Commissioner Meyers is pleased to announce that TxDOT has agreed to MOVE UP the construction of the 3rd inside lanes of the Grand Parkway by several years!
You may remember back in April, when the Houston Chronicle ran a story detailing Commissioner Meyers work to accelerate the timetable on building the additional lanes . In recent weeks and months, Commissioner Meyers has held several meetings with the top brass of the Houston District office and together, worked out a plan to immediately begin design with a goal of starting construction at least four years ahead of schedule. The funding on this project is being carried by TxDOT through the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and we here on the Fort Bend County portion of the road are also working on additional improvements to SH 99 for further mobility enhancement on the main lanes of traffic (more exciting details coming soon.)
TxDOT has already put out requests for bids on the design work of these additional lanes and the engineering community is rapidly responding to compete for the project.
The scope of the project will be an additional third lane in each direction from FM 1093 / Westpark Tollway all the way north to I-10 - a distance of nearly six miles. These lanes will be built within TxDOT's existing Right-of-Way and drainage and we know that some of the existing overpasses are already wide enough to accommodate a third lane of traffic, something that will help speed the project to final completion.
After a recent environmental impact analysis, TxDOT will be including additional sound walls in the design and construction of this project. Commissioner Meyers has repeatedly voiced concerns over sound mitigation in the area and have asked them to consider pavement grooving in the new lanes to further reduce decibel levels of traffic for our surrounding neighborhoods. (Note: TxDOT will no longer apply pavement grooving to existing roadway).
Special thanks goes out to Quincy Allen and his staff at TxDOT, for their partnership in accelerating this construction. These lanes have been sorely needed for many years and any further delay was not going to be acceptable. TxDOT has stepped up and responded to our requests and Commissioner Meyers couldn't be more excited for our community.
Stay tuned for more updates and information on the timetable as the work progresses, we'll keep you informed.