Transportation updates: 5 road projects to know in south Montgomery County

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RECENT UPDATES

Rayford Road expansion

Rayford Road is being expanded from four to six lanes between Lazy Lane and the Grand Parkway. The project also includes constructing a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks, installing new traffic signals and adding a raised median. As of Sept. 1, two westbound lanes on the railroad bridge were open, Montgomery County Precinct 3 officials said.

Timeline: April 2017-late 2019
Cost: $53 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

FM 2978 widening

The 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 Spring Creek will also be widened. As of July, Phase 1 was 32% complete, and Phase 2 was 52% complete. Work on the bridge was 39% complete, according to Emily Black, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-fourth quarter 2019 (Phase 2), October 2018-third quarter 2020 (bridge)
Cost: $21.3 million (Phase 1), $12.9 million (Phase 2), $7.6 million (bridge)
Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds

Gosling Road widening

The project to widen Gosling Road to four lanes from south of Flintridge Drive to the Village of Creekside Park is in the design phase. The project includes widening the southbound bridge over Spring Creek. Harris County Precinct 4 will oversee the joint project with Montgomery County Precinct 3.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $4 million (Montgomery County), $5.8 million (Harris County)
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4

Hwy. 242 overpass

REGIONAL PROJECT

Hwy. 242 overpass

The project will construct an overpass and widen Hwy. 242 from west of FM 1314 to east of FM 1314. The project was 49% complete as of August. This is the first of four projects to construct an overpass at Hwy. 242 and FM 1314.

Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020
Cost: $23.5 million
Funding source: TxDOT

RECENTLY COMPLETED

Birnham Woods Drive improvements

The widening of Birnham Woods Drive from two to four lanes from sorth of Fuller Bluff Drive to north of Elan Boulevard was completed in August, Precinct 3 officials said. The project included installment of traffic signals at the intersection of Birnham Woods and Elan Boulevard as well as Birnham Woods and Legends Run, Precinct 3 officials said.

Timeline: September 2018-August 2019
Cost: $2.7 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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