New flyover announced for I-45 N and SH 242

A new flyover has been announced for I-45 North and the eastbound lanes of SH 242. (Photo by Montgomery County Commissioner Precinct 2)
A new flyover has been announced for I-45 North and the eastbound lanes of SH 242. (Photo by Montgomery County Commissioner Precinct 2)

A new flyover has been announced for I-45 North and the eastbound lanes of SH 242. (Photo by Montgomery County Commissioner Precinct 2)

Montgomery County Commissioners Charlie Riley and James Metts announced a new flyover will be added to the intersection of I-45 North and the eastbound lanes of SH 242 on May 5.

According to a press release from the offices of Riley and Metts, the two commissioners are allocating $5 million from each of their budgets along with additional funds remaining in a pre-existing road bond to pay for the project.


"We've got to keep the traffic flowing in a positive way," Riley said in the release. "The restricted traffic movement, due to a congested environment, interferes with people's daily lives, and deprives the community of time they could be spending in a more valuable manner. The north to west bound SH 242 flyover relieved quite a bit of the tie ups that were common before. The need to move forward is evident for the continued mobility of Montgomery County."

The new flyover will divert traffic from the heavily used intersection, which provides access to hospitals, medical offices, restaurants, churches, schools and residential complexes. The press release states a traffic study identified 53,000 vehicles using the intersection daily.

No starting date for construction of the flyover was listed on the press release. The original pair of flyovers for the intersection were completed in 2015.
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.