Harris County Toll Road Authority moves forward on Critical Mobility Project

First Major facelift in more than two decades

By Samantha Ptashkin - Reporter

HOUSTON - If you use the Hardy Toll Road, get ready for some closures as crews work on a major expansion project.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority has already started work on a nine project plan that will hopefully ease congestion.  It is the first extensive overhaul in the 27-year history of the corridor.

The first project began in January 2015 when the HCTRA started work on a new interchange at the Grand Parkway.  The interchange will include four single-lane director connectors from northbound Hardy to east and west on the Grand Parkway, and east and westbound from the Grand Parkway to southbound on the Hardy Toll Road.

Other improvements include adding one lane of traffic in both directions between FM 1960 and the Grand Parkway, maintenance work on all eight bridges and re-striping and signing of the entire corridor.

"We're overall just trying to enhance the commute," said Quinton Alberto of the HCTRA.

Another change included in the plan is that drivers will only be able to use their EZ Tags on the toll road.  They will not be able to use cash. 

All projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.  

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