TRANSPORTATION UPDATES: 3 projects underway in The Woodlands area on Lake Woodlands Drive, Hwy. 242

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Several projects are underway in Montgomery County Precinct 3 and The Woodlands area this summer. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Several projects are underway in Montgomery County Precinct 3 and The Woodlands area this summer. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Work on widening Lake Woodlands Drive made progress in June, and several Hwy. 242 projects are expected to finish in 2020.

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 is funded through the 2015 Montgomery County road bond and will be completed by late summer or early fall, Precinct 3 officials said. As of mid-June, work at the Pinecroft Center and The Woodlands Mall was almost complete, and signal poles were installed.

Timeline: April-early fall

Cost: $1.5 million


Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

Hwy. 242 landscape development

The Texas Department of Transportation began work on a landscape development project on Hwy. 242 from Harper’s Way to Lazy River Road in October. The project was 48% complete in mid-June, and completion was expected in the second quarter of 2020, according to TxDOT.

Timeline: Oct. 14, 2019-second quarter 2020

Cost: $1.72 million

Funding source: federal funds, TxDOT

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 75% complete as of mid-June.

Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020

Cost: $23.7 million

Funding source: federal funds, 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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