GALVESTON

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.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Robert Braeking

The work on the 146 part of the parkway will begin next month. It will connect the league city terminus to Baytown. League city has already messed up the plan with the 10,000 traffic lights on 96, aptly named the League City PARK Way.

Randy Chapman

96 does not appear to be part of the proposed Parkway. http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/dmo/grand-parkway/map.pdf

Donald Roccaforte

Randy I believe you are partially correct. Below is the text taken directly from the TXDOT website. "Segment A, from SH 146 near San Leon to I-45 South (the Gulf Freeway) in League City through Galveston County, is currently not considered a viable project. However, a general location of where Segment A studies would occur (if the project were ever to be considered viable) is below.". https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh99-grand-parkway/overview/segment-a.html

Robert Braeking

Actually it is but veers off at FM 270. But who am I but a man who knows how to read a map.

James Reeves

Endless miles of strip malls, seedy motels, and car dealerships. I'm sure it will be a boom for somebody.

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