4 ongoing road projects in The Woodlands area: Grogan's Mill, Technology Forest and 2 more

Work on Robinson Road near I-45 wrapped up in September. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work on Robinson Road near I-45 wrapped up in September. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work on Robinson Road near I-45 wrapped up in September. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several road projects are underway in The Woodlands area, including changes to intersections in The Woodlands and to Rayford Road.

Ongoing projects

1. Rayford Road improvements

The project 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 Cove 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 was slated to begin in October and last 360 calendar days.

Timeline: October-fall 2021

Cost: $2.88 million

Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

2. Grogan’s Mill Road and South Millbend Drive intersection improvements

A second left-turn lane for traffic will be created at three directions of the intersection of Grogan’s Mill Road and South Millbend Drive. Additional turn lanes will be constructed at north and southbound Grogan’s Mill and at eastbound South Millbend. The project will include redesigned signal locations and will necessitate rerouting some traffic during construction. As of mid-October, planners said the permanent signal pole work and construction of a southbound left-turn lane on Grogan’s Mill Road were scheduled to begin soon.

Timeline: September-TBD

Cost: $1.54 million (engineering and design)

Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

3. Signalization at New Trails Drive and Technology Forest Boulevard

The project will add a traffic signal at New Trails Drive and Technology Forest Boulevard. Technology Forest will be widened to accommodate a right turn-only lane and a straight or left-turn lane in each direction at the intersection with New Trail Drive. The project also includes adding a crosswalk to the south side of the intersection. As of mid-October, the signal pole, cabinet and wiring had been installed. Pavement and median work was planned for the subsequent weeks.

Timeline: October-December

Cost: $210,203 (includes signal at Cochran’s Crossing and Bay Branch drives)

Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

4. FM 2978 widening

The project will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe-Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The existing bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. As of early October, the first phase of the project was 53% complete, the second phase was 86% complete and the bridge was 99% complete.

Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-third quarter 2020 (Phase 2), October 2018-third quarter 2020 (bridge)

Cost: $21.3 million (Phase 1), $12.9 million (Phase 2), $7.6 million (bridge)

Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation, federal funds

Completed projects

In addition to projects currently underway, a project at I-45 and Robinson Road recently wrapped up.

I-45 at Woodlands Parkway/Robinson Road project completed

Robinson Road was widened to four lanes from 350 feet west of the intersection with Patsy Lane to 550 feet east of the intersection. The project also included improving I-45 frontage road access at Woodlands Parkway and Robinson Road, adding a traffic signal at the Robinson overpass at I-45 and reconfiguring the cloverleaf at the I-45 frontage roads. The project changed several traffic patterns at the I-45 frontage roads where the highway meets Woodlands Parkway and Robinson Road. The work was one of Precinct 3’s 2015 Montgomery County road bond projects.

Timeline: March-September

Cost: $2.4 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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