A long-awaited plan between Harris and Montgomery counties to build a new bridge and roadway over Spring Creek got a boost with the donation of 8 acres of property needed for the project, officials announced June 1.

Montgomery County Precinct 3 and Harris County Precinct 4 have entered into an interlocal agreement for the project, but additional property was needed for the roadway and for detention facilities required for the counties to meet drainage criteria, according to a release from The Howard Hughes Corp., which has donated the property.

Road improvements will extend from Gatewood Reserve Lane in Montgomery County to Creekside Forest Drive in Harris County.

"We appreciate the willingness of The Howard Hughes Corporation in working with us and keeping this project moving forward,” Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said. “When we all work together, we are better stewards of taxpayer dollars. We are excited to get this project going, which will greatly improve safety and mobility along this thoroughfare in our community.”

The bridge will be dedicated to the late Calvin T. Ladner, a local civil engineer, according to the release. Ladner's company, LJA, is designing the improvements.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle thanked the company for the donation in a statement.

“I certainly appreciate the generosity and civic-mindedness of The Howard Hughes Corporation in donating the land that allows us to complete the Gosling Road bridge improvements and the crucial drainage improvements," Cagle said. "With their help, we will significantly improve commuting in the area.”

An $8.1 million project to widen Gosling Road went out for bid May 28, and the project will be advertised for three weeks. Montgomery County will provide $4 million, or about half of the cost, officials said.