Here are some transportation updates for The Woodlands area.

Ongoing projects

1. Grogans Mill Road and Research Forest Drive turn lane constructionTurn lane improvements at Research Forest Drive and Grogans Mill Road will extend the westbound acceleration lane from southbound Grogans Mill to westbound Research Forest as well as the westbound Research Forest lane to northbound Grogans Mill. As of May 10, the westbound lane was completed, and work on the eastbound lane was delayed pending permits for relocation of utility lines, according to engineer John Bleyl. The project is being managed by Montgomery County Precinct 2.

Timeline: January-August

Cost: $240,000

Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 2, Texas Department of Transportation

Upcoming projects

2. David Memorial Drive extension

Right-of-way clearing to extend David Memorial Drive to Hwy. 242 took place in mid-March. Shenandoah officials approved the three-party interlocal funding agreement for the project with Montgomery County at an April 26 city of Shenandoah meeting. Bidding will open June 8, and construction should start in July, Bleyl said.

Timeline: July-TBD

Cost: $6 million

Funding source: city of Shenandoah, city of Conroe, Montgomery County

3. Robinson Road realignment

Oak Ridge North approved easement agreements with Entergy Texas in January to begin moving utilities to make way for the project to align Robinson Road across Hanna Road. Delays with Entergy’s relocation plans have set the project back to begin in August, according to city officials.

Timeline: August-late 2024

Cost: $6 million

Funding sources: city of Oak Ridge North, Montgomery County Precinct 3

4. Hwy. 242 improvements from FM 1488 to I-45

The Texas Department of Transportation will use existing right of way on Hwy. 242 between FM 1488 and I-45 to widen lanes and restripe the intersections. The project will also include construction of detention ponds on 10.74 acres of new right of way to be acquired by TxDOT. The project is expected to begin in October pending final design changes and weather conditions, according to TxDOT officials. Construction will take 18 months, officials have said.

Timeline: October-early 2025

Cost: $29 million

Funding source: TxDOT

Regional Projects

FM 1488 raised median construction

Construction has not yet started on a Texas Department of Transportation project to add a raised median along FM 1488 between Mostyn Drive in Magnolia and I-45 as of a May 1 update. The project was awarded to ISI Contracting Inc.

Timeline: first quarter 2023-fourth quarter 2025

Cost: $10.22 million

Funding sources: TxDOT, federal