The Grand Parkway / SH 99 from Eastex Freeway in New Caney to SH 146 in Baytown have opened to traffic!
It was closed for most of the morning hours, because several approvals needed to happen before crews gradually opened the highway. Officials told us, the new stretch of pavement should open to drivers before the day ended. Once open, folks can use it for free until the tolls begin at midnight on Saturday, May 21.
The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 18, but it was still considered a construction zone until lanes opened on Thursday.
Work started on this section of tollway back in 2018, and residents in the area are thrilled to see it finally open, with comments on Facebook reading:
- “...Woooo Hooooo best news I’ve heard all day! I go that way tomorrow so hope it helps!” Wendy Foster
- “I’m so excited! We travel north to Hwy 59 and I45 often. This will cut our travel time for sure!” Karen Browne Johnson
This project spans from Harris, Montgomery, Liberty and Chambers county, marking the continuation of the construction of this 184 mile highway loop around the Greater Houston area -- which by the way -- makes it the biggest highway loop in the nation!
I know some will be tempted to zoom through on this brand spankin’ new pavement, but remember BE SAFE! Drive carefully and stay off your cell phones.
Drive safely my friends :)
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