The Highway 36A Coalition is an organization of local governments, elected officials, private businesses, and individuals working together for the responsible development of a regional transportation infrastructure from the Brazosport area to Hempstead and beyond that improves evacuation routes, facilitates domestic and international trade, enhances economic opportunity and provides more efficient mobility.
The Coalition advocates for these ongoing projects as part of our goal to develop a trade and transportation corridor:
Brazoria and Fort Bend Counties together with Port Freeport formed a rail district in 2015 to facilitate a new short rail line between the port and the rail hub at Rosenberg. Such a rail link is essential to serve an expanded and improved Port Freeport, which is bringing larger container ships to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Port Freeport is expanding its facilities to become the deepest port in Texas, at 55 feet, making it the only port on the Texas Gulf Coast fully capable of receiving the larger container ships transiting the Panama Canal. Ever increasing imports and exports are generating cargo which create additional demands on the limited rail and highway transportation facilities. Improvements are needed to meet this demand.
Highway 36 and 36A
Our advocacy for highway improvements consists of development of the existing Highway 36 and a proposed 36A linking Port Freeport to Highway 6 near Navasota:
- Existing Highway 36 is a mostly two-lane undivided roadway in Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties. TxDOT is proposing several projects along SH 36 from Spur 10 to FM 1495 including expanding to a four-lane divided roadway with a grassy center median in rural sections and adding center left-turn lanes in urban sections. Already completed is an extension of Spur 10 south of US 59 along Hartledge Road.
- The Texas Department of Transportation has launched a $2 million draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 36A corridor which extends from Rosenberg (US 59S/IH 69S) across IH 10 to Hempstead (US 290/SH 6). The study will analyze alternatives and determine a preferred route that best meets the needs of the area while avoiding or minimizing impacts to the natural and man-made environment.