HOUSTON (CBS Houston) In an effort to combat traffic congestion, the Texas Department of Transportation broke ground on the the latest segments of the Houston-area SH 99/Grand Parkway this week.

“This latest phase of construction represents a continuation of the forward thinking and planning that will expedite mobility and provide the infrastructure this area will need as Texas welcomes more drivers and business traffic,” said TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson in a statement. “We are proud of the partnerships that share our vision of addressing congestion and helping motorists move freely and safely on Texas highways.”

“Construction on the new 38-mile segment is expected to take two-and-a-half years to complete. Upon completion, motorists will be able to drive SH 99 from US 290 directly to US 59 North. The outer loop system will provide motorists more direct travel options for the movement of goods, people and services to, through and around the region,” added officials with TxDOT.

According to officials close to the endeavor, construction on the SH 99/Grand Parkway has been planned since the early 1960s and was made possible through partnerships with both Harris and Montgomery counties. “Improvements to these important roadways are critical to the region’s continued mobility and economic vitality,” added TxDOT officials.

TxDOT also added that with more than 1,000 newcomers move to Texas each day, which adds more cars to state highways. Click here to view ongoing updates on the SH99/Grand Parkway project and check out related video by clicking here. View pictures of this week’s groundbreaking below:


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