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.