Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the population of Missouri City jumped about 2.6 percent between 2010 and 2012.
The community now has about 69,000 people. That means more traffic on busy arteries like the Texas Parkway, which links up with the Fort Bend Toll Road.
Missouri City Assistant City Manager Scott Elmer says the parkway was built as FM 2234 when the community was much smaller. Now it's having a tough time handling the current volume of traffic.
"We've had residential come in in that section; we've had additional commercial come in on that section. And then when the Fort Bend Parkway, the Fort Bend Toll Road opened, that also had an exit onto Texas Parkway."
A project, named the Texas Parkway Widening Project, is now getting underway to build an additional lane in each direction on a two-mile stretch between Cartwright and Turtle Creek. TxDOT will also add a median and reconfigure the left turn lanes.
"You know, you can enter and exit those turn lanes pretty much at any point. Once you get higher levels of traffic, those turn lanes become a safety issue that the esplanades will mitigate."
Elmer says one lane will stay open in each direction during construction.
The contractor has a year to complete that project, which also improvements all the way to the Fort Bend Toll Road.
Texas Parkway will be widened between Cartwright and Turtle Creek. Photo courtesy City of Missouri City.