The Fort Bend County Engineering Department has begun new road construction in Katy.

The county broke ground Feb. 18 on a project to widen Cane Island Parkway between I-10 and FM 1463, Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers said.

The $6.3 million project entails widening the two-lane road into a four-lane road with a median and drainage improvements, county assistant engineer Ike Akinwande said. Additionally, crews will improve Cane Island Parkway’s intersections at I-10 and at FM 1463, Meyers said.

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court awarded a $4.6 million construction contract on Feb. 11 to James Construction Group LLC to oversee the project.

Akinwande said construction will last about 10 months with an estimated completion date for the first quarter of 2021.

The widening project is funded by Fort Bend County’s 2017 voter-approved mobility bond.

This is the second phase for Cane Island Parkway, Akinwande said. The first $8.7 million phase extended Cane Island Parkway from I-10 to FM 1463. According to previous Community Impact Newspaper reporting, this new two-lane concrete road broke ground in July 2017 and opened to traffic Aug. 31, 2018.

This second phase for Cane Island will help relieve traffic by widening the road and adding new turn lanes at major intersections, Akinwande and Meyers said.

“This route has seen tremendous traffic since it opened—demonstrating [its] huge value to the community and to the retail growth that has come into the corridor,” Meyers said in a blog post.