KATY/FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy News) - The expansion of Highway 99 through the Katy area will happen years earlier than expected according to Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers. Meyers says he was able to kick-start the project four-years earlier than proposed by negotiating with the Texas Department of Transportation.
“In recent weeks and months, I have held several meetings with the top brass of the Houston District office and together, we have worked out a plan to immediately begin design with a goal of starting construction at least four years ahead of schedule,” Meyers said.
The project will add an additional third lane in each direction from FM 1093/Westpark Tollway to the Katy freeway, a distance of nearly six miles.
“Some of the existing overpasses are already wide enough to accommodate a third lane of traffic, something that will help speed the project to final completion,” Meyers said.
The commissioner also hopes TxDOT will implement sound reduction technology in addition to the sound barriers that will be part of the project.
“After a recent environmental impact analysis, TxDOT will be including additional sound walls in the design and construction of this project. We have voiced our repeated concerns over sound mitigation in the area and have asked them to consider pavement grooving in the new lanes to further reduce decibel levels of traffic for our surrounding neighborhoods,” Meyers said.
"Design should start November 2019 and construction about 12 months later," Meyers said.