Montgomery County commissioners approved $2.7 million on May 7 for design and engineering on the long-awaited FM 1486 expansion from Jackson Road to Hwy. 105.

The details

In a meeting of the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority, commissioners voted unanimously to approve the funding for the HNTB Corporation to begin preliminary work on the second phase of the FM 1486 extension project.

The first phase of the project will widen FM 1486 from FM 1774 to Jackson Road, while the second phase will continue widening FM 1486 all the way to Hwy. 105.

According to prior Community Impact reporting, the new roadway will include:
  • Four 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two in each direction
  • A 40-foot-wide raised median
  • 10-foot-wide outside and 4-foot-wide inside shoulders
  • A 10-foot-wide shared-use path for bicycle and pedestrian use
  • Drainage via roadside ditch

HNTB Corporation will also perform the design and engineering for the bridge over the BNSF railroad on FM 1486.

The timeline

Commissioners approved roughly $14 million for expansion projects in Precinct 2 in November, including the $2.7 allocated for design and engineering of FM 1486 from Jackson Road to Hwy. 105.

Actual construction on the first phase of the widening project is not set to begin until 2028, according to David Balmos with WSB consultants.