Conroe City Council approved an advance funding agreement, or AFA, for design of the Old Conroe Road project with the Texas Department of Transportation during a May 11 meeting.

City Engineer Chris Bogert said in a May 9 interview the AFA agreement allows the city to move forward with the design part of the project. The AFA agreement sets the city up to contribute over $6 million, including $30,000 for the upfront cost until city staff brings the construction AFA to council.

According to the May 10 workshop agenda item, the city is negotiating with the county to split the local portion of future construction. The total project cost—with engineering—is $6.35 million.

According to previous reporting, the Old Conroe Road expansion and connectivity project consists of widening Old Conroe Road from South Loop 336 to FM 1488 to four lanes and extending the roadway to include a bridge over the West Fork of the San Jacinto River as a way to improve connectivity in southern Montgomery County.

The project will also consist of medians and intermittent sidewalks, according to previous reporting.