Cane Island, located north of U.S. 90 and west of the city's downtown as Katy's first master-planned community, has stood unpopulated and unconnected to a major road since planning began more than six years ago for its own parkway.
But Cane Island's first residents will fill a handful of homes in August, and the overpass feeding into the heart of the community via the Cane Island Parkway will open in early October, followed by an extension by Fort Bend County connecting the parkway to FM 1463 in early 2016.
"We haven't had an overpass built on (Interstate 10) in a long time; so it was a process," Katy City Manager Byron Hebert said. "You have to go through a lot of studies, and you have to go through the federal level and state level. Everything is on schedule right now, though."
The $7 million overpass to Cane Island, which will include exits from both directions off I-10, is a project between the city, Parkside Capital of Houston and the Texas Department of Transportation. Cane Island developer Rise Communities is working with those entities and the Union Pacific Railroad for the part of Cane Island Parkway that will extend north past U.S. 90 to Franz Road. The city built the part of the parkway connecting I-10 to U.S. 90 in 2014.