Transportation

Fort Bend County Hopes New Project Will Ease Traffic Congestion

It could be years before construction starts on a segment of the Grand Parkway toll road in Fort Bend County. But drivers can now start using one of the frontage roads.

Fort Bend County officials cut the ribbon for the new Grand Parkway frontage road.
Fort Bend County officials cut the ribbon for the new Grand Parkway frontage road.

You can now take the Grand Parkway between U.S. 59 Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 Eastex Freeway. But there are several segments that still haven’t been built, like the part between U.S. 59 and State Highway 288.

Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison says it’s not really what they need right now.

“What that portion of the county needs is local roads to be able to relieve the tremendous congestion we have there on Crabb River Road,” says Morrison.  

Crabb River Road hooks up with U.S. 59 and it also serves George Ranch High School. Morrison says the traffic volume has nearly tripled over the past two decades.

“At that intersection there is just a huge pile-up during rush hour,” adds Morrison. “In the morning and the evening.”

So to get local traffic flowing, Fort Bend County has moved ahead on what will eventually be the Grand Parkway frontage roads. They run from U.S. 59 to Sansbury, a distance of just under a mile.

A new three-lane road opened this week to serve southbound commuters. Existing Crabb River Road is also being converted to a northbound frontage road.

“Once we get the other side completed and that road completely opened up, I think it’s going to cause traffic to loosen up all up and down Crabb River Road,” says Morrison.

The frontage road project costs about $8 million and it was paid for with local money. There are also plans to widen the road further south, and that project would use federal funds.

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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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