Grand Parkway Infrastructure, TxDOT Mark Opening of New Segments of SH99 Grand Parkway
Segments H, I-1, and I-2 represent 53 miles of the 184-mile Grand Parkway highway project and connect communities across Montgomery, Harris, Liberty, and Chambers Counties, northeast of Houston. The newly completed corridor stretches from the US 59/I-69 interchange north/northeast of Houston to SH 146 in Baytown, east of Houston.
Segments D, E, F-1, F-2, and G, which travel through Fort Bend and Harris Counties and terminate in Montgomery County where Segment H begins, were completed from 1994 through 2016.
The scope of the project, at a total cost of $1.28 billion, included construction of new lanes and modernization of the existing tolling infrastructure. Over 375 land parcels were acquired, and 84 new or substantially reconstructed bridges were built as part of the project, which began in fall of 2018. TxDOT awarded the design-build construction contract to GPI, a joint venture led by global infrastructure leader, Ferrovial Construction, along with Webber LLC and Granite Construction, Inc., in March 2017.
The project was funded through a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the United States Department of Transportation, along with 2017 and 2013 Toll Road Revenue Bonds issued by the Grand Parkway Transportation Corporation (GPTC).
“This segment of the Grand Parkway will provide a link for communities and offer alternative routes for motorists who travel into and around the greater Houston area and the Southeast Texas region,” said Eliza Paul, TxDOT Houston District Engineer. “The entire Grand Parkway corridor is providing much-needed capacity to relieve local congestion.”
This project will reduce congestion, help bring people to the area, and meet transportation needs. “This is a huge step forward for the continued growth and economic development for Chambers and Liberty Counties, and we are looking forward to seeing the many positive impacts that this corridor will have throughout the years to come,” said Martin Gonzales, TxDOT Beaumont District Engineer.
When completed, the Grand Parkway will be the longest highway loop in the U.S., traversing seven counties. “It is rare to work on a project that has the potential for such significant impacts in terms of city-to-city and region-to-region connectivity, safety, and reliability for drivers, and economic growth opportunities,” said Javier Martin Gil, CEO of Grand Parkway Infrastructure. “This new corridor will greatly enhance the quality of life for residents and create growth potential for businesses for generations to come.”