Sugarland is one of the major areas affected by the Texas Transportation Commission approved expansion of SH 99, or Grand Parkway during 2012 and it is pushing along as scheduled. Authority was received from the 82nd Texas Legislature under Senate Bill 1420. Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders has been awarded the design, develop and construct responsibilities.
The next phase of the massive 184-mile outer beltway that includes the seven-county Houston metropolitan area will provide Texans a third major loop option to travel around the city. Jeff Moseley (Texas transportation commissioner) stated “This is a major advancement, increasing mobility for motorists in the Greater Houston metropolitan area; and, he further commented on what is considered a very innovative financial approach to bring the project into fruition on a fast-track).
In July 2012, a rare find that is part of the environmental process delayed progress of the project. An archaeologist confirmed the finding of prehistoric human remains located about two feet below the surface.
The Texas Transportation Commission has already set the toll rate for automobiles on The Grand Parkway at 17.7 cents per mile for automobiles. Larger vehicles will pay more the trip from I-10 West to Interstate 45. Much construction and expansion is already under way in sugarland where the construction of The Grand Parkway (I-10W to US 290 segment) is expected to be complete and open by 2015.