Transportation

There’s A New Way To Get On I-10 Near Katy

Greater Houston keeps pushing to the west, and that means big traffic problems for areas that used to be rural but are now turning suburban. A new project is designed to bring some relief.

The area just outside the Grand Parkway near I-10 is getting a lot of new residential development and more is on the way. The Katy Area Economic Development Council says the population could grow to over 356,000 by 2020.  

But for a lot of folks near the new Cane Island Parkway, getting on the Katy Freeway has been a huge headache. There wasn’t any direct access, so they had to take U.S. 90 a few miles down the road to FM 1463.

Deidrea George with TxDOT says because of that lack of access, drivers had to endure big traffic delays.  

But the trip could get a lot easier, now that TxDOT has opened the new Cane Island overpass. It has ramps to the main lanes and it also takes traffic over the freeway.

“There was a need for this project,” says George. “The growth in that area and being able to access a major freeway with that overpass is going to go a long way.”

The overpass project cost $11 million. It was paid for with a mix of state and local funds.

See Fort Bend County’s Cane Island Parkway 2013 Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan Amendment Request below:

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2775903-Cane-Island-Parkway.html

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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