SH 146 construction promises more lanes, more opportunities
BY BRANDI SMITH
For about 20 years, an air of uncertainty hung over the future of Seabrook. Everyone knew TxDOT was bound to make changes to State Highway 146, but no one could say what it
would look like when all was said and done.
“The idea was to alleviate traffic congestion and ultimately link it to the Grand Parkway. That was its ultimate goal,” explains Paul Chavez, the city’s director of economic development.
“But that uncertainty stifled a lot of new developments in our community.”
He says investors were hesitant to pour money into a project without knowing when construction would begin and what it would look like.
“They need to know with confidence that what they’re buying and putting into place will still be there and will grow,” Chavez says.
Any proposed changes to SH 146 were usurped by other construction for a couple of decades, but when Hurricane Ike hit, the devastating storm and the evacuation it
prompted highlighted that an expansion was overdue.
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