Hardy Toll Road Extension into Downtown as a Freeway
Last updated June 15, 2001
It's going to happen!! Construction to start in late 2002! And it will be a FREEWAY!!
The Hardy Toll Road Extension into downtown, sometimes called the Elysian-Maury expressway,
has been talked about since the early 1990's. It seemed to have momentum in the mid 1990's,
but the money did not become available. The project was put on the backburner.
In 1999, the Harris County Toll Road Authority awarded a contract for the design of the
Hardy Toll Road Downtown Connector. In October 2000, the Harris County Commissioner's Court approved the schematic.
On Febuary 22, 2001, the Texas Transportation Commission approved $17 million in state money for construction
of direct connections to the new facility at IH-10.
The connector will use ramps that are already under contruction at the
The freeway will then proceed along
railroad right-of-way to the existing toll road terminus at I-610 for a distance of 3.5 miles.
The tollway will have 4 lanes. Approximate cost is $70 million, including direct connectors at IH-10 and IH-610.
At it's March 6, 2001, meeting, the Harris County Commissioners approved $3.6 million in engineering and
construction management contracts for the project.
Construction will likely begin in late 2002, with completion in late 2004 or early 2005.
Also see the Hardy Toll Road photo gallery.