With Construction on Segments H & I-1 of the Grand Parkway set to begin in 2018, it seems likely that a wave of eminent domain proceedings is imminent in Liberty County. The Right-of-Way acquisition process for this 37-mile long segment of the project is estimated to take 24 months and will involve approximately 375 parcels of land. Following standard practice, the Texas Department of Transportation (“TxDOT”) will present the current landowners with a series of purchase offers. Should any of these landowners reject TxDOT’s offers, the State will exercise their power of eminent-domain to condemn properties they deem necessary for the project.
Segments H and I-1, located to the northeast of Houston, will run through Chambers, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties. Liberty County, however, will be the epicenter of the project with a large portion of the expansion taking place within its boundaries. As construction is right around the corner, Liberty County landowners with properties located in the project’s Right-of-Way have likely already received or will soon receive offers for their land from TxDOT.
The project will add two tolled lanes each direction between US 59 and Interstate 10 (“I-10”).
Construction will include the addition of 74 bridges, spread across the entire length of the project segment. The project is expected to cost $855 million and is anticipated to be completed in 2022.
Written by Graham Taylor