4 transportation updates to know in February

1. FM 1488 overpass

The FM 1488 over  FM 149 in Magnolia will provide a route over the railroad tracks. The Texas Department of  Transportation will widen FM 1488 to four lanes between Mill Creek and Community roads and include a continuous left lane. Officials have reported two lanes of the overpass should open in February.

Timeline: December 2015-February 2018
Cost: $28.5 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, Montgomery County Precinct 2

2. 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 project will also include a new bridge over Dry Creek. Montgomery County officials said most of AT&T’s utility lines—which caused a delay—have been moved, and construction has begun on the project.

Timeline: first quarter 2018-mid-2020 (Phase 1), December 2017-second quarter 2020 (Phase 2)
Cost: $23.9 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

3. Research Forest Drive widening

This Montgomery County road bond project will widen Research Forest Drive from two to four lanes from FM 2978 to Alden Bridge Drive. Construction on the remaining portion of the project— Egypt Lane to Alden Bridge Drive—is expected to be finished by the end of February.

Timeline: May 2016-February 2018
Cost: $8 million
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 2

4. Robinson Road and Woodlands Parkway interchange

This project will convert the Woodlands Parkway-Robinson Road interchange at I-45 to a single-point interchange. The project includes reconstruction of the intersection of Patsy and Robinson roads as part of an agreement with Oak Ridge North. An advance funding agreement for a locally funded project between TxDOT and Montgomery County for the reconfiguration of the intersection of Robinson Road and I-45 has been approved. The final design phase of the project has begun, and the county will be ready to put the project out for bid in September.

Timeline: TBA
Cost: $4.5 million (estimated)
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Oak Ridge North, TxDOT


The Tomball ISD board of trustees was named the Region 4 School Board of the Year for the 2020-21 school year by the Texas Association of School Administrators School Board Awards Program. (Courtesy Tomball ISD)
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The location is expected to open in the fall. (Courtesy Freebirds World Burrito)
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The Woodlands Township board of directors decided against allowing e-bikes on township pathways July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Monique Sharp, The Woodlands Township's assistant general manager for finance and administration, presented fisca year 2022 budget updates at a July 28 meeting. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The LifeTime Fitness complex is seeing redesigns before development starts back up in November. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Main Chick Hot Chicken opened its first brick-and-mortar location July 23 in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Main Chick Hot Chicken)
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Tomball ISD will offer free meals to all student this upcoming academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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