Here's the latest construction updates on 6 Magnolia-area road projects

Several roadways in the Magnolia area are under construction this fall.


Project updates
1. Copperhead Road creation
The Montgomery County Precinct 2 project—funded by the 2015 county road bond referendum—constructs a new two-lane road connecting Nichols Sawmill and Sanders Cemetery roads north of FM 2920. The project is expected to divert traffic off of residential streets and improve drainage in the area.

Timeline: December 2017-TBA
Cost: $9 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 2






2. Egypt Lane widening
The Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District signed a contract earlier this fall to begin construction on Phase 1 of the project, which widens Egypt Lane from two to four lanes with a center turn lane between FM 1488 and Research Forest Drive. Phase 1 construction is slated to begin in late 2017. Phase 2 adds shoulders to Egypt Lane between Research Forest Drive and FM 2978 and is expected to begin in spring 2018.

Timeline: 2017-TBA
Cost: $3.2 million (Phase 1), TBA (Phase 2)
Funding sources: WWMPID (Phase 1), Montgomery County (Phase 2)





Ongoing projects
3. The Texas Department of Transportation is working to construct an FM 1488 overpass at the intersection of FM 149 in Magnolia. The $28.5 million project also widens FM 1488 to four lanes between Mill Creek and Community roads with a continuous left-turn lane.

Timeline: December 2015-first quarter 2018






4. TxDOT crews are working to widen 2.8 miles of FM 1774 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane between West Lost Creek Boulevard and FM 149 in Pinehurst, a project totaling $18.5 million.

Timeline: July 2016-third quarter 2018






5. Construction of an $18.5 million FM 1774 overpass from FM 1486 south to FM 1488 in Magnolia is underway.

Timeline: December 2016-third quarter 2019






6. Montgomery County Precinct 2 is working to improve the intersection of Dobbin Hufsmith and Hardin Store roads by adding turn lanes.

Timeline: October-early 2018


By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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