Conroe will install new sidewalks near Conroe ISD schools this fall

Conroe to install new sidewalks around Conroe ISD schools this fallThe city of Conroe is wrapping up the design phase of a project to build sidewalks near seven area schools to ensure students have safe paths to walk to and from the campuses.

The goal of Conroe’s Safe Schools Access program is to help children at Washington Junior High School, Cryar Intermediate School and Armstrong, Giesinger, Reaves, Runyan and Rice elementary schools walk to and from school safely, said Tommy Woolley, Conroe assistant director of projects and transportation. Since 2011 Conroe ISD buses only pick up students living outside a 1-mile drive of their schools, many neighborhood students walk instead.

He said the program falls in line with a larger effort by the city to build sidewalks throughout the community to help address traffic congestion.

“Keeping pedestrians out of the streets not only improves safety but also mobility and traffic congestion in high pedestrian areas,” Woolley said.

The estimated $1.5 million project is funded through a partnership with the city, Houston-Galveston Area Council and CISD. The H-GAC, which is the metropolitan planning organization for the area, helped Conroe apply for the $1.136 million of federal and state funds to be used in the improvements, Woolley said. The city is contributing $248,000 to the project, and CISD is contributing $338,000.

CISD spokesperson Sarah Blakelock said she believes the project will benefit the city as a whole.

“Sidewalks provide students, families and the community a designated, safe walking path, and the grants helped offset costs,” she said.

Woolley said the city has completed approximately 95 percent of the design phase. Construction is expected to start in August or September but move quickly because there will be no disruption to traffic involved. The project will provide 20,600 linear feet of new sidewalks to the area.

He said parents should give children who walk to school proper safety tips once the sidewalks are completed and ready for use.

“Sometimes, it’s a good thing for the parents to make sure kids know [to] cross at a crosswalk,” he said. “Don’t cross midstream of the road. Stay on the sidewalks—you need to be safe and be smart.”
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

SJRA Lake Conroe lowering Jan. 21
San Jacinto River Authority presents facts on lake lowering, listens to concerns from Lake Conroe, Lake Houston residents

Hundreds of residents attended to voiced their opinions on the temporary seasonal lowering;

The crawfish seller has no storefront but offers pickups in Conroe. (Courtesy 3C's Crawfish)
3C's Crawfish now open in Conroe

The business sells crawfish from Louisiana.

The spa held a soft opening Jan. 10. (Courtesy Southern Secrets Med Spa)
Southern Secrets Med Spa now open in Conroe

The spa offers various aesthetic and functional medicine procedures, in addition to men's and women's sexual wellness.

Conroe ISD board President Datren Williams listens to a public comment. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe ISD approves Stockton rezoning, full-day pre-K, calendar for 2020-21 school year

Assistant Superintendent Of Elementary Education Debbie Phillips said the district received five applications and ultimately decided it could open for full-day pre-K in the 2020-21 school year without private partners.

Woodforest National Bank is coming to the Woodforest development. (Rendering courtesy Total PR)
Woodforest National Bank to open in Woodforest

The bank will offer a range of banking services for consumer and commercial customers and will also include Woodforest Wealth Strategies.

J.J. Hollie, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce president (center) is flanked by Montgomery County officials, representatives and community members at the dedication of a portion of I-45 on Jan. 17. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators, community members gather to dedicate portion of I-45 to The Woodlands founder George P. Mitchell

A portion of I-45 in Montgomery County is now designated the George P. Mitchell Memorial Highway in honor of the local entrepreneur who founded The Woodlands in 1974.

Chauncy Glover (center) accepts an award from Ann and T.J. Wilkerson. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Organized by local nonprofit Dr. MLK Jr. Community Improvement Organization, the seventh annual Community Celebration featured various performers, including the Lake Creek High School choir, singer Sister Katherine Houston and the Praise Dancers.

Annual community info: City of Willis

Annual community info: City of Willis

Annual community info: City of Montgomery

See how Montgomery's demographics have changed in recent years.

Annual community info: City of Conroe

Check out changes in population, rent and mortgage and education levels.

Shopping listing: Businesses that opened in 2019 in Conroe, Montgomery area

Check out our annual roundup of businesses that opened in 2019.

Back to top