Transportation Commission approved a funding deal Jan.
30 to put a toll road along the congested Katy Freeway,
the Houston Chronicle reported. Officials expect
to start work later this year.
approved Thursday, will pay for a big bulkof the $1 billion
project through a partnership with the Harris County Toll
and federal officials are expected to sign off on the deal
in the next few weeks.
plan includes two toll lanes in each direction from the
West Loop to Texas 6, four through lanes and three frontage
lanes, totaling 18 through lanes plus the entrances and
exits, the newspaper reported. The stretch now has 10 lanes,
as well as a high-occupancy vehicle lane down the middle.
of toll lanes into the expansion is intended to speed up
the widening project by plugging any gaps in federal highway
funding that might cause delays. That, local and state
officials have said, will trim construction time from 10
to six years.