FM 1097 construction continues and 2 other local projects to follow

The widening of FM 1097 between Anderson Road and Lake Conroe Hills Drive is expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2021. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The widening of FM 1097 between Anderson Road and Lake Conroe Hills Drive is expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2021. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The widening of FM 1097 between Anderson Road and Lake Conroe Hills Drive is expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2021. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

FM 1097 widening

As the first segment of the FM 1097 widening wraps up in Willis from I-45 to Anderson Road, the widening of the next section of the road kicks off in the first quarter between Anderson Road and Lake Conroe Hills Drive. The Texas Department of Transportation will widen the road from two lanes to four lanes with a continuous left-turn lane.

Timeline: fourth quarter 2018-third quarter 2021 (Segment 1), first quarter 2021-third quarter 2021 (Segment 2)

Cost: $15.71 million (Segment 1), $14.69 million (Segment 2)

Funding sources: TxDOT, federal


New traffic signals installed

Two traffic signal additions are finishing up. According to the city of Conroe, a new signal being erected at Bois D’Arc Bend and Walden Road is scheduled for completion in March. Additionally, materials are on-site for a signal at North Loop 336 and Montgomery Park Boulevard that will finish in April.

Timeline: fall 2020-March 2021 (Bois D’Arc Bend), October 2020-April 2021 (Montgomery Park Boulevard)

Cost: $230,803 (Bois D’Arc Bend), $245,684 (Montgomery Park Boulevard)

Funding source: city of Conroe

Hwy. 249 Segment 1B to open

Segment 1B of the Hwy. 249 extension is expected to open in the spring from FM 1488 in Magnolia to FM 1774 in Todd Mission, according to TxDOT. The larger $843.8 million project will stretch from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to Hwy. 105 in Navasota once complete in late 2023. Section 1A, just south of the ongoing construction, opened in August from FM 1774 to FM 1488 in Magnolia.

Timeline: early 2018-spring 2021 (Segment 1B)

Cost: $518.6 million (Segment 1)

Funding source: TxDOT
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.