Biggest loop in America
The biggest loop in America is closer to being completed. If you are not familiar with Grand Parkway / Highway 99 it will be an 184 mile loop around Houston, Tx. The loop will go through 7 different counties when completed and be more than the 610 Loop and Beltway 8 combined according to khou.com.
This will save a lot of time for those commuting around Houston. The first time I drove on Highway 99 was commuting from Kingwood to College Station when I went to school at Texas A&M. I remember being so excited to save an extra 20 or so minutes on my commute back to school in 2016. I currently live off of Highway 99 in Spring, TX and find myself using the Grand Parkway more than ever. Although I hate paying the price, the Highway has been an excellent addition to Houston, Tx especially as the population continues to grow.
According to khou.com The Grand Parkway has been a concept since 1960 and is an 11 segment project. TxTag shows the segments that are currently open along with toll pricing.
In the image above, the yellow is now completed and open. The project now runs from New Caney to Baytown. "Drivers will be able to travel from Baytown to League City in a loop that passes through New Caney, Spring, Tomball, Cypress and Sugar Land." - Chron.com. According to the same article by Chron.com, Highway 99 will be a $1.28 billion project.
The ribbon-cutting was Wednesday and the newest section opened Thursday, May 19, 2022. Tolls went into effect midnight Saturday. - khou.com
There is still more to do on this project, however, most of it has been completed and has been a wonderful addition for those commuting around Houston, Texas and wanting to avoid traffic. As mentioned earlier, with the increase of people moving to Houston, Highway 99 was crucial.
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