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Tx-DOT representative gives Grand Parkway update for Cleveland Chamber

July 9, 2017 GMT

Work on the Grand Parkway, which circles the entire Greater Houston area beyond the 610 Loop and Beltway 8, continues with the next portions of construction beginning soon in Liberty and Chambers counties, according to Omar DeLeon, engineer in the Liberty County office for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“It’s a $1.4 billion project,” said DeLeon, adding that the parkway will be 180 miles long once completed.

“It in essence is a third avenue outside of the Greater Houston Area,” he said.

TxDOT recently opened one of the segments of the Grand Parkway in Montgomery County. Anyone traveling on US 59 can exit onto it in Porter.

“We’re getting ready to start segments H and I,” said DeLeon.

Segments H and I span across Harris, Montgomery, Liberty and Chambers counties and connect to US 59 N to US 90, which in turn is connected to I 10 East, then to FM 1405 and finally SH 146 in Chambers County.

“Sometime mid-July we will issue that notice to proceed,” said DeLeon.

DeLeon also discussed the US 59 corridor project, beginning first with the portion of the highway south of Cleveland.

This portion has limits from the Montgomery County line to the south end of the Cleveland bypass. DeLeon says the plan is to widen the main lanes to three lanes in each direction, construct northbound and southbound frontage roads and construct an overpass at County Road 381 and the SH 105 connector. The anticipated letting date is September 2018.

The portion of the highway that sits north of Cleveland has limits from the north end of the Cleveland bypass into San Jacinto County. TxDOT has a preliminary schematic and is communicating with the local public on this portion of the project. There is no anticipated letting date at this time.

In other news, Chamber President Carl Williamson took a moment to explain a new program called Cleveland Stars. The program, according to Williamson, is designed to recognize people who have done some good for the Cleveland community.

This month’s Cleveland Star is Cleveland ISD police officer Pamela Minchew, who recently stopped a passenger on board a Southwest Airlines flight from attempting to open an emergency exit midflight.

“That would put terror in my heart,” said Williamson.

Williamson presented the Cleveland Star to Minchew at the luncheon to honor her actions and bravery in protecting the other passengers of the plane.

“Fortunately for us she works in Cleveland, Texas,” said Williamson.