Fort Bend County Breaks Ground on the Grand Parkway Segment DMain Lane Overpasses
Fort Bend County officials joined by the Board of Directors of the Toll Road Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation broke ground Thursday, August 11, 2011 on the Fort Bend County Grand Parkway / State Highway 99 Segment D “main lane overpasses.” The ceremony took place at the intersection of SH99 and West Airport at 6:00 P.M. There were approximately 50 guests in attendance.
The overall project calls for the construction of nine tolled overpasses in Phase I from the Westpark Toll Road south to US 59. The first two overpasses to be built include West Airport Boulevard and West Riverpark Drive. The remaining overpasses will begin construction during late spring / early summer of 2012. Once the project is complete, motorists may elect to take the tolled overpasses that are unimpeded by traffic lights or continue to use the frontage roads that exist today and avoid paying a toll. All tolls must be paid electronically by use of the EZ-TAG system.
County Judge Bob Hebert stated, “Fort Bend County Commissioners Court assumed local primacy over Segment D of the Grand Parkway nearly two years ago in order to expedite adding the extra high-speed capacity needed to meet the tremendous increases in daily traffic along the segment. This project will efficiently add that new capacity.”