The Aggie Highway is a proposed freeway that would connect the suburbs of Houston to Highway 6 in Navasota. This highway would specifically extend State Highway 249 in Harris County and connect it to Highway 6 in Grimes County. This would benefit College Station because Grimes County is only minutes from Texas A&M University.
According to TXDOT the roadwork will probably start in the next 2-5 years. TXDOT’s chief planning and project officer, Russell Zapalac, said that environmental studies would begin in early 2013. These studies would be conducted in the Houston district and the Bryan district.
The highway would be beneficial to businesses that transport goods between Houston, College Station, and the Port of Houston according to David Ellis, researcher with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Another benefit he mentioned would be to the cities that are along the route of the highway. “The Development that will occur in Navasota, Magnolia, Tomball and points in between is incredibly significant. A lot of it has to do with whether these places are connected in a way that facilitates commerce.”
This past April, the College Station City Council gave their support to a project named “Aggie Expressway” which would extend the Aggie Highway from Navasota to the Bush Airport. Jason Stube of the city manager’s office said that the resolution ask the state to start the process of designing the third leg of the freeway.
This extension would benefit commuters from Houston to College Station on game days easing the traffic concerns that currently exist. The extension would also save time and money for College Station commuters that do business in the Houston area. Many people move up to College Station to enjoy a quieter lifestyle but commuting to Houston has been a nightmare. The Aggie Highway sounds like a good solution all around!