The Woodlands board of directors accepted a mobility study from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and Montgomery County Precinct 2 that has been ongoing since September 2020

The board accepted the study during an Aug. 18 meeting.

Carlene Mullins, HGAC project manager for the study, highlighted a variety of short term and long term projects that can be completed anywhere between 1-10 years and more than 11 years.

Among the specific projects, Mullins said, was a high level analysis of the intersection of Research Forest Drive and Grogans Mill Road, which included meeting with area residents who use the intersection daily to identify issues such as cars running red lights, overgrown vegetation, high vehicle speeds and missing signage.

Mullins said among the recommendations for the intersection are adding and extending turn bays, reinstalling missing signage, clearing some of the vegetation, improving the signals at the intersection and adding additional street lighting. The turn bays are a work in progress, and Mullins said construction is anticipated to begin later in the fall or by spring 2023.

A list of all of the proposed mobility projects which will affect The Woodlands, Tomball and Magnolia can be found here.

Bruce Rieser, vice chairman of The Woodlands Board of Directors, said he was glad to see a proposed solution for the northbound lane of the Research Forest Drive and Grogans Mill Road intersection that includes a left turn lane.

"All of the plans I had seen up until now added a lane to the righthand side, which makes no sense," Rieser said.

Rieser commented he would like to see a speed limit reduction for the intersection in the future.

The Woodlands Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs said she still has concerns about the intersections at I-45 in The Woodlands, and she would like to see HGAC continue to work with the Texas Department of Transportation to avoid having The Woodlands become a "relief valve" for traffic congestion.

The board of directors accepted the study with a 4-1 vote, with Sekula-Gibbs casting the dissenting vote.