Non-stop US 59 to I-10 completed
Last of Grand Parkway toll overpasses open
By Elsa Maxey
A ribbon cutting between Bellaire Blvd. and Westpark Tollway next to the Shops at Bella Terra between Sugar Land and Katy marks the opening of another toll overpass on what is known as Segment D of the Grand Parkway in Fort Bend County.
The event last Friday, April 11, featured a ceremonial stage in front of the overpass, now open to southbound traffic from the Westpark Tollway/FM 1093 to U.S. 59. Northbound traffic can already travel from U.S. 59 to West Belfort, and a remaining northbound section between Bellaire and the Westpark Tollway is scheduled to open this week.
“There are a lot of people who had a hand in making this project come to fruition,” said Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert at the ribbon cutting about the segment’s impending completion. “A very necessary improvement to traffic flow,” he said, as there will be no traffic lights on the road with the overpasses for EZ tag motorists traveling on the non-stop thoroughfare. This direct connection between U.S. 59 and IH 10 will relieve traffic on the feeder roads in an area that continues to expand commercially and residentially.
Managed by Fort Bend County through the Fort Bend Toll Road Authority, the improvements to Segment D with the nine new overpasses, bridges and seven toll locations include about 18 miles of new main lane pavement costing $2.45 to drive on the entire tolled section one-way and less for traveling on sections of the road. Access to motorists on roads without tolls, however, remains in the same area as a free option with traffic lights at some locations, just as feeder roads operate.
As it continues to improve traffic mobility, Fort Bend County is reportedly working on designs on another segment of the Grand Parkway to connect U.S. 59 in Sugar Land to Highway 288 for an eventual hook up to the Fort Bend Parkway in Missouri City.
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