Galveston County commissioners have called on the Texas Department of Transportation to get moving on a long-stalled plan to build a major highway through part of League City.
Commissioners last week unanimously passed a resolution urging the transportation department to move “as quickly as possible” on a new segment of the Grand Parkway, the 170-mile long proposed beltway that has been under construction around Houston since 1994.
The beltway is planned to be built through part of League City. When that happens, local officials believe there will be a development boom in the fast-growing city in Galveston County.
In its resolution, the county said the highway would be a new, needed evacuation route from the area during natural disasters.
Local work on the beltway previously had been scheduled to begin this year, but in August state officials said the project might not begin until 2020 or later.
The county resolution states the project is being held up on “the state level,” but doesn’t elaborate more than that.
The resolution called on the state to complete a traffic revenue study and to share the information about that study with Galveston and Brazoria counties and “proceed expeditiously as possible to proceed with final design, right-of-way acquisition and construction.”
The resolution wasn’t the only instance of local officials talking progress about the highway project last week.
During a League City council meeting, Mayor Pat Hallisey said the city had heard that local work on the highway could begin soon.
“The governor and lieutenant governor are starting to lighten their grip,” Hallisey said. “The Grand Parkway will be coming.”
A Texas Department of Transportation spokesman last week said there was no new news to report on the project. The League City branch of the highway had been environmentally cleared, but has not been funded, spokesman Danny Perez said.
“While discussions will continue to take place in the future, there has been no movement forward on this segment,” Perez said.