Transportation updates for the Lake Conroe region

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Recent updates

FM 1097 widening
The Texas Department of Transportation’s expansion of FM 1097 between I-45 and Hwy. 75, which includes a continuous left-turn lane, is completed. However, the project is slated to receive additional work that is expected to be completed this year.

Timeline: July 11, 2016-fourth quarter 2017
Cost: $5.6 million
Funding source: TxDOT

FM 2854 connector
The city of Conroe and Montgomery County are partnering to build a connector road between the I-45 access road and FM 2854 that goes around the Montgomery County Central Library. Design for the project is expected to be completed in February, and project construction could start in June.

Timeline: June-September
Cost: $1.22 million
Funding sources: city of Conroe, Montgomery County

FM 3083 expansion
The project will widen FM 3083 from two to four lanes from just east of Hwy. 75 to west of FM 1484. The project includes a bridge over the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks and a left-turn lane; it has reached
47 percent completion.

Timeline: July 2016-third quarter 2018
Cost: $13.4 million
Funding source: TxDOT

McCaleb Road expansion
Montgomery County Precinct 2 is undertaking a project to expand McCaleb Road from two to four lanes from Hwy. 105 to the overpass bridge of the BNSF Railway tracks along FM 2854. Crews began clearing the right of way in January.

Timeline: January 2018-February 2019
Cost: $4.39 million
Funding source: Montgomery County

Wilson Road expansion
The city of Conroe will expand Wilson Road from two to four lanes; make curb and gutter improvements; and add mast arm traffic signals, sidewalks and street lights. The project will start next month. The project is necessary to address traffic issues during commute hours from nearby schools, and in anticipation of future multifamily housing in the area, city officials said.

Timeline: March-fourth quarter 2018
Cost: $3.9 million
Funding source: city of Conroe

Ongoing projects

  1. A $3.3 million TxDOT project to improve landscaping on I-45 from I-10 in Harris County through Montgomery County has reached 73 percent completion.
    Estimated timeline: March 2016-TBA


2. A project to add a raised median, sidewalks and public transit stops on Hwy. 105 has reached 57 percent completion but has been paused for additional work.
Estimated timeline: October 2016-third quarter 2018

3. Conroe has rejected two bids from bus operators for a recently completed park and ride on FM 2854 under the I-45 overpass. The city is discussing options with METRO for possible service.
Estimated timeline: Early 2018

9. This spring, Conroe expects to start a project to expand Longmire Road from two lanes to four lanes between League Line Road and FM 3083. The project will be done in two phases.
Estimated timeline: Spring 2018-TBA


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