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Who builds and maintains roads in unincorporated areas?

Driving around the Katy area, you may notice some roads stop abruptly and start again just as suddenly on the other side of a development or open field. Roads inside Katy city limits are maintained by the city, but the city of Katy is actually a small part of what the post office defines as “Katy.”

Areas outside the city limits are unincorporated and maintained by county entities and private developers. In most cases, developers build and maintain all the roads within their communities, and there may be a partnership between the developer and the county to build roads between developments.

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5 things in Richmond to look for in 2017

Residential, commercial developments ramp up in Richmond

1. Large-scale commercial developments set to launch across Richmond area

2. Road improvements to ease congestion

What we reported
Traffic volumes are expected to rise as much as 42 percent in parts of the Richmond area by 2025. The Texas Department of Transportation began work on I-69 and Hwy. 90A to ease traffic congestion.TxDoT is adding lanes to I-69 in four segments, including two HOV lanes between the Grand Parkway and FM 762. Road improvements will also continue along Hwy. 90A and the Grand Parkway.

The latest An overpass is underway at Hwy. 90A and FM 359. Comcast is currently working to relocate utilities, TxDOT Public Information Officer Deidrea George said.“[We] are making great progress with the aerial and underground work and should be complete with relocations by the end of January,” she said. A Crabb River Road project from I-69 to Sansbury Boulevard is also almost complete and will help alleviate north-south traffic from I-69, said Mike Stone, CEO of the Fort Bend County Toll Authority.

What’s next Traffic problems at I-69 and the Grand Parkway could also be alleviated soon, as Stone said the FBCTA is looking at an expansion. “We’re looking at adding an additional lane when you come off of the Grand Parkway and get off going to [I-69],” Stone said.

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