4 transportation updates underway in The Woodlands area in June 2020 include Lake Woodlands Drive, Hwy. 242

Area road work includes widening Lake Woodlands Drive. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Area road work includes widening Lake Woodlands Drive. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Area road work includes widening Lake Woodlands Drive. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)



Roads under construction in The Woodlands area this spring include Lake Woodlands Drive and several Texas Department of Transportation projects.

Ongoing projects

1. Lake Woodlands Drive widening


Montgomery County Precinct 3 is widening 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 and will be completed in the fall, Precinct 3 officials said. As of May 18, improvements were slated to begin at the intersection near the Pinecroft Center and The Woodlands Mall.Timeline: April-early fall


Cost: $1.5 million

Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

2. 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-May, Phase 1 was 42% complete, and Phase 2 was 69% complete, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Work on the bridge was 82% complete.

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

3. Hwy. 242 left turn lane widening

TxDOT began work on a project to widen a left turn lane on Hwy. 242 from Harper’s Way to Great Oaks Drive in March. The project was 9% complete in mid-May, and completion was expected in the second quarter of 2020, according to TxDOT.Timeline: March-second quarter

Cost: $575,000

Funding source: federal funds through TxDOT

4. Hwy. 242 overpass at FM 1314

The project will construct a grade separation along Hwy. 242 from west 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 70% complete as of mid-May.

Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020

Cost: $23.5 million

Funding source: federal funds through TxDOT




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.


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