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: