Here’s the latest information on 6 transportation projects in The Woodlands area

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1. Woodlands Parkway widening west

This project added an outside lane on Woodlands Parkway from west of South Forestgate Drive through the Kuykendahl Road intersection. A left-turn lane was also added from northbound Kuykendahl Road at Lake Woodlands Drive. The project was completed in early June, Montgomery County Precinct 3 spokesperson Andy DuBois said.

Timeline: late 2017-June 2018
Cost: $1.3 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

2. Woodlands Parkway widening east

This project will widen Woodlands Parkway from six to eight lanes from west of I-45 to a half-mile west of the Grogans Mill Road overpass. The project will add one lane in each direction, with right-turn lanes and acceleration lanes at major intersections. DuBois said the project crew is working on detention excavation in the medians and is working to locate and identify utilities on the north side of Woodlands Parkway.

Timeline: February 2018-April 2019
Cost:  $6.7 million
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3

3. FM 2978 widening

This project will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe-Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The existing bridge over Dry Creek will also be widened. Phase 1 continues to be delayed due to utility relocations, while Phase 2 is underway. Emily Black, Texas Department of Transportation public information officer, said Phase 1 will likely begin in third quarter 2018.

Timeline: third quarter 2018-first quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-second quarter 2020 (Phase 2)
Cost: $23.9 million-$30 million
Funding source: TxDOT

4. Rayford Road expansion

This project will widen Rayford Road from four to six lanes between Lazy Lane and the Grand Parkway, construct a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks, install new traffic signals and add a raised median. DuBois said crews have completed pouring the concrete bridge for the railroad overpass, and the westbound lanes are scheduled to open by September. He also said utility work continues along the right of way of the eastbound lanes of Rayford Road. Construction also continues on the realignment of Wild Rose Drive.

Timeline: April 28, 2017-summer 2019
Cost: $50.6 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

5. Gosling Road bridge

This project will construct a second bridge on Gosling Road over Spring Creek and convert the existing bridge to a one-way road. According to Pamela Rocchi, Harris County Precinct 4 capital improvement projects division director, the county identified funds for the project and is preparing an interagency agreement between Harris and Montgomery counties. DuBois said the entities have agreed on an engineering firm for design work, and Harris County Precinct 4 will be responsible for bidding and construction of the project. Engineering work should be completed by late 2018.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, Montgomery County Precinct 3

6. Research Forest Drive underpass 

This project will construct an underpass on Research Forest Drive beneath Grogans Mill Road. DuBois said the project is under conceptual development by Shenandoah, The Woodlands Road Utility District No. 1, Houston-Galveston Area Council and Montgomery County Precinct 3. The project may be submitted for the H-GAC’s 2018 call for Transportation Improvement Program.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Woodlands Road Utility District No. 1

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.
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