Grand Parkway Infrastructure completes three segments of the SH 99-Grand Parkway in Houston, Texas, a project worth $1.28 billion. Through subsidiaries Ferrovial Construction and Webber in consortium with Granite Construction Inc., the company undertook the design and construction of segments H & I, located in northeast Houston. Measuring 184 miles, Grand Parkway is the longest loop in the United States.
Ferrovial proudly joined the Texas Department of Transportation in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 18 to mark the substantial completion and opening of three new segments of the longest loop in the United States – the 184-mile Grand Parkway highway project. More than 200 guests attended the event, which was covered by Houston area media.
TxDOT awarded the $1.28 billion design-build construction contract to Grand Parkway Infrastructure (GPI), a joint venture led by Ferrovial Construction, along with Webber and Granite Construction, in March 2017.
It is rare to work on a project that has the potential for such significant impacts in terms of city-to-city and region-to-region connectivity, safety and reliability for drivers, and economic growth opportunities. This new corridor will greatly enhance the quality of life for residents and create growth potential for businesses for generations to come.
Other speakers included TxDOT Houston District Engineer Eliza Paul, TxDOT Beaumont District Engineer Martin Gonzalez, State Representative of District 18 Ernest Bailes, Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia and Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough. They, along with other special guests, took a bus tour of a stretch of SH99 before arriving at the event site.
53 additional miles
Segments H, I-1, and I-2 represent 53 miles of the entire project and connect communities across four counties – Montgomery, Harris, Liberty, and Chambers – northeast of Houston. These new segments are expected to improve the connectivity of the existing transportation network, connect communities and reduce road congestion while providing more travel options for drivers.
The newly completed corridor stretches from the US 59/I-69 interchange north/northeast of Houston to SH 146 in Baytown, east of Houston. Earlier segments, which travel through Fort Bend and Harris counties and end in Montgomery County where Segment H begins, were completed between 1994 and 2016.
The scope of the $1.28 billion project included construction of new lanes and modernization of the existing tolling infrastructure. Over 375 land parcels were acquired and 84 new or substantially reconstructed bridges were built as part of the project, which began in 2018.
This segment of the Grand Parkway will provide a link for communities and offer alternative routes for motorists who travel into and around the greater Houston area and the Southeast Texas region. The entire Grand Parkway corridor is providing much needed capacity to relieve local congestion." When completed, the Grand Parkway will traverse seven counties.
When completed, the Grand Parkway will traverse seven counties.
The project was funded through a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the United States Department of Transportation, along with 2017 and 2013 Toll Road Revenue Bonds issued by the Grand Parkway Transportation Corporation (GPTC).
U.S. Business Growth
Earlier this month Ferrovial Construction and Webber, partners in Alamo NEX Construction, celebrated the groundbreaking of the I-35 Northeast Expansion (NEX) Central project in San Antonio, Texas, which represents a $1.5 billion Texas Clear Lanes project. Ferrovial, through its subsidiary Webber, has also been awarded $279 million dollars in water project this year.