Transportation updates: 3 roads to watch The Woodlands area

Work on projects in The Woodlands area is progressing in October. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Work on projects in The Woodlands area is progressing in October. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Work on projects in The Woodlands area is progressing in October. (Courtesy Fotolia)

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 early October, the first phase of the project was 53% complete; the second phase was 86% complete; and the bridge was 99% 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: Texas Department of Transportation, federal funds

2. 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 78% complete as of early October.

Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020

Cost: $23.7 million

Funding sources: federal funds, TxDOT

Gosling Road Segment 3 widening

A project is in the final stage of the design phase to upgrade Gosling Road to four lanes between West Rayford Road and Creekside Forest Drive. The project is expected to request authorization to bid in the fourth quarter of 2020, Harris County officials said.

Timeline: fourth quarter 2020-TBD

Cost: TBD

Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

3. Gosling Road bridge across Spring Creek

Gosling Road will be upgraded to a four-lane boulevard with twin bridges across Spring Creek. The project is a joint participation project between Harris County Precinct 4 and Montgomery County Precinct 3. The project was in the design phase as of mid-August through early October, and Harris County expects to seek authorization to bid the project in the first quarter of 2021.

Timeline: first quarter 2021-TBD

Cost: TBD

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