6 transportation updates in Conroe and Montgomery

Here are six ongoing and upcoming transportation project to be aware of in the Conroe and Montgomery areas.

1.  Hwy. 105 improvements

The Texas Department of Transportation is working on a project in downtown Conroe to add a raised median, sidewalks, and pedestrian and transit areas to Hwy. 105 between I-45 and Hwy. 75. The project by contractor Smith & Co. is 92% complete.

Timeline: Oct. 4, 2016-first quarter 2019
Cost: $3.9 million
Funding source: TxDOT

2. FM 1488 turn lane

A TxDOT project by Harper Brothers Construction to build a right-turn lane along FM 1488 at Carriage Hills Boulevard is 59% complete.

Timeline: Feb. 13, 2019-second quarter 2019
Cost: $619,700
Funding source: TxDOT

3. FM 3083 widening

Hwy. 75 and FM 1484 TxDOT is in the midst of constructing a grade separation at the Union Pacific railroad along FM 3083, adding one lane in each direction with shoulders as well as a middle left-turn lane between Hwy. 75 and FM 1484. Contractor Smith & Co. is 73% done with the project.

Timeline: July 5, 2016-first quarter 2019
Cost: $13.5 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, local

4. FM 3083 widening from east of the Union Pacific railroad to North Loop 336

TxDOT is widening FM 3083 into a four-lane divided urban arterial roadway east of the Union Pacific railroad to North Loop 336. The project by Smith & Co. is 28% complete.

Timeline: Nov. 12, 2018-fourth quarter 2019
Cost: $9 million
Funding sources: federal, state

5. Sgt. Ed Holcomb Boulevard sidewalks

The city of Conroe plans to install 2,175 feet of sidewalk for pedestrian traffic extending from the Conroe High School ninth-grade campus to FM 2854 intended to accompany a bus route. Bids are slated to go out in April.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding source: city of Conroe

6. Westview Boulevard, Montgomery Park Boulevard rehab

Conroe has begun surveys for a project to install more than 3,000 feet of sidewalk and new water lines along (6A) Westview Boulevard and (6B) Montgomery Park Boulevard.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding source: city of Conroe
By Jules Rogers
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.


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