Sugar Land’s Mega Road-Rail-Bridge Project Bolsters Economic Opportunities

By Erica Bender

The city of Sugar Land, one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities, is on the homestretch of completing a new four-lane, divided connecter that will extend University Boulevard from northbound U.S. Highway 90A to Stadium Drive.

The design and construction of the half-mile-long University Boulevard Extension Project is part of the city’s 2012 Master Thoroughfare Plan. Once built, this north-south corridor will build upon previous efforts to enhance access from the northern section of this Greater Houston area suburb to just south of U.S. 90A.

The project also includes a key roadway crossing over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and rail relocation, along with a new bridge that will improve mobility and provide access into a growing residential/retail area within the Imperial Sugar district near Constellation Field, the city’s minor league baseball stadium, and Nalco Champion’s expanding headquarters campus.

Construction activities commenced in August 2015 and the first and second work packages, road and rail, have been completed. Construction of the new railroad and creek overpass represents the final phase of construction, which is anticipated to wrap up in February 2018.

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