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Beat the Traffic: New ramp to help ease traffic in Katy

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 10 at 5:43 PM

KATY, Texas -- Drivers near Katy, get ready for more roadwork.

TxDOT is starting a new project to connect two major roadways. Even though it could cause temporary delays, drivers say they are ready for the construction. 

TxDOT has broken ground on a project at the intersection of I-10 and State Highway 99 (The Grand Parkway) to improve traffic flow in this problem area.  The agency is building direct-connector ramps from I-10 westbound to Highway 99 southbound and from Highway 99 northbound to I-10 eastbound, allowing drivers to bypass the stoplight at the intersection. 

Driver Rebecca Swick says congestion along Highway 99 approaching I-10 is only getting worse. 

"It can be backed up all the way to the first light," Swick said.  Swick said she doesn't mind the roadwork, if it helps open up the lanes. "Construction is nothing, it’s just a part of being in Houston, you have to deal with it."

Robert Poltine also spoke to us about his concerns.  He has called Katy home since 1972 and says the area has out-paced the infrastructure needed to support the booming population. 
"Back in those days you can come and go as you please," Poltine said in reference to driving along Katy's wide-open spaces back in the 1970s. 
Today, it's a much different story.  He supports the idea of building the direct connector ramps. 
"I was wondering when they were going to do that -- I'm ready," Poltine said.
According to TxDOT, the construction will take about 18 months to complete.