Motorists in north Houston who were expecting to use the city’s third outer loop by early 2016 will have to wait a few more months. Contractor Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders has announced segments F-1, F-2 and G of the Grand Parkway will open sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
Originally planned for completion by the end of 2015, segments F-1 and F-2 of the Grand Parkway will consist of tolled roadway from Hwy. 290 to I-45, while Segment G will connect I-45 and
Hwy. 59 when completed. Construction of the $1 billion tollway has been funded and overseen by the Texas Department of Transportation.
The Grand Parkway segments will provide additional roadway capacity to help alleviate increased traffic, Zachry-Odebrecht officials said. Construction of the project has been hampered due to recent weather conditions.
Although the project has been delayed, Zachry-Odebrecht achieved a significant milestone in December by setting all of the beams and bridge decks for the project. A total of 121 bridge decks and 3,802 concrete beams were set for the toll road, officials said.
A project conceived more than 50 years ago, the more than 200-mile tollway will become Houston’s third outer loop when completed. Segment E of the Grand Parkway, from I-10 to Hwy. 290, was completed in December 2013.