ANNOUNCING NEW DIRECT CONNECTORS FOR THE GRAND PARKWAY / WESTPARK TOLLWAY

Commissioner Meyers is pleased to announce that the construction of new direct connectors between the Grand Parkway and Westpark Tollway have been MOVED UP by several years - these flyovers will let drivers bypass the lights and traffic backups underneath the Grand Parkway and FM 1093!

The engineering design on these flyover ramps is nearly complete, and the projects have been waiting on funding from the Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority. Latest discussions centering around additional access roads and the 3rd lanes expansion of the Grand Parkway, have indicated that the toll road authority was at least five years away from funding these direct connectors. As a result, Commissioner Meyers began holding meetings with several local stakeholders to strategize a way to accelerate the construction schedule and identify alternative sources of funding for these mobility improvements.

Commissioner Meyers is pleased to announce that a successful agreement has been reached. These two flyover ramps are being built through a cooperative effort between Fort Bend County Assistance Districts #1 and #9, the Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority, and dedicated sales tax revenue from the Harris-Fort Bend Emergency Services District #100.

Today at the regular meeting of the Fort Bend Commissioners Court, the court unanimously voted to dedicate a total of $17 million to the direct connector projects using sales tax dollars from the two county assistance districts and the Emergency Services District #100 sales tax fund. The Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority has agreed, in principle, to cover the rest of the costs through available funding that they have, so that this project may move forward in a timely manner.

You may remember back in April when the Houston Chronicle ran a story detailing Commissioner Meyers work to accelerate the timetable on building an additional 3rd inside lanes of the Grand Parkway between FM 1093 and I-10. As previously announced this summer, TxDOT has already begun design of those additional lanes.

As for your Precinct 3 Commissioner's office - we are in final design for the construction of two additional access roads on the west side of the Grand Parkway between Cinco Ranch and Westheimer Parkway, and from S. Fry Road to FM 1093, and preparing to begin construction on additional turn lanes on Cinco Ranch Blvd on both sides of the Grand Parkway.

Special thanks goes out to the Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority, for their partnership in accelerating this construction and securing funding years ahead of schedule. These are exactly the kind of financial benefits that taxpayers should expect from their sales tax dollars, and it's why Commissioner Meyers continues to fight hard to protect your tax money from the City of Houston so that we can do many more projects just like this to build more roads and benefit you.

Stay tuned for more updates and information on the timetable as the work progresses, we'll keep you informed.

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