Montgomery County Commissioners debate removing Hwy. 242 flyover tolls

Montgomery County Commissioners debated removing tolls along the Hwy. 242 flyovers Tuesday.

Montgomery County Commissioners debated removing tolls along the Hwy. 242 flyovers Tuesday.

The removal of tolls along two flyover roads at I-45 and Hwy. 242 will not move forward at this time, while Montgomery County officials wait to determine how that action would affect maintenance on the roads.

County Judge Mark Keough brought a proposal to eliminate the tolls to the April 9 Montgomery County Commissioners Court, citing resident concerns over both the fees and traffic backups caused on the adjacent freeway service roads by drivers avoiding the tolls. Keough said that transportation in the county—and the tolls at Hwy. 242—have been persistent complaints from his constituents.

“By removing the tolls, I believe we’ll be able to remove much of the traffic jam that is there,” Keough said, adding traffic counts have shown only 3% of drivers traveling between the interstate and the state highway use the tolled flyovers.

While the majority of commissioners agreed in principle to taking away the tolls, several members of the court questioned how the roads would be maintained and how the Texas Department of Transportation would handle funding and maintaining the flyovers if removal efforts proceeded.

Keough said a contract between the county and TxDOT shows the state department’s responsibility for the roadway, while County Attorney B.D. Griffin said the agreement is unclear as to whether the state or county would be liable for maintenance.

“I do not know TxDOT’s interpretation,” Griffin said. “We have not spoken with them regarding whether they see a unilateral action by the toll road authority in Montgomery county to trigger an automatic maintenance responsibility.”

Following further discussion of the issue, the proposal was put to a vote and failed 3-2. Keough and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack voted in favor of the toll removal, while commissioners Mike Meador, Charlie Riley and James Metts voted against it. The commissioners agreed to pursue a meeting with TxDOT officials to determine what the flyovers’ status would be if the tolls were removed in an effort to move the process forward.

“I’m ready to get the tolls taken off. The sooner we can get TxDOT in here, I think the sooner we can come to an agreement,” Noack said.

In other news April 9, commissioners:

  • Unanimously approved a lease agreement between the county and DCR Development, LLC for hangar development on around 1.7 acres of land at the Conroe North Houston Regional Airport.

  • Unanimously opened the position of Administrative Assistant I with an annual salary of $45,630 in Precinct 3, and closed the position of part-time clerk while opening the position of Clerk IV with an annual salary of $46,530 in Precinct 4.


SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

At the annual State of the County address Nov. 15, County Judge Lina Hidalgo spoke on several initiatives launched in 2019, including criminal justice reform and emergency recovery, among other topics. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lina Hidalgo reflects on boundary-pushing first year in State of the County address

Early childhood development will be major focus of 2020, Hidalgo said.

Montgomery County Commissioners Court meets Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Conroe. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County to be declared a "gun sanctuary" county with resolution Nov. 19

Montgomery County commissioners are expected to hear a resolution Nov. 19 declaring the county a “gun sanctuary” county, officials with Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley’s office announced in a Nov. 14 release.

Centennial Elementary
Humble ISD celebrates 100th anniversary with special naming of Elementary School No. 29

The Harris County Common School District 50 was compiled into Humble ISD by the Texas legislature in February 1919.

Boatman Construction of Tomball received the family-owned Small Business of the Year award from Lone Star College-Small Business Development Center. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College announces 6 local Small Business of the Year awards at ceremony in The Woodlands

The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center presented awards to six north Houston-area local businesses at a Nov. 13 luncheon.

In a split 3-2 vote, the Harris County Commissioners Court passed a nonbinding resolution in favor of legislation requiring universal background checks for all Texas firearm sales, including those involving an unlicensed gun dealer and stranger-to-stranger gun sales, at its Nov. 12 meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)
In split vote, Harris County approves resolution supporting universal background checks for all Texas firearm sales

The nonbinding resolution's passing demonstrated the court's support of legislation requiring universal background checks for all gun sales in the state, including those involving an unlicensed gun dealer and stranger-to-stranger gun sales.

Ahead of the Dec. 14 mayoral runoff election for the city of Houston, Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced plans Nov. 12 to move the county’s ballot box collection center to a more centralized location in hopes of expediting election result returns. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County clerk to move ballot box collection center to centralized location in effort to expedite election result returns

Ahead of the Dec. 14 mayoral runoff election for the city of Houston, Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced plans Nov. 12 to move the county’s ballot box collection center to a more centralized location in hopes of expediting election result returns.

A dog receives treatment at Montgomery County Animal Shelter's new wellness clinic.
Montogmery County Animal Shelter opens wellness clinic

The clinic's purpose is to provide basic pet care and vaccines at a low cost.

Kingwood High School flood barriers
Kingwood High School to transform into ‘inverse aquarium’ to prevent future flooding

At the Nov. 12 school board meeting, architectural firm PBK Architects presented the preliminary design plans for the $30 million flood barrier project.

One of the major themes found in the report was a nearly 24-year range in average lifespan that varied across the county from as low as 65 years to as high as 89 years. According to the report, the Memorial/Bear Creek area has the highest average lifespan, while the East Little York/Settegast area has the lowest. (Courtesy Harris County Public Health)
Benchmark study reveals 24-year lifespan variance, high obesity rates and limited health care access across Harris County

A study by Harris County Public Health found life expectancy in Harris County alone varies by nearly 24 years depending on where a resident lives.

Montgomery County commissioners appointed 10 members to the county's new ethics commission at their Nov. 12 regular meeting.
Community Impact Newspaper staff
Montgomery County commissioners approve 10 members for new county ethics commission

Funding for two county flood planning initiatives was also approved at the couty's Nov. 12 meeting.

Snow fell at the Tomball Museum Center in early December 2017 (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Greater Houston area to experience cold front Nov. 11-13; temperature could reach freezing point

The front is not expected to affect travel because the ground is too warm for precipitation to stick.

Drivers on the Grand Parkway will pay higher tolls come Jan. 1, 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Tolls to increase Jan. 1 on the Grand Parkway

Drivers on the Grand Parkway will see toll rates increase 2% on Jan. 1, 2020.

Back to top