Ask the editor:How are transportation entities planning long-term mobility improvements?

Any commuter in the Lake Conroe area can tell you that traffic seems to be increasing as more people move to our community. There are many ongoing projects that should bring some relief to residents in the short term, which we feature on Page 11, but there are many more improvements left to be made.
To plan for the future, Montgomery County maintains a thoroughfare plan that outlines long-term plans for mobility improvements throughout the region. This plan was updated in collaboration with the Houston-Galveston Area Council in 2016.

The H-GAC also offers regional long-term planning for mobility improvements. On April 4, H-GAC officials hosted a public outreach meeting to speak with residents to discuss its 2045 Regional Transportation Plan and the need for new or improved roads, bike lanes, sidewalks and public transit options in Montgomery County. The RTP is a long-range plan that prioritizes spending on regional transportation projects, and it is updated every four to five years.


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The store opened July 10. (Courtesy Combat Zone Nutrition)
Combat Zone Nutrition now open in Conroe, serving shakes, herbal energy teas

Try the Mermaid herbal tea, made with an orange base and blue sweet tart.

Willis ISD released its preliminary plan for welcoming students back to campus in the fall, as well as options for remote learning. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Willis ISD lays out plan for fall instruction

Families will have until July 24 to make their decision about whether their student will learn through on-campus or remote instruction.

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

The county's active case count rose July 10 after three straight days of declines. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County adds 40 active COVID-19 cases, reaches 3,000 cumulative cases July 10

Five new hospitalizations and 87 new recoveries were also reported July 10.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

Texas Medical Center reports only 4% uptick in ICU bed use despite continued COVID-19 case increases

Compared to 1,350 total intensive care units in use June 30, Texas Medical Center has seen only a slight uptick in occupancies since then, with 1,394 reported July 9.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
Refinancing a home, police departments address protests: Popular news this week from Greater Houston

Read popular stories from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Lone Star College had almost 3,000 foreign students attend in the spring semester this year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules could affect thousands of Lone Star College students

Lone Star College is currently unsure how a recent ICE rule will be affected its foreign student population.

Montgomery reviewed its comprehensive plan July 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here are 5 takeaways from Montgomery's comprehensive plan

The plan had special recommendations related to housing, transportation, economic development, community facilities and the downtown area.