Fort Bend

Fort Bend Toll Road Authority expects over $105 million in revenue for 2024

The toll road authority estimates that its operating expenses for the fiscal year will be around $54 million, leaving excess revenue of roughly $50 million.

Fort Bend County officials cut the ribbon for the new Grand Parkway frontage road.
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Fort Bend County officials cut the ribbon for a Grand Parkway frontage road during a 2016 ceremony.

The Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority is projecting more than $105 million in revenue this fiscal year.

It hopes to complete major projects on the Fort Bend Parkway, the Grand Parkway and the Westpark Tollway this year.

The toll road authority estimates that its operating expenses for the fiscal year will be around $54 million, leaving excess revenue of roughly $50 million.

"Fort Bend County Toll Road, which would be West Park and the from Harris County Down to Sienna is about 57, almost 58% of our total revenue," said James Thompson, the executive director of the Toll Road Authority. "And Grand Parkway is about 42%."

As part of their projects, the Toll Road Authority hopes to complete a study to assess the best path for Fort Bend Toll Road, south of the Brazos River. The path of that tollway has been highly contested in the past, causing debate among landowners, developers and nearby residents.

The Signorelli Company, a developer based in The Woodlands, wants the tollway to intersect with the Grand Parkway in its major upcoming master-planned community, Austin Point. Meanwhile, representatives from the George Foundation, a local philanthropy group, want the two toll roads to intersect on their land, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The toll road authority also hopes to start construction on the West Parkway extension and continue building part of the Grand Parkway. The organization also plans to complete flyovers on both the east and west sides of the West Park Tollway near the Grand Parkway North.

Another major project involves the completion of a toll road bridge over the Brazos River, at Sienna, a major master-planned community.

Thompson said the toll road projects will help the flow of traffic throughout Fort Bend County.

"I’m not sure that our toll road will actually increase development because all that’s already taken place," he said. "What that will do is eliminate commute time and be more efficient."