Pearland joins region in supporting SH 99

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Pearland city leaders on Monday joined other regional communities in imploring the Texas Department of Transportation to finish the sections of the Grand Parkway passing through Brazoria and Galveston counties.

In a special meeting, Pearland City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting expedited completion of the sections of the Grand Parkway — Houston’s third outer loop — that would run through the southeast Houston region. Brazoria and Galveston county commissioners approved similar resolutions after learning a long-awaited project might not become an immediate reality. 

Segments A, B and C of the Grand Parkway are recommended to be removed from TxDOT’s 2020 Unified Transportation Plan, a list of planned 10-year projects set to be approved annually by the Transportation Commission before Aug. 31.

Segment B was set to run from I-45 South to state Hwy. 288, and Segment C was to stretch from state Hwy. 288 to Highway 59.

If these segments are not funded, Pearland city leaders say, it will have a drastic effect on Brazoria County and the city of Pearland —  in terms of both serving as evacuation routes and improving mobility on a daily basis.

“We believe it has positive economic factors and is beneficial to Pearland and similar neighboring cities,” City Manager Clay Pearson said.

State Highway 99, or the Grand Parkway, was first conceived as a long-range transportation investment in 1961, specifically identified in Houston-Galveston area’s first Metropolitan Transportation Plan in 1989 and in all long-range planning afterward. It was identified as a tolled facility in the 2025 Regional Transportation Plan approved in 2005.

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