Construction on the northern portion of the project will begin this fall.

Construction on the northern portion of the project will begin this fall. Texas Department of Transportation

The Texas Department of Transportation held a public hearing in Magnolia July 30 for the FM 2978 improvement project, which will widen the road to four lanes from FM 1488 to Conroe Hufsmith Road.

Construction is expected to begin on the northern portion of the road—from FM 1488 to Dry Creek—in late fall, and construction on the entire project is expected to span three years, according to TxDOT officials. Houston-based firm Jacobs Engineering has developed plans and a draft environmental assessment for the project.

James Caughorn, a project engineer with the firm, said the roadway widening is necessary to keep up with growth in Montgomery County.

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During its July 30 meeting, the Texas Transportation Commission approved $3.8 million in funds for FM 2920 improvements in Tomball.

The commission awarded three construction contracts to Smith & Company Highway Contractors to repair and overlay a 3.2-mile stretch of FM 2920 and Business 249. The project will begin construction this fall and is scheduled to wrap up by early 2016, said Kristina Hadley, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation Houston district.

As part of the project, TxDOT has allocated $1.72 million to repair the base of the road and place overlay mix on Business 249 from 0.28-miles north of FM 2920 to 1.1 miles south of FM 2920. In addition, TxDOT has allotted $210,470 to carry out the same improvements on a 0.1-mile portion of FM 2920 from the Hwy. 249 frontage road to Business 249.

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