Category: Texas News

Houston’s Grand Parkway Draws Interest From Developers

After more than two decades of construction, work on Houston’s Grand Parkway entered its final phase earlier this year. When the last section is completed in 2022, the 184-mile parkway will be the largest highway loop in the nation. Since the idea for the parkway was first conceived in the 1960s, it has become one… Read more »

Phase One of the Hardy Toll Road Connector Project Is Well Underway

When the Hardy Toll Road was built in the 1980s, it was originally intended to extend into downtown Houston. As a result of budgetary restraints, however, the plans had to be revised and the 21-mile toll road’s southern terminus was moved to the Interstate 610 North Loop. Now, roughly three decades later, construction crews are… Read more »

New Houston Office Building Will Be a Model of Sustainable Design

The 47-story office building that will occupy the former site of the Houston Chronicle will be more than just an attractive new addition to the city’s skyline; it will also be one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable buildings in the nation. Earlier this month, the developers of Texas Tower announced that the building has… Read more »

2019 Will be a Big Year for Hotel, Retail Construction in Houston

As state and local officials continue to invest in flood control infrastructure developments and transit improvements, there’s another type of construction boom that’s poised to take off in Houston as well. According to commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), there is a virtually unprecedented amount of hotel and real estate space slated for… Read more »

Harris County to Launch Flood Tunnel Feasibility Study

A year and a half after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, Harris County officials continue to explore new ways to protect Houston and the surrounding communities from future catastrophic weather events. In February, for example, the Harris County Flood Control District was awarded a $320,000 federal grant to assess the feasibility of an ambitious… Read more »

Metro to Ask Voters for Transit Improvement Funding in November

With Houston continuing the grow at an unprecedented rate, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is preparing to undertake an ambitious 20-year plan called METRONext that could dramatically improve our area’s public transportation infrastructure. Proposed improvements include the addition of 20 miles of light rail service, 75 miles of bus rapid transit and 110… Read more »

The Grand Parkway’s Final Phase of Construction is Underway

Following decades of careful planning and construction, work on the last leg of Houston’s Grand Parkway has finally begun. Once this section is complete in 2022, the 184-mile Grand Parkway will become the largest highway loop in the nation. The last phase of parkway construction will be divided into three segments, all of which will… Read more »

Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston Lead the Nation in Homebuilding

Texas welcomed more than 1,000 new residents a day in 2017, according the U.S Census Bureau, and construction crews are keeping plenty busy building homes for the state’s growing population. In October, housing market analysts Metrostudy Inc. found that Dallas-Fort Worth is leading the nation in homebuilding as of the third quarter of 2018, at… Read more »

Texas Is Producing More Oil Than Its Pipelines Can Handle

Thanks to recent advancements in horizontal drilling and multistage fracking techniques, oil and natural gas production has steadily increased to unprecedented levels in the 90,000-square-mile Permian Basin of West Texas. Job seekers have are currently flocking to the region from all over the country, and the oil boom shows no signs of slowing down anytime… Read more »

Houston Voters Approve $2.5 Billion in Bonds for Flood-Control Projects

Late last month, on the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, voters in Harris County took an important step forward in the effort to protect Houston from future catastrophic weather events. On August 26, roughly 85 percent of voters approved a referendum which calls for the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood-control… Read more »