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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Texas Department of Transportation
News Release
Friday, September 16, 2011


Houston– Over 100 people joined the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), along with Texas Transportation Commissioner Ned Holmes; Texas State Senator Tommy Williams, District 4; Texas State Senator Joan Huffman, District 17; Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, District 7; Texas State Representative Bill Callegari, District 132; Texas State Representative Allen Fletcher, District 130; and, Texas State Representative Jim Murphy, District 133, on September 13 to mark the beginning of construction on SH 99 Grand Parkway from IH 10 West to US 290, referred to as Segment E. 

Segment E includes construction of a 15 mile segment four-lane, controlled access toll road with limited frontage roads.  It also includes construction of four direct connectors at SH 99 and US 290 (US 290 east- and westbound to SH 99 southbound and SH 99 northbound to US 290 east- and westbound), and construction of two additional direct connectors at SH 99 and IH 10 West (SH 99 southbound to IH 10 eastbound, and IH 10 eastbound to SH 99 northbound).

The construction is divided into four contracts totaling $320 million which were awarded by the Texas Transportation Commission in July 2011 and August 2011.  Construction is estimated to last approximately 28 months.

“Development of the Grand Parkway is an important priority for the Houston area and the state of Texas,” added Texas Transportation Commissioner Ned Holmes. It is an opportunity to offer alternative routes for motorists who travel into and around the greater Houston area. 

Once complete, this section of SH 99 will ease congestion by providing an alternate route for traffic thus reducing congestion on highways such as US 290 and IH 10 West, among many others.  In addition, constructing this outer loop system will provide motorists more direct travel options for the movement of goods, people and services to, through and around the region.

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