League City City Council on June 28 unanimously passed a resolution supporting the construction of Segment B of the Grand Parkway. Other groups across Brazoria and Galveston counties, including the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, have recently signed their own resolutions supporting the project, League City Mayor Pat Hallisey said.
“We need to get this done. It’s too important to everybody,” he said.
Grand Parkway would be the third loop in addition to 610 and Beltway 8 and would go through several counties surrounding Harris County. Most of the Grand Parkway is complete, but segments A, B and C—stretching from Hwy. 146 west through Brazoria County to I-69 in Fort Bend County—have yet to be constructed to complete the loop.
“This has a big bearing on ability to escape storms that come here,” Hallisey said of Segment B, which would run from Hwy. 288 in Brazoria County to I-45 in League City. “It has a big opportunity for economic development along the west side.”
Additionally, about 60% of League City’s workforce travels outside of League City for work, and most go to the energy corridor in northwest Harris County. The Grand Parkway could benefit these commuters, Hallisey said.
Hallisey said there is momentum for area leaders to go to a Texas Department of Transportation meeting in July to advocate for the Grand Parkway’s completion. Bay Area officials are trying to promote how important the project to the area and let elected officials know they must “quit playing politics” to get the work started, Hallisey said.
TxDOT in 2019 considered removing a few segments of the Grand Parkway from its long-term projects plan. Bay Area officials rallied to get TxDOT to keep the segments in the plan.