A crowd of local officials gathered to officially open a new bridge over the Flat Bank Creek Diversion Channel to connect Fort Bend’s two premier master-planned communities, Sienna Plantation and Riverstone.
The new bridge connects Sienna Springs Road in Sienna Plantation to LJ Parkway in Riverstone, thereby creating a regional connection to both communities and an alternative to Highway 6. LJ Parkway is named after Larry Johnson, founder of The Johnson Development Corp., the developer of both Sienna Plantation and Riverstone.
The structure officially opened when Larry Johnson and Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert each drove golf carts across the bridge for the ceremonial “first drive.” Residents from both Sienna Plantation and Riverstone also were on hand to express their support of the bridge that is expected to significantly reduce commute times.
“It’s going to make a huge difference in the drive to our schools, shopping areas and employment centers,” noted Sienna Plantation resident Richard Muller. “It’s a life changer for residents of both Sienna Plantation and Riverstone.”
The bridge also provides a second route to the Fort Bend Parkway which currently is being extended from Highway 6 to Sienna Parkway, just south of the Sienna Springs Road intersection.
Sienna Plantation and Riverstone are among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities. Riverstone ranked #8 and Sienna Plantation #13 in the mid-year 2013 report by Metrostudy.