Montgomery County officials sought community feedback through mid-June on an update to the county’s thoroughfare plan, which updates the previous plan from 2016.

According to information from Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack’s office, which organized a virtual meeting room to collect public feedback through June 11, the new plan will provide a map of proposed and existing thoroughfares and collector roads throughout the four precincts in Montgomery County. The study helps the county identify traffic flow patterns and predict future growth.

“This update is important due to the fact that our area is growing and no one likes traffic,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Robert Walker said in a statement. “Getting an idea of future projects helps us make sure we are getting the roads where people are going and improve the flow of traffic.”

The county is working with firm Brown and Gay Engineers Inc. to update the plan.

According to a news release from Noack’s office, the updated plan will incorporate findings from mobility studies in precincts 2-4.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley has been working with the Houston-Galveston Area Council on a mobility study for Precinct 2 since September, which is anticipated to wrap up in March or April 2022.

Following the public comments gathered in June on the county’s thoroughfare update, the plan will be presented to the Commissioners Court for final approval in July.

In other news, two other road projects are underway.

FM 1097 widening to Blueberry Hills Road

A third section of FM 1097 in Willis is slated to go out for a construction bid in August, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The project would widen the road to four lanes between Lake Conroe Hills Drive and west of Blueberry Hills Road. A construction timeline is yet to be determined.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $15.39 million

Funding source: TxDOT

FM 1097 widening, I-45 to Lake Conroe Hills

TxDOT continues its widening projects on two segments of FM 1097 in Willis. The segment from I-45 to Anderson Road was 87% complete as of June 8. The segment from Anderson Road to Lake Conroe Hills Drive was 13% complete as of June 8. The two projects widen the stretches of road from two to four lanes with a continuous left-turn lane.

Timeline: fourth quarter 2018-third quarter 2021 (A); Feb. 2, 2021-fourth quarter 2023 (B)

Cost: $15.71 million (A), $14.69 million (B)

Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds