MAP: What's happening with Katy area transportation projects?

Westpark Tollway extension/FM 1093 widening

Westpark Tollway extension/FM 1093 widening

Read the latest updates on various road projects in and around Katy, including which projects were set back by Tropical Storm Harvey:

Completed Project


Morton Road expansion
The 1-mile section of Morton Road between Katy Hockley Cut Off and Katy Hockley roads has been widened from two to four lanes of concrete-paved road. Two-way traffic was open on the roadway as of August.
Timeline: December 2015-August 2017
Cost: $7.56 million
Funding sources: city of Katy, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County



Project Updates


Cane Island Parkway project
Two lanes of concrete road will be constructed on Cane Island Parkway between Willow Fork and FM 1463, as well as a new concrete bridge and channel improvements. The 600-foot-long bridge is under construction and a storm sewer drainage pipe is being installed. The project completion date will likely be delayed at least two weeks due to Tropical Storm Harvey in late August; however, a new completion date has not been approved.
Timeline: July 2017-April 2018
Cost: $9 million
Funding sources: Fort Bend County, city of Katy, Ventana Development

Westpark Tollway extension/FM 1093 widening
Phase 1 of the project is on schedule while Phase 2 mainly focuses on FM 1093, which will be a two-lane frontage road in each direction. Westpark Tollway will be extended west from the Grand Parkway to west of the Cross Creek Ranch community in Fulshear. The project suffered no damage from Tropical Storm Harvey, but crews will likely be delayed about two weeks. Construction now primarily includes main tollway paving and road markings, installing signage and toll gantries—the overhead structures that hold tolling equipment.
Timeline: February 2016-February 2018
Cost: $3 million
Funding sources: Fort Bend County Assistance District 1, Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority, Emergency Services District 100, Texas Department of Transportation

Downtown Katy Plaza
The project to renovate streets and sidewalks around the future plaza next to Katy City Hall began Phase 2 work in late June. Flooding occurred around Second and Third streets during Tropical Storm Harvey but it is unknown whether that affected the project timeline.
Timeline: January-September 2017
Cost: $3 million
Funding sources: city of Katy


Tolls waived after Tropical Storm Harvey,  advice for drivers with rental and new cars


With evacuees and out-of-state volunteers alike flocking to the Greater Houston area’s toll roads during and after Tropical Storm Harvey, the Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County Toll Road Authority and Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority each suspended tolls in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties for several weeks until mid September.


HCTRA began waiving the fees Aug. 27, when rains were still flooding roadways. Tolls resumed Sept. 14 on all of the system’s roadways except Beltway 8 between Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 59.


Tolls on the Grand Parkway were also waived between its two intersections with Hwy. 59 in Sugar Land and Kingwood, as well as the segment between I-10 and Fisher Road in Chambers County. TxDOT waived the tolls from Aug. 27 to Sept. 14.


For drivers using rental or new cars after tolls resumed, HCTRA recommended those with existing EZ TAG accounts to add their current vehicle license plate to avoid receiving a bill in the mail.


Temporary vehicles can be added online via the “EZ Plate” feature, which eliminates the need for the EZ TAG on the windshield on HCTRA roads only.


Drivers without existing EZ TAG accounts can use the EZ TAG Express app for iOS and Android devices to set up an account using their license plate for HCTRA roads only. More information is available at www.hctra.org



MOST RECENT

L1 Foot and Bodyworks is now open at 23112 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. (Courtesy L1 Foot and Bodyworks)
L1 Foot and Bodyworks now open in Katy

The business offers Swedish massages, deep-tissue massages and reflexology as well as a variety of combination packages.

There are more than 400 board games available to play at Battlehops Brewing. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
Family-owned business brings beer, board games to Katy

Most people who walk into Battlehops Brewing in Old Katy say they have never seen so many board games in one place.

Maverick Remodeling and Construction employees use electronic gauges to determine how well a League City house that flooded from bust pipes is drying. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Freeze-damaged homes might qualify for property tax reduction

As of March 31, HCAD said it had only received about 150 applications for the exemption.

Money to begin the Wallis Street project was approved by voters in November as part of Fort Bend County’s $218.2 million mobility bond. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County transportation bond to fund ‘unique’ downtown Fulshear project

To improve mobility in downtown Fulshear for both cars and pedestrians, the city, along with Fort Bend County, is working to convert Wallis and Main streets into a one-way pair.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

The Houston-area wing restaurant will open a location in Katy at 22762 Westheimer Parkway this summer. (Courtesy Big City Wings)
Big City Wings location coming to Katy this summer

Big City Wings will offer a variety of wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, beer, and other drink and menu options.

Caroline Bordelon's son Caleb, 9, lives with autism. Caleb is nonverbal and has eloped from home many times. Upon learning about the Take Me Home program, Caroline immediately registered Caleb and said the program is greatly needed and gives her peace and comfort for her family. (Courtesy Hope For Three)
Fort Bend County program provides emergency assistance to residents with cognitive disabilities

A new program run through the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office is designed to give people with cognitive disabilities special assistance if they are found alone or in times of emergency.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
How Harris County residents can prepare for hurricane season

After the most active hurricane season on record in 2020, Harris County officials said residents should be prepared for the upcoming season starting June 1.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks at an April 19 press conference at a mass-vaccination site at NRG Park. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook Live).
Harris County accepting walk-ins for vaccine at NRG Park

As demand for vaccines has fallen, officials are looking for ways to make them more accessible.

Katy Wines and Spirits will be have a variety of wines and will carry liquor and other options. (Courtesy Creative Commons)
Katy Wines and Spirits coming soon to area

Katy Wines and Spirits will open a location at 5901 Highway Blvd., Katy, this summer.