Transportation updates: updates on projects moving forward and completed in South Montgomery County in May

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Recent updates

1. 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. As of April, the first phase of the project was 24% complete, and the second phase of the project was 43% complete, according to Emily Black, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-fourth quarter 2019 (Phase 2)
Cost: 33.7 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds

2. Woodlands Parkway widening
Woodlands Parkway will be widened from six to eight lanes from west of I-45 to a half-mile west of the Grogan’s Mill Road overpass. The project will add one lane in each direction with right-turn and acceleration lanes at major intersections. As of May, eastbound lanes were completed and open while crews finished pouring concrete on the new westbound lanes. Westbound lanes will open after striping and signage is complete, officials said.
Timeline: February 2018-May 2019
Cost: $6.8 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

3. Birnham Woods Drive widening
Birnham Woods Drive will be widened from two to four lanes from 500 feet north of Fuller Bluff Drive to 500 feet north of Elan Boulevard. Traffic signals will be added to the intersections of Birnham Woods and Legends Run Drive as well as Birnham Woods and Elan, according to Precinct 3 officials. As of early May, most of the paving was complete and the concrete deck had been poured for the bridge, Precinct 3 officials said. Traffic signals at two Birnham Woods Drive intersections were almost complete, officials said.
Timeline: September 2018-September 2019
Cost: $2.7 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

4. Rayford Road expansion
This project will widen Rayford Road from four to six lanes from Richards Road to the Grand Parkway, construct a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacific Corp. tracks, install new traffic signals and add a raised median. In May, drainage pipe installation was being completed on the eastbound side and crews started installing drainage pipe on the westbound side. Two west bound lanes over the bridge are expected to open in the summer, officials said.
Timeline: April 2017-summer 2019
Cost: $53 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

Completed project

5. Elan Boulevard widening
A project widened Elan Boulevard from two to four lanes from Aldine Westfield Road to Birnham Woods Drive and also widened Aldine Westfield from two to four lanes from Elan to Knoll Oaks Lane. The project also added a traffic signal to the intersection of Elan and Aldine Westfield.
Timeline: August 2018-May 2019
Cost: $2 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

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Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.
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