"There's two projects on Fish Creek that are going to be big not only [for] Harris County—people coming out of Tomball—[but] people coming out of Magnolia trying to get up to Conroe and up to [Hwy.] 105 around the lake," Riley said.
When complete, Riley said the projects will provide drivers a safer route from FM 1488 to Hwy. 105 in the Montgomery area.
"Instead of having to cross at-grade at the railroad tracks, we've gone over the railroad tracks and over [FM] 2854, so that takes the train-vehicle risk out of the equation altogether," he said. "We'll have all of that stretch of road—from [FM] 1488 all the way over to [Hwy.] 105—will be a four-lane road with center medians, turn lanes and shoulders—all of the stuff that we've been needing out here in Precinct 2 in this part of Montgomery County for years."
Once the overpass across the railroad tracks is completed, Riley said the next step is to install a traffic signal at the on- and off-ramp at Fish Creek and the new intersection on FM 2854.
The projects are funded by the 2015 Montgomery County road bond, he said.
Timeline: August 2018-October 2020 (bridge), July 2019-November 2020 (overpass)
Cost: $5.53 million (bridge), $6.12 million (overpass)
Funding source: 2015 Montgomery County road bond