Project InFocus: Cane Island Parkway

By: Fred Signorelli, P.E., ENV SP
Project Manager – Traffic & Transportation

Cane Island Parkway
Fort Bend County, Texas

EHRA Engineering, along with numerous agencies and stakeholder companies, is nearing completion of the widening and reconstruction of Cane Island Parkway. 

The $4.6M project, located in Fort Bend County, proposed a widening of Cane Island Parkway from south of I-10 through the FM 1463 Intersection. The scope of the project included one-half major thoroughfare, convention drainage, a 600-ft bridge over Willow Fork of Buffalo Bayou, retaining walls and intersection improvements at FM 1463 including traffic signals. 

Precinct 3 Commissioner, Andy Meyers has been a driving force behind this important project, “Our thanks to all the men and women who have participated in addressing the engineering changes and flood mitigation improvements.” said Meyers. “This route has seen tremendous traffic since it opened - demonstrating its huge value to the community and to the retail growth that has come into the corridor with the opening of the Buc-ee’s location on the north side of the interstate.” 

Voters approved funding for the project as part of the November 2017 Fort Bend County Mobility Bond package. Due to the complex nature of the project, multiple agencies collaborated including Fort Bend County, TxDOT, Fort Bend County Drainage District, Kinder Morgan, Enterprise Products and Centerpoint Energy. EHRA provided multiple services to the project including: Roadway Coordination and Design, Construction Documents, Traffic Control Services and Survey. 

Sivaji Senapathi, P.E. F.SEI, F.ASCE serves as EHRA’s Senior Project Manager for Cane Island Parkway. “This project was unique because of the many entities involved,” Senapathi said. “From Fort Bend County, TxDOT, Fort Bend County Drainage District, numerous pipeline companies, Centerpoint Energy, and adjacent land owners, constant coordination and collaboration was the pathway to success here.” 

EHRA also provided construction phase services, addressing RFIs and design changes due of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.