UPDATE: Construction on Grand Parkway bridges to temporarily shut down Hwy. 59 main lanes in New Caney

Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC will begin the construction of the Grand Parkway bridges on April 17. (Courtesy Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC)
Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC will begin the construction of the Grand Parkway bridges on April 17. (Courtesy Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC)

Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC will begin the construction of the Grand Parkway bridges on April 17. (Courtesy Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC)

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Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC will begin the construction of the Grand Parkway bridges on April 17. (Courtesy Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC)
Updated 11 a.m. April 15:

Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC, the contractor of the Texas Department of Transportation's Grand Parkway expansion project, announced revised lane closures for the rest of April, per an April 13 news release.

Originally, all southbound main lanes on Hwy. 59 were set to close April 17, while all northbound main lanes were to close April 18. GPI has made several changes to the road closure schedule for the Grand Parkway bridge over Hwy. 59.

The revised closure schedule is as follows:

  • 8 p.m.-5 a.m. April 17: Two Hwy. 59 southbound main lanes will close near the bridge construction, and the southbound frontage road will close between the Grand Parkway eastbound and westbound frontage roads.

  • 8 p.m.-5 a.m. April 18: All southbound main lanes on Hwy. 59 will close from south of Walton Avenue to just north of FM 1314.

  • 8 p.m.-5 a.m. April 19: Two Hwy. 59 northbound main lanes near Community Drive will close, while the northbound frontage road ramp to Hwy. 59 will also close.

  • 8 p.m.-5 a.m. April 24: All northbound lanes will close from just north of FM 1314 to north of the the Grand Parkway and Hwy. 59 overpass.

  • 8 p.m.-5 a.m. April 25: The Hwy. 59 northbound frontage road will close.


Original post April 7:

As the Texas Department of Transportation moves forward on its $855 million project to expand the Grand Parkway from New Caney to Baytown, some Hwy. 59 lanes will temporarily shut down to allow construction crews to build bridges over the highway.


The work will be done in several phases over the next three to four months beginning on April 17-18, according to an April 3 news release from Grand Parkway Infrastructure, LLC, the contractor of the TxDOT project. During construction, portions of the Hwy. 59 frontage roads as well as northbound and southbound main lanes will be closed to traffic, per the release.

The first set of main lane closures will be the southbound lanes from just south of Walton Avenue to just north of FM 1314 on April 17 between 8 p.m.-5 a.m.; the southbound closure will begin at the FM 1314 and Porter/Conroe exit. The second set of main lane closures will be northbound lanes from just north of FM 1314 to north of the the Grand Parkway and Hwy. 59 overpass on April 18 between 8 p.m.-5 a.m; the northbound closure will begin at the Community Drive exit.

GPI Public Relations Manager Chris Neil said via email that all closures scheduled after April 18 will be posted on the project website, media advisories and on social media accounts. However, he did that the lanes will close periodically over the next few months.

"These lanes will be closed periodically when the crews engage in a number of critical activities, such as erecting bridge beams, setting deck panels, pouring concrete, installing railings and other miscellaneous activities," he said.

Grand Parkway segments H, I-1 and I-2—which span a 52.8-mile corridor—are set to open in spring 2022. For more information on the project, visit sh99grandparkway.com.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.