U.S. Department of Transportation announces $605 million Grand Parkway loan

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Feb. 22 its Build America Bureau will loan up to $605 million toward building segments H and I of the Grand Parkway in Northeast Greater Houston, according to a press release.

“This government investment of $605 million will help regional and local agencies develop the infrastructure that best meets the needs of their communities, increase connectivity, alleviate congestion and enhance safety,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said in the release.

The Grand Parkway is a 184-mile tollway in the Greater Houston area that will loop through several counties surrounding Harris County. Segments H and I account for 43.6 miles of the total. Substantial completion of the project is expected by May 2022, according to the release.

The department’s loan will go to the Grand Parkway Transportation Corp., which was created to build and operate the Grand Parkway. The corporation financed the first five segments of the parkway with an $840.6 million loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to the release.

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  1. They need to start by removing the cable barrier in the median and replacing it with a proper solid barrier like I-10 and other modern highways have. The cable median barrier has already proven fatally inadequate. That was one cost cutting measure that proved disastrous.

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Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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