SH 146 Roadway Expansion

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is moving forward with its $200 million project to expand Texas Highway 146 in Harris County and Galveston County in order to alleviate daily traffic congestion.

TxDOT and city officials held progress meetings on November 8, 2016 and November 22, 2016. As of November 22, 2016, the Texas Department of Transportation had made initial offers on at least 45 parcels of land, and had closed on at least 4 of those parcels. Seabrook City Manager Gayle Cook stated that TxDOT is, “looking at next summer to finish those negotiations and to close on a big chunk of the remaining parcels.”

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This project will widen and restructure the road to a six to twelve lane freeway, add grade separations at major intersections, and add access roads in selected locations. A new expressway bridge will be built west of and parallel to the Seabrook-Kemah Bridge.

There are concerns that the Right-of-Way Acquisition process will displace businesses and lead them to close their doors entirely or relocate to other areas. The Seabrook Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is working with the City of Seabrook to identify suitable property within Seabrook and accommodate business relocation.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will take three to four years to complete. More details concerning the physical logistics of the project will be released closer to the construction phase.

The City of Seabrook has devoted a portion of its website to giving information about and updates on this project, available at:

http://seabrooktx.gov/index.aspx?NID=369

Please contact Luke Ellis with Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP at lellis@jmehlaw.com or (512) 215-4078 if you have any questions or would like to receive periodic updates on this project.

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Grand Parkway Segments H and I-1 (Montgomery, Harris, Liberty, and Chambers Counties)

Proposed State Highway 99, the 180 mile long loop around the greater Houston area also known as the Grand Parkway, continues towards completion as segment G opened for traffic in March of 2016. Directly east, segments H and I-1 are still in the initial offer phase as TxDOT receives bids to complete this section of the project. Segments H & I-1 will primarily impact property owners Chambers County, Liberty County, and Montgomery County. Please see the image below for an updated map of the Grand Parkway.

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(image from www.grandpky.com)

TxDOT anticipates awarding a contract in Fall 2016. Then, contractors can begin the next steps in the project’s progression, including acquiring right-of-way for the Grand Parkway extension. Please contact Luke Ellis, at Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge at lellis@jmehlaw.com or (512) 215-4078 if you have any questions or would like to receive periodic updates on this project.