New westbound lanes on Woodlands Parkway open on July 2

New westbound lanes of the Woodlands Parkway, shown here in a file photo before construction started, opened Tuesday.

New westbound lanes of the Woodlands Parkway, shown here in a file photo before construction started, opened Tuesday.

Montgomery County Precinct 3 officials announced July 2 that the Woodlands Parkway widening is complete and new westbound lanes are open.

The project widened the road from six to eight lanes from just west of I-45 to a half-mile west of Grogan’s Mill Road. It also added one thru-lane in each direction and a right-turn lane in each direction at intersections along that stretch, Precinct 3 officials said.

The road was expanded to four lanes from Many Pines Lane to the Grogan's Mill Road exit, and a fifth outside lane provides a right-turn entrance and exit from Many Pines to the entrance of the Glade Cultural Center, Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack announced on his Facebook page.

Three westbound Woodlands Parkway lanes pass over the Grogan's Mill Road bridge and then merge into two lanes.

A few final items are being completed by the contractor, and the crosswalk at the intersection of Woodlands Parkway and Many Pines/Woodloch Forest Drive will remain closed to pedestrians until a new pedestrian signal is installed at the intersection, Precinct 3 officials said.

The $6.8 million project began in February 2018 and is part of the 2015 Montgomery County road bond.

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.