5 transportation updates to know in Sugar Land and Missouri City

1) Fort Bend Parkway Segment B-2 extension

This is part of the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority’s four-phase, multiyear project to connect Fort Bend Parkway at Sienna Parkway in Missouri City to the Grand Parkway. The first phase, Segment B-1, from Hwy. 6 to Sienna Parkway, opened for traffic in 2012.

Design work for Segment B-2 is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed in 2020, according to Sherrie Knoepfel, communications coordinator for the FBCTRA.

“This is the last segment before it crosses the Brazos River,” Knoepfel said. “We are going to be starting to clear the right of way sometime this summer and begin design in late summer or early fall. We expect the design to be completed in 2020.”

Construction of an overpass over Sienna Parkway and the new road segment is scheduled to begin in 2021 and will take 16-20 months to complete, she said. Segment B-2 is scheduled to open in late 2022 or early 2023.

Timeline: summer 2019 (design)-2023

Cost: $22 million

Funding source: 2012 toll road revenue bonds

2) Settlers Park Green Fields west drainage improvements

This project includes replacement of existing stormwater pipes along Green Fields Drive, new street construction, and replacement of sidewalks and water mains. It will reduce street ponding depth and duration in the Settlers Park neighborhood during major storm events.

Timeline: early 2020-early 2021

Cost: $5.6 million

Funding source: city of Sugar Land

3) Knight Road extension

This project will extend Knight Road from Fort Bend Parkway to McKeever Road. Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates Inc. was selected for design, which is ongoing. Construction is estimated to bid in the fall.

Timeline: fall 2019-fall 2020

Cost: $6 million

Funding sources: city of Missouri City, Fort Bend County Mobility Bond Program

4) Independence Boulevard, Segment 2

The city of Missouri City will reconstruct the existing two-lane concrete roadway into a four-lane divided concrete curb-and-gutter roadway, using the existing closed-conduit storm system from Moore Road to South Revolution Way.

Timeline: summer 2019-summer 2020

Cost: $2.5 million

Funding sources: city of Missouri City, Fort Bend County

5) Seventh Street reconstruction

Installation of a drainage-relief line through the city-owned Baker Field baseball field started in June and will guide water away from the street. The westbound lane from Sugar Land Middle School to West Green Belt Drive is closed through Aug. 14, according to the city of Sugar Land.

Timeline: June 2019-May 2020

Cost: $3.4 million

Funding source: city of Sugar Land

By Christine Hall

Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.


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