Author: The Katy Times – Benjamin Newland & Tracy Dang
The Texas Department of Transportation said construction of direct connectors between Interstate 10 and Grand Parkway is on schedule and should be complete by the end of this year. One connector would take travelers on the Interstate 10 westbound lanes to the Grand Parkway southbound lanes. The other would take travelers on the Grand Parkway northbound lanes to the Interstate 10 eastbound lanes.
Public information officer Danny Perez said the connectors will cost roughly $29 million, but the investment may prove worth it for area drivers who face the traffic at the intersection. “The addition of these ramps will significantly help the flow of traffic, by reducing the traffic volumes at the current SH 99/IH 10 frontage road signalized intersections,” Perez said.
“Many motorists who currently go through the signalized intersections will now have an uninterrupted flow from the current SH 99 corridor to and from IH 10 east of SH 99,” he said.
Although the intersection was closed for three consecutive weekends in July, it remained opened last weekend. Closures will be posted at http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/construction/construction_report.aspx.
In addition, TxDOT is constructing main lane decks to connect Grand Parkway South to the northern section of the road as a part of Section E, which will extend Grand Parkway to Highway 290.
“Excluding the two direct connectors that will be complete by the end of this year, all additions to the current SH 99 corridor will be tolled,” Perez said.
However, he emphasized that none of the existing portions of Grand Parkway will have a toll.