TxDOT has recently cleared a vast swath of forest stretching 13 miles east of US59 to lay the groundwork for the next section of the Grand Parkway.
Almost 25X larger than 610 Loop
When complete, the Grand Parkway will form the third ring around Houston.
- 610 formed the first ring. It has a perimeter of 37 miles and encompasses an area of 94 square miles.
- Beltway 8 formed the second ring. It has a perimeter of 87 miles and encompasses an area of 535 square miles.
- The Grand Parkway, when complete, will have a perimeter of 180 miles with an area of 2274 square miles.
That’s almost 25 times larger than the Loop 610 ring.
Map of Completed/Incomplete Segments
The TxDOT map below shows the completed (open) and incomplete (under construction) segments of the Grand Parkway (SH99).
More about Section H
Section H runs north and east of the Lake Houston area through sparsely populated areas that drain back toward Lake Houston. The major streams: White Oak Creek, Peach Creek, Caney Creek, San Jacinto East Fork and Luce Bayou.
Recent Aerial Photos Show Status of Construction
Here’s a look at the status of construction between US59 and Plum Grove Road. All aerial photos taken March 6, 2020.
One Quarter of Loop Stretches Through 4 Counties
Combined, Segments H and I-1 will stretch 37.5-miles. It will be a controlled-access toll road with intermittent frontage roads from US 59 North (the Eastex Freeway) near New Caney to US 90 near Dayton to I-10 East (the East Freeway) near Mont Belvieu. This segment of the new road will stretch through four countries: Montgomery, Harris, Liberty, and Chambers.
Already, TxDOT is expanding the section between FM2100 and Huffman Cleveland Road to handle anticipated traffic. And it hasn’t even been built yet!
One of the avowed goals of this project: to foster economic development. It’s certainly going to do that. All those people who moved to Porter and New Caney for a rustic lifestyle on large lots nestled away in the woods, will soon see changes. Your new neighbor could be Perry Homes and the next Woodridge Village or Artavia.
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Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/26/2020
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