Transportation updates: 5 projects to know in South Montgomery County

  1. Woodlands Parkway widening
    Woodlands Parkway will be widened from six to eight lanes from west of I-45 to a half-mile west of the Grogan’s Mill Road overpass. The project will add one lane in each direction with right-turn and acceleration lanes at major intersections. The eastbound lanes of Woodlands Parkway opened to motorists in mid-December, and crews were working on the westbound lanes in January, according to Precinct 3 officials.
    Timeline: February 2018-April 2019
    Cost: $6.7 million
    Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3
  2. Rayford Road expansion
    This project will widen Rayford Road from four to six lanes between Lazy Lane and the Grand Parkway, construct a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, install new traffic signals and add a raised median. Crews were working to install the storm drainage system as of mid-January. When drainage system construction is complete, road widening work will proceed, according to
    Precinct 3 officials. Eastbound and westbound temporary lane closures will occur from Richards Road to the Grand Parkway weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. throughout the duration of the project.
    Timeline: April 2017-summer 2019
    Cost: $50.6 million
    Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3
  3. Birnham Woods Drive widening
    Birnham Woods Drive will be widened from two to four lanes from north of Fuller Bluff Drive to north of Elan Boulevard. Traffic signals will be added to the intersections of Birnham Woods and Legends Run Drive as well as Birnham Woods and Elan, according to Precinct 3 officials. Crews were nearing completion on the concrete pouring between Fuller Bluff and Lake Bend Shore Drive as of mid-January, and utility relocations were scheduled for late January.
    Timeline: September 2018-September 2019
    Cost: $2.5 million
    Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3
  4. I-45 bridge improvements at Rayford and Sawdust roads
    The Texas Department of Transportation will fully replace the I-45 bridge deck where it crosses Rayford and Sawdust roads, replace the support materials under the bridge on the northbound side and patch the support column where I-45 crosses Spring Creek. TxDOT Public Information Officer Emily Black said replacement of the northbound and southbound bridge decks were completed in January, but the crew still needs to replace the southbound support materials and repair the column at Spring Creek to wrap up the project.
    Timeline: Jan. 2, 2019-March 2, 2019
    Cost: $405,277
    Funding source: TxDOT
  5. Elan Boulevard widening
    The project will widen Elan Boulevard from two to four lanes from Aldine Westfield Road to Birnham Woods Drive and will also widen Aldine Westfield from two to four lanes from Elan to Knoll Oaks Lane. The project will also add a traffic signal to the intersection of Elan and Aldine Westfield. As of mid-January, crews are preparing to install the new traffic signal, Precinct 3 officials said.
    Timeline: August 2018-May 2019
    Cost: $2 million
    Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3
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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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