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Author Topic: Houston: Grand Parkway segment B gets record of decision  (Read 4431 times)

MaxConcrete

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Re: Houston: Grand Parkway segment B gets record of decision
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2020, 10:29:23 PM »

So, in all likelihood, will all segments of 99 be built, and if so, will 99 be a complete loop?
-What will happen to SH 146?  Will that be co-signed with 99, or re-signed as 99, or will 99 'end' at 146?

I think that segment A will never get built. It's just too unfeasible. I think segments B and C will get built considering how northern Brazoria County is booming, but 99 won't be a complete loop.

146 will probably get widened in Kemah eventually, but nothing else.

Construction is in progress to upgrade SH 146 to a freeway through Seabrook and Kemah, including a new bridge over the Clear Lake channel. There are plans to extend the freeway to south of SH 96. Going further south past SH 96, it is planned to be a 6 lane divided highway.

I don't know what the chances of are of Grand Parkway section A being built. As for sections B and C, last year TxDOT attempted to delete them from the 10-year plan (the UTP), and there was an outpouring of support in favor of the project, so TxDOT restored them to the plan. Strangely, sections B and C are absent from the 2021 draft UTP. I don't know if that means the project is delayed/suspended, or if work is continuing behind the scenes. Since the project has always been planned to be tolled, and any budget reductions at TxDOT should not threaten the project.

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Re: Houston: Grand Parkway segment B gets record of decision
« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2020, 10:55:20 AM »

If they are upgrading 146 then

-Why not build segment A
-Why not re-sign 146 as 99?
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Re: Houston: Grand Parkway segment B gets record of decision
« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2020, 02:52:17 PM »

If they are upgrading 146 then

-Why not build segment A
-Why not re-sign 146 as 99?

There are a lot of homes and businesses between where segment B meets I-45 and SH146. Certainly it would be unfeasible for segment A to follow FM646 to SH146.
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Re: Houston: Grand Parkway segment B gets record of decision
« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2020, 12:11:12 AM »

If they are upgrading 146 then

-Why not build segment A
-Why not re-sign 146 as 99?

There are a lot of homes and businesses between where segment B meets I-45 and SH146. Certainly it would be unfeasible for segment A to follow FM646 to SH146.

Itís interesting because Highway 96, just to the north, has plenty of ROW to build a limited access highway east of Highway 3. I remember when 96 was being built and wondering if it was the Grand Parkway.

If they can figure out a way to utilize the 96 ROW for Segment A and swing it down to meet up with Segment B, they can avoid a lot of businesses and homes, but I think either way, itís unavoidable that some will need to be removed.
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Re: Houston: Grand Parkway segment B gets record of decision
« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2020, 04:48:16 PM »

Quote from: MaxConcrete
Construction is in progress to upgrade SH 146 to a freeway through Seabrook and Kemah, including a new bridge over the Clear Lake channel. There are plans to extend the freeway to south of SH 96. Going further south past SH 96, it is planned to be a 6 lane divided highway.

For TX-146 going South of the intersection with TX-96, I hope TX DOT at least builds the 6-lane divided highway in a manner where it can be upgraded into a limited access highway later. That would take into consideration possible development farther South. Hopefully they'll preserve as much ROW as possible.

The junction between I-45, TX-6 and TX-146 is an important one. I think TX-146 is worthy of a freeway upgrade going by the oil refineries in Texas City. It has a short freeway segment from the FM-1764 freeway intersection up to TX-197. Then TX-146 is a wide, divided road with a freeway-wide median. Overall TX-146 wouldn't be all that difficult to upgrade from Kemah down to I-45. I would expect some travelers wanting to visit tourist spots in Kemah, Seabrook and down in Galveston to use TX-146 as a back door in order to avoid Houston.
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