KATY, Texas – The outskirts of Houston keep on booming and this time, we’re focusing on Katy. Katy’s population has nearly doubled since 2010, growing at about 10% each year.
You can really see this growth with the amount of new master-planned communities lining the Katy Freeway and the Grand Parkway. One of the most recent developments in the area: Elyson, which is located along the Grand Parkway and FM 529.
The Texas Department of Transportation is certainly aware of this growth and is working to upgrade the roadways in the area to accommodate all of the extra traffic. First on the list is FM 529. Though this work isn’t happening any time soon, in fact, it is at least six years away from breaking ground, the improvements, once the work is done, should be significant.
- FM 529 on the developed side will go from a two-lane road to a six-lane roadway, with a raised median between SH-99 and Katy Hockley Cut Off-Road.
- This would also include a 10-foot shared-use path on both sides of the roadway.
- The rural section of FM 529 will turn into a four-lane roadway, with a raised median between Katy Hockley Cut Off Road and FM 362.
- Sidewalks are also planned for this section on both sides of the road.
The price tag on this project is approximately $123.4 million made up of federal and state funding.