Fort Bend Parkway extension project to improve local mobility by 2014

The Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road extension B project, which will connect Sienna Parkway in Missouri City to Hwy. 6, is on schedule to be completed by early 2014. The $20 million project is expected to allow for increased mobility and development in east Fort Bend County and provide a new thoroughfare for residents.

"From a mobility standpoint, [the project] allows more traffic flow to the area and away from Hwy. 6," Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery said.

Extension B of the Fort Bend Parkway was put to bid April 2012 and was awarded to James Construction Group. Work on the extension began over the summer. The new section of the toll road is being constructed as a two-lane roadway to coincide with the existing road.

The Fort Bend Parkway will eventually cross the Brazos River and connect with the Grand Parkway in southwest Fort Bend County. A timeline for this portion of the project has not been released, and the Fort Bend Toll Road Authority is in the process of studying the financial feasibility of the extension, said Rich Muller, attorney with the Allen Boone Humphries Robinson law firm and representative of the Fort Bend Parkway extension project.

In coming years, Fort Bend Parkway is expected to continue through the undeveloped stretch of land west of Sienna Parkway. Once completed, this corridor would provide congestion relief along Hwy. 6 and allow for increased mobility and development in east Fort Bend County, said Scott Elmer, assistant city manager of Missouri City.

"By connecting these residents to [the Grand Parkway] through that undeveloped stretch of land, [the project] will open up a whole new area for development," he said.

Extension B of the parkway will implement one toll plaza between Hwy. 6 and Sienna Parkway with a proposed toll cost of $0.40. The Fort Bend Parkway was opened between Beltway 8 and Hwy. 6 in 2004 and consists of one main lane toll plaza with major interchanges at Hwy. 6, Lake Olympia Parkway and FM 2234. Only motorists with an EZ-Tag can access the road.



MOST RECENT

Houston City Hall in rainbow lighting
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of service

The organization is open to all and serves members throughout the Greater Houston area.

Fort Bend County residents will be notified via email, text message or phone call with information about their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. (Courtesy Pexels)
Fort Bend County announces new COVID-19 vaccination system

More Fort Bend County residents than before can now sign up and be placed on a waitlist for a COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to the county's new registration system.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact staff)
Fort Bend County surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases; testing slowed during winter storm

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has recorded 1,512 new coronavirus cases since the Feb. 15 winter storm that resulted in days of freezing temperatures and widespread power outages.

The new Fort Bend Epicenter multipurpose facility could be used as a spot for trade shows and sporting events, could act as a large-scale shelter for county residents in an emergency and more. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Large multipurpose complex coming to Fort Bend County; Sugar Land to widen University Blvd. and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

Traffic cone, hard hat, construction equipment, motor grader. (Courtesy Fotolia)
With eminent domain ongoing, construction pushed back on Knight Road extension in Missouri City

Once complete, Knight Road will connect the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road to McKeever Road.

Bounce Bounce Trampoline Park is slated to open in Missouri City this summer. (Courtesy Bounce Bounce)
Bounce Bounce Trampoline Park delays Missouri City opening until summer

When it opens this summer, the indoor activity park will feature wall-to-wall trampolines as well as trampoline sports courts, a foam pit, a zip line and other attractions.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.