Officials Seek Bids for Further Grand Parkway Construction

As construction continues on a new portion of the Grand Parkway from Interstate 10 north to U.S. 290, officials are soliciting bids for construction of three more segments that will extend the road to U.S. 59.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a final request for proposals for construction of three segments of the Grand Parkway, with five companies shortlisted to design and build the project. Proposals are due in August, with construction anticipated to start in January. July 2015 is the projected opening date.

“This benefits not only Bridgeland, but the entire region,” says Peter Houghton, vice president of master-planned communities. “The Grand Parkway is an important component in Houston’s mobility plan and we are thrilled to see progress on Segment E, as well as the additional portions that will bring us within 35 minutes of the Energy Corridor, the new ExxonMobil campus and the Bush Intercontinental Airport.”

The three additional segments to be built total 38 miles and include Segment F1, from U.S. 290 to State Highway 249 in Tomball; Segment F2, from State Highway 249 in Tomball to Interstate 45 in Spring; and Segment G, from Interstate 45 in Spring east to U.S. 59 in New Caney.

“Construction of these additional segments were green-lighted after ExxonMobil’s announcement that it would build a new campus on 385 acres it owns near the intersection of Interstate 45 and the Hardy Toll Road,” Houghton says. “The Grand Parkway’s 2015 opening date in that area is timed to coincide with when the company expects its campus to be fully operational.”

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