PHOTOS: The Woodlands' Waterway Avenue bridge dedicated to Alex Sutton and family

Alex Sutton and his family cut the ribbon to mark the dedication of The Woodlands Waterway bridge. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Alex Sutton and his family cut the ribbon to mark the dedication of The Woodlands Waterway bridge. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

Alex Sutton and his family cut the ribbon to mark the dedication of The Woodlands Waterway bridge. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Alex Sutton, fourth from left, was joined by leadership from The Howard Hughes Corp. and The Woodlands Development Company for the dedication ceremony Dec. 28. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Onlookers, including local community and business leaders, lined the bridge at The Woodlands Waterway on Dec. 28 for the dedication ceremony. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Alex Sutton spoke at the dedication event Dec. 28. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Alex Sutton retired this year from his position as co-president of The Woodlands Development Company. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A plaque on the bridge dedicates the site to the Alex Sutton family. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Community leaders, including J.J. Hollie, president of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, signed a commemorative photo for Sutton. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Robert Heineman, vice president of planning and design with The Howard Hughes Corp., spoke at the dedication event. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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From left, Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack was joined by Jim Carman, Houston Region president of The Howard Hughes Corp.; and Alex Sutton, former co-president of The Woodlands Development Company, at the bridge ceremony. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The bridge over Waterway Avenue in The Woodlands is now the Alex Sutton Family Bridge following a Dec. 28 dedication ceremony with James Noack, Montgomery County Precinct 3 commissioner, and members of The Woodlands community.

Alex Sutton retired in 2020 from his post as co-president of The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corp., after 26 years with the company.

The renaming of the bridge from The Woodlands Waterway Avenue Bridge was approved by Montgomery County commissioners Nov. 20.

“Alex Sutton has been an integral part of the fabric of The Woodlands for several years," Noack said in a statement. "We wanted to recognize Alex’s many accomplishments and contributions to our community by naming this bridge in his honor. It is a fitting tribute to his dedication to what The Woodlands has become today, and for what its future holds for those who live and work in this wonderful community.”

Among Sutton's accomplishments was management of the design and construction of many of The Woodlands area's major thoroughfares, residential and commercial building areas as well as six bridges, according to a news release from The Howard Hughes Corp.


Sutton, who lives in the Town Center area, has also served on numerous local boards, including as director and chairman of Interfaith of The Woodlands, director of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and chairman of The Woodlands Arts Council. He has also served as director of Montgomery County Youth Services, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership and the North Houston Association.

Sutton said at the event that he expects the development company's leadership to continue the work in which he has been engaged for more than two decades.

"The past is the prologue—or, in other words, 'You ain't seen nothing yet.' And it's going to be great to be living right here and see Jim [Carman, Houston Region president of The Howard Hughes Corp.,] take care and get the rest of The Waterway built," Sutton said at the dedication. "I feel very confident ... The Woodlands is in great hands."

Sutton also acknowledged Co-President Tim Welbes, who will continue in that role with the company.
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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