From the self-described “guy with a quadcopter” behind Skyhawk Videos, here’s new aerial footage from high above the brand-spanking-new intersection of I-10 and Houston’s latest orbiting ringroad, the Grand Parkway. The view is primarily to the southeast, with a few tilts and glances in either direction; the new section of State Hwy. 99, aka the Grand Pkwy.’s Segment E, begins in the upper right of the initial image and extends to the lower left, across the Katy Prairie to the outlet mall in Cypress, running over an ancient burial ground in the process. The highway is carrying the last of its free traffic; tolls kicked in on Friday, about a month and a half after the segment opened and just a few days after Skyhawk’s drone shot.
In the lower right of the image is the new 151,600-sq.-ft. Katy Costco and gas station, scheduled to open to the public this Thursday. Its 14-acre site is the focus of its own separate video as well, filmed on January 25th:
Under an incentive package approved by Houston’s city council over the summer, Costco will get $1 million in tax reimbursements from the city for building an access road to its own store and making other area infrastructure improvements. The company is receiving an additional $1.5 million in reimbursements from the Cimarron Municipal Utility District for making the site suitable for construction.
- City Council OKs rebate deal for Katy-area Costco [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Grand Parkway coverage [Swamplot]
Videos and still: Skyhawk Videos