Transportation updates: Rayford Road widening and 5 other construction projects in The Woodlands area in March, April

Work on road projects in The Woodlands area continued in March and April. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Work on road projects in The Woodlands area continued in March and April. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Work on road projects in The Woodlands area continued in March and April. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Work is nearly complete on a Rayford Road widening project, and other construction projects moved forward in March and April.

Ongoing projects

1. FM 2978 widening

The project will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe-Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The existing bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. As of mid-March, Phase 1 was 40% complete, and Phase 2 was 68% complete, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-third quarter 2020 (Phase 2), October 2018-third quarter 2020 (bridge)


Cost: $21.3 million (Phase 1), $12.9 million (Phase 2), $7.6 million (bridge)

Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds

2. Rayford Road widening

Rayford Road is being expanded from four to six lanes from Richards Road to the Grand Parkway. The project also includes constructing a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacific Corp. railroad. According to Montgomery County Precinct 3, all lanes were open as of April 9.

Timeline: April 2017-spring 2020

Cost: $60 million allocated

Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

Upcoming projects

3. Lake Woodlands Drive widening

Montgomery County Precinct 3 will widen a 0.17-mile section of Lake Woodlands Drive from west of Six Pines Drive to the western side of I-45. The project includes adding a third westbound lane between I-45 and Pinecroft Drive and making the inside lane a left turn lane. The project will be funded through the 2015 Montgomery County road bond.

Timeline: spring 2020-late 2020

Cost: $1.5 million

Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

4. Hwy. 242 left turn lane widening

TxDOT began work on a project to widen a left turn lane on Hwy. 242 from Harpers Way to Great Oaks Drive in February. The project was 7% complete in mid-March.

Timeline: February-second quarter 2020

Cost: $575,000

Funding source: federal funds

5. Hwy. 242 overpass

The project will construct a grade separation at Hwy. 242 from west of FM 1314 to east of FM 1314. This is the first of four projects to construct an overpass at Hwy. 242 and FM 1314. The project was 67% complete as of mid-March.

Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020

Cost: $23.5 million

Funding source: TxDOT

6. Gosling Road bridge

The project to widen Gosling Road to four lanes from south of Flintridge Drive to the village of Creekside Park is in the design phase. The project includes widening the southbound bridge over Spring Creek.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $4 million (Montgomery County), $5.8 million (Harris County)

Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4

7. Gosling Road widening

Construction is underway on a project to widen Gosling Road to a four-lane concrete section with improved drainage between Mossy Oaks and West Rayford roads. Originally anticipated for completion in late 2019, the project has been delayed by inclement weather, said Pamela Rocchi, director of Harris County Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects Division.

Timeline: March 21, 2018-May 2020

Cost: $9.4 million

Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4
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.