Transportation updates: 5 updates on projects in The Woodlands area in June

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1. 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 mid-May, crews had finished pouring concrete for the westbound lanes and were completing final works on islands and medians for the westbound right turn lane. Median work on the eastbound inside lane east of Many Pines was also underway, officials said.
Timeline: February 2018-late May 2019
Cost: $6.8 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

2. 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 Corp. railroad tracks, install new traffic signals and add a raised median. As of mid-May, the new section of Abbey Boulevard was complete, and the contractor was working on approaches to the Union Pacific bridge, according to Precinct 3 officials. Eastbound and westbound temporary lane closures are expected Mondays through Saturdays as needed from Richards Road to the Grand Parkway for the duration of the project, officials said.
Timeline: April 2017-summer 2019
Cost: $53 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

3. Birnham Woods Drive improvements
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 were added to the intersections of Birnham Woods with Legends Run Drive and Elan, according to Precinct 3 officials. As of mid-May, the approach slabs for the bridge had been poured, and crews were performing median and pavement work.
Timeline: September 2018-September 2019
Cost: $2.7 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

4. Lake Woodlands Drive widening
This project adds a third westbound lane from I-45 to Pinecroft Drive, with the inside lane becoming a left-turn lane at Six Pines Drive. In addition, a third eastbound lane will be added to Pinecroft from I-45, officials. said The project also includes improvements to the median and turn lanes west of Six Pines at Market Street. The project will go out for bids this summer.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $1.2 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

5. Gosling Road widening
The project will widen Gosling Road to four lanes from south of Flintridge Drive to the Village of Creekside Park. It includes widening a southbound bridge over Spring Creek. The project is a joint project with Harris County Precinct 4. It is in the design phase and expected to go out for bid in early 2020, Precinct 3 officials said.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $4 million
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4

By 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 that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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