The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority approved just over $14 million on Nov. 7 to begin work on extension projects on FM 149 and FM 1486 in the Magnolia and Montgomery areas.

What you need to know

Two extension projects in Montgomery County Precinct 2 received funding and authorization to move forward on beginning design and engineering efforts. The two projects are expected to improve mobility through the areas by providing additional routes in high-traffic areas.

FM 1486 widening
  • $10.29 million allocated
  • Widening from two lanes to four lanes
  • Adding a raised median
  • Spanning 7.73 miles from FM 1774 to Jackson Road
FM 149 extension
  • $3.9 million allocated
  • Creating a four-lane divided highway
  • Spanning 3.45 miles from Jackson Road to Hwy. 249
  • New bridge at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad
What they’re saying

“The Magnolia Relief Route is the first thing that's going to be under construction, followed by the [FM] 149 extension by 2025. Total construction cost of all these projects is somewhere between $1.2 [billion] and $1.6 billion. That's the program we've got put together with [the Texas Department of Transportation],” Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said in an interview.

What’s next

Riley said the FM 149 project is expected to begin construction by 2024 and is entering the final design phase and review process.

He said the FM 1486 expansion is entering the design and survey phase, which will include land surveying, right-of-way identification and other environmental studies.