One thing is certain – we spend too much time in traffic! Twenty-four years ago before much of the development west of Grand Parkway began, an opportunity existed to create north-south corridors between 1-10 and FM 1093. That opportunity has been lost, and we are currently left with a patchwork of roads which produce gridlock and inadequate mobility. Some projects are behind schedule, over budget, and in some cases insufficient to meet the population demand. County mobility cases to consider:
- Cane Island Parkway – This road should have been built with at least two lanes in each direction and an added right turn lane at the eastbound intersection of I-10. To date, it is a two-lane road resulting in frustrating access to beautiful, vibrant neighborhoods.
- Grand Parkway Frontage Roads – There are no continuous access roads in the Fort Bend County portion of Hwy 99 between 1-10 and FM 1093. Currently, there are only plans to add frontage roads on the west side between Cinco Ranch Blvd. and Westheimer Pkwy. and between Fry Rd. and FM 1093.
- Westpark Tollway and FM 1093 Expansion – Currently, Fulshear residents are experiencing extreme commute times for short distances. School children have been chronically late for half a year due to the congestion. Road segments approved by voters in the 2013 Mobility Bond could have helped to reduce some of this gridlock if they had been built in a timely manner.
Wendy will partner with TxDOT, cities, municipal utility districts, school districts, and county engineers to develop a long–range mobility plan, implement projects strategically, and communicate effectively with residents.