Voters approve $280 million Montgomery County road bond

Updated 10:25 p.m.

Montgomery County residents approved the $280 million Montgomery County road bond, with 28,859 residents, or 63 percent of voters, approving the measure while 16,690 residents, or 37 percent of voters, opposed it.

With $280 million in road bond funds at its disposal, the county plans to expand FM 1097 in Precinct 1, Fish Creek Thoroughfare in Precinct 2, Rayford Road and Woodlands Parkway in Precinct 3, as well as a variety of other projects throughout the county.

"The voters in Montgomery County saw past a lot of the nonsense, and they are ready to move forward," Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal said. "I think it is important that we come together and ensure that our vision going forward is a positive one and that we address the needs of the seventh-fastest growing county in the nation."

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said he is enthusiastic about being able to move forward with mobility improvement projects with the bond funds. Precinct 3 covers portions of The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North and the Rayford Road corridor.

"I am very pleased that the road bond passed," Noack said. "The people demanded a better road bond in May, and that is what they got. They overwhelmingly supported it, and now we are able to start to improve mobility in Montgomery County."

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark said he hopes to leverage federal dollars to increase the funds available for mobility improvement projects in the county. Precinct 3 covers portions of The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North and the Rayford Road corridor.

"I think it is a great thing for Montgomery County mobility," Clark said. "The best thing we can do now is leverage all of the dollars we can with TxDOT to increase [the funds]. That is a win-win."

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 7:30 p.m.

Early voters turned out in favor of the $280 million Montgomery County road bond, with 14,009 residents, or 62 percent of voters, approving the measure while 8,303 residents, or 37 percent of voters opposed it.

The proposal comes on the heels of a $350 million road bond referendum that was soundly rejected by Montgomery County voters in May primarily because of a proposed six-mile extension to Woodlands Parkway from FM 2978 to Hwy. 249 in Precinct 2. The project was removed by the county from the new bond referendum, along with several road rehabilitation projects throughout the county, in order to gain the endorsement of the Texas Patriots political action committee—which was among the most vocal opponents of the May bond referendum.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the night as results are released. All results are unofficial until canvassed.





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