As construction continues on a new portion of the Grand Parkway from I-10 north to U.S. 290, officials are soliciting bids for construction of three more segments that will extend the road to U.S. 59.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a final request for proposals for construction of three segments of the Grand Parkway, with five companies shortlisted to design and build the project. Proposals are due in August, with construction anticipated to start in January. July 2015 is the projected opening date.
Workers started on Segment E of the Grand Parkway last September. The 15.2-mile, four-lane toll road will be a major roadway through the 11,400-acre Bridgeland community. “This benefits not only Bridgeland, but the entire region,” says Peter Houghton, vice president of master-planned communities. “The Grand Parkway is an important component in Houston’s mobility plan, and we are thrilled to see progress on Segment E, as well as the additional portions that will bring us within 35 minutes of the Energy Corridor, the new ExxonMobil campus, and the Bush Intercontinental Airport.”
The three additional segments to be built total 38 miles and include Segment F1 from U.S. 290 to Hwy. 249 in Tomball; Segment F2 from Hwy. 249 in Tomball to I-45 in Spring; and Segment G from I-45 in Spring east to U.S. 59 in New Caney.
“Construction of these additional segments were green-lighted after ExxonMobil’s announcement that it would build a new campus on 385 acres it owns near the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road,” Houghton says. “The Grand Parkway’s 2015 opening date in that area is timed to coincide with when the company expects its campus to be fully operational.”
Bridgeland is an 11,400-acre master-planned community in Cypress, located between U.S. 290 and I-10 on Fry Rd. and bisected by a segment of the Grand Parkway, scheduled for completion in two years. Managed by The Woodlands Development Company, Bridgeland and The Woodlands share the same development philosophy and benefit from The Woodlands’ 40 years of successful real estate development. Both communities are listed among the top-selling master-planned communities in Texas and the nation and offer a wide variety of housing options, extensive outdoor recreation, and a focus on environmental preservation.
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