Hwy. 6 road-widening project in Sugar Land experiences delays

Crews at Hwy. 6 and Town Center Boulevard are preparing to pour concrete for the new outermost, southbound lane. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Crews at Hwy. 6 and Town Center Boulevard are preparing to pour concrete for the new outermost, southbound lane. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Crews at Hwy. 6 and Town Center Boulevard are preparing to pour concrete for the new outermost, southbound lane. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The project will widen Hwy. 6 from six to eight lanes between Lexington Boulevard and Brooks Street.
The project to widen Hwy. 6 from six to eight lanes between Lexington Boulevard and Brooks Street in Sugar Land has experienced delays early on in construction.

The delays stem from underground utility conflicts the contractor discovered during excavation, according to Doug Adolph, Sugar Land’s media relations contact.

Adolph said the city, along with the utility company and the Texas Department of Transportation, has resolved the issue.

Construction is ongoing, and the city is not yet aware of the new timeline for completion.

Crews are working to pour concrete for the outside lane on the southbound side from Town Center Boulevard to Lexington.


City officials said the $12.1 million road-widening project, which is expected to be completed in December, is necessary to alleviate traffic in the area.

“Our residents continue to identify mobility as one of their top priorities,” City Engineer Jessie Li said in an email. “As one of the busiest intersections in our city, we have been working with the state to widen this important regional corridor.”

Li said the project to widen Hwy. 6 as well as the city’s adaptive traffic signal management initiative, which began several years ago, will promote better traffic movement in the area.

“Through that initiative and this planned widening, we anticipate great improvements to the level of service along this critical corridor in our community,” Li said in an email.
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By Claire Shoop

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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