Construction is continuing on a new portion of the Grand Parkway that stretches from Interstate 10 north to U.S. 290. The 15.2-mile segment, which is expected to open in late 2013, will be a major thoroughfare through the 11,400-acre Bridgeland community. Work crews began construction on the four-lane toll road in September.
“This benefits not only Bridgeland, but the entire region,” says Peter Houghton, Bridgeland’s vice president. “The Grand Parkway is an important component in Houston’s mobility plan and we are thrilled to see this next phase start construction.”
Future segments will provide even greater mobility for the Cypress community, with the Grand Parkway extending east from U.S. 290 to U.S. 59. The Texas Department of Transportation recently issued Requests for Qualifications to companies interested in entering a public-private partnership to fund Segments F1, from U.S. 290 to State Highway 249 in Tomball; Segment F2, from State Highway 249 in Tomball to Interstate 45 in Spring; and Segment G, from Interstate 45 in Spring east to U.S. 59 in New Caney. Requests for Proposals will be issued in the spring and a contract could be executed in late 2012 or early 2013. Each segment has been given environmental clearance, but design work has yet to be finished.
“The continued expansion of the Grand Parkway means so much to people living in this area,” Houghton says. “Specifically for Bridgeland residents, Segment E means residents will be less than 30 minutes from the Energy Corridor. The future expansions will also put residents less than 30 minutes from both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the ExxonMobil campus opening near the Hardy Toll Road and Interstate 45.”
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