SUGAR LAND, Texas—If you drive in Sugar Land, you are probably used to seeing lane closures and work crews, especially around Highway 6. It’s a headache for drivers, and it can be a concern for businesses, as well. One local business, however, is on board with all of the roadwork. Workers at Natural Pawz pet food store say more construction will eventually help them boost the bottom line. Manager Rachel Varner credits part of the store’s success to its prime location at Highway 6 and US-59, Sugar Land’s busiest intersection. "This is a main drag right here," she explained. Indeed, it is. The intersection of Highway 6 and US-59 sees 65,000 cars each day. Now, it is also seeing more construction cones and lane closures. "Just the construction and the traffic is getting thicker and thicker," she told us.
Sugar Land Public Works has just started extensive overnight construction at the intersection to help improve traffic flow. Crews ware lengthening the right turn lanes along Highway 6 to prevent turning traffic from blocking the mainlanes. They are also re-aligning the lanes under the US-59 overpass at Highway. Additionally, left-turn access from the northbound lanes of State Highway 6 to City Walk will be eliminated, through the creation of a continuous median. Sugar Land Public Works hopes to avoid major delays be implementing lane closures at night, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. during the project. Assistant Public Works Director David Worley says the improvements will help attract more businesses and more customers to the area through increased accessibility. He explains that the primary goal is "to get traffic moving a lot better than it is today, so that people want to come here."
Drivers we spoke with said they will cope with the temporary inconvenience if it means more businesses will be drawn to the area. "I think it’s a great thing that it’s growing… there are a lot of great stores coming up, a lot of great businesses," Thai Hoang told 11 News. For local businesses like Natural Pawz, the increased mobility around the area will mean less headache for drivers hoping to shop at the store. Varner also sees the construction as an investment in the future of Sugar Land. "It’s definitely an outstanding community."