 1093.
TxDOT’s project timeline calls for traffic and revenue studies and right-of-way acquisition before construction begins in 2024.