A new highway stretching from Freeport to Hempstead could be on its way at some point in the future.
At the Bryan City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dan Rudge from the Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization explained what they are doing right now in reference to the proposed new Highway, which would be dubbed “Highway 36A,” and would be a direct shipping corridor from the ports through College Station and ultimately to Fort Worth.
“They are doing a preliminary alignment study to look at potential alignments for 36A. Then, it goes through the rest of the process, which is the environmental, cultural, historical and archaeological review to determine if they might be having an adverse impact on any of the historical properties or any historically significant properties,” said Rudge. “If they are unfairly burdening traditionally under served populations…all of those things.”
As for the potential timeline for when it could happen?
“Because it is of extreme interest to the port and to the Houston-Galveston area council, it could be as early as five years or as late as ten years,” said Rudge.
Also mentioned by Rudge was the Union Pacific Railway, who owns property in Freeport, as it would then be able to move shipments directly through College Station from Freeport to their new Mumford Yard.