The stretch of road in the foreground, known as the ‘missing mile,’
provides back road access from the Energy Corridor to Katy.
HOUSTON — Real estate professionals and community leaders in Houston are celebrating the completion of Park Row, a $25 million project that enables back road travel between the Energy Corridor and Katy on the city’s western side.
Completion of the segment known as the “missing mile” enables Park Row, a four-lane thoroughfare that runs parallel to the section of Interstate 10 known as the Katy Freeway, to run from Dairy Ashford Road into Katy without interruption.
A joint venture between The Energy Corridor Management District and the City of Houston financed the two-phase project. Construction crews broke ground in 2013 and opened it to traffic at the beginning of April.
In addition to the development of the stretch of road, the four-year project included the design and construction of water, sewage and storm drainage infrastructure, as well as a four-lane bridge over Langham Creek. Street lighting and landscaping were also addressed as part of the project.
With the new segment connecting Dairy Ashford Road to Addicks Park and Ride, Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority can now operate bus routes on the stretch as well.
Several of Houston’s largest corporate headquarters are located on Park Row, including energy giant ConocoPhillips, construction firm WorleyParsons and engineering and project management firm Wood Group Mustang Inc.
In addition, several medical institutions own land on both sides of Park Row, including Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Wolff Cos., a Houston-based developer, began work on Park Row in the 1970s. The completion of the “missing mile” section marks a major milestone for the community, says company president David S. Wolff.
“The completion of Park Row represents a dramatic improvement in transportation in west Houston,” says Wolff. “This was a complicated project that required many different businesses, organizations and governmental entities to work together to ultimately increase economic activity and quality of life.”
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