Work underway to widen Rayford Road at Birnham Woods Drive east of Grand Parkway; traffic signal, left-turn lanes planned

Work at Rayford Road and Birnham Woods Drive has begun. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work at Rayford Road and Birnham Woods Drive has begun. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work at Rayford Road and Birnham Woods Drive has begun. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

A project that began in October will widen Rayford Road to four lanes between an area 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove to approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. It includes creating two new eastbound travel lanes from Waterbend to the intersection with Birnham Woods and using the existing road for the westbound lanes.

The project will also include building a bridge for eastbound Rayford traffic east of Spring Trails Park Drive. Construction began in October with D&W Contractors excavating at the west end of the project to clear a path for two lanes of traffic, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3.

The project includes a traffic signal at Rayford and Birnham Woods as well as widening Birnham Woods to four lanes both north and south of the intersection.

When completed, all four approaches to the intersection will have a dedicated left-turn lane. Concrete and storm sewer work was slated to begin on the west side of the project in November.

Timeline: October-fall 2021

Cost: $2.88 million
Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3



By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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