Houston Chronicle 1/13/14 By Dug Begley

Even during a slow time for driving, the new section of the Grand Parkway between Katy and Cypress posted strong numbers.

For its first week, Dec. 21-28, the section between Clay Road and FM 529 averaged 8,890 northbound vehicles per day, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The new segment, between  Interstate 10 and U.S. 290, connects the two freeways for many west Houston drivers without requiring a trip east to the Sam Houston Tollway.

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