Montgomery County Precinct 2 and Tomball ISD leaders hope to alleviate heavy daily traffic near Decker Prairie Elementary School—caused by an influx of cars for student drop-off and pickup—with a new traffic pattern set to debut Sept. 18.

What’s happening?

During “peak school hours”—7:45-8:40 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday—the traffic flows for three roads around Tomball ISD's Decker Prairie Elementary School in Magnolia will run in a counterclockwise fashion, according to a Sept. 13 news release from Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley's office and TISD.

“School traffic at drop-off and dismissal times has caused brief but challenging bottlenecks in the area,” officials said in the release. “The school administration has been working to solve the problem that involves the narrow two-lane streets near the campus.”

The details

According to the release, the new traffic rules include:
  • Peden Road becoming one-way only, and cars entering the school will be required to wait in line on the east side of the road, which is the inside lane and the lane closest to the school.
  • Cars lined up on Decker Prairie-Rosehill Road will stay on the north side of the road so drivers can head toward the school’s entrance.
  • Traffic exiting Hwy. 249 onto Decker Prairie Road can’t turn left onto Decker Prairie-Rosehill Road.
  • Any cars exiting from nearby neighborhoods must turn right when using Johlke Lane, Shannon Circle, Christiana Drive and the section of Decker Prairie-Rosehill Road that connects to Hwy. 249.

The approach

Law enforcement will be stationed at critical points on the streets surrounding the school to assist with the transition, according to the news release. Signage will also be posted in the area.

The new traffic flows were created in collaboration between Precinct 2, TISD and Harris County Precinct 4 deputies.

Decker Prairie Elementary is located at 27427 Decker Prairie-Rosehill Road, Magnolia.