As the Harris County Toll Road Authority continues work on the Tomball Tollway extension—the tolled portion of Hwy. 249—plans are underway for additional facets of the road construction project.

Tomball Tollway map Harris County Toll Road Authority is expected to finish construction in winter 2019 of Tomball Tollway Phase 2.[/caption]

According to HCTRA officials, the project creates additional detention areas along Hwy. 249, sidewalk access on a portion of the roadway and accommodations for a future trail system with Spring Creek Park.

Here are a few questions you may be asking about the project, stretching from FM 2920 to the county line at Spring Creek.

How long until construction on Hwy. 249 is completed in Tomball?

The project is set to be complete in winter 2019, according to HCTRA officials.

Construction began in March on Phase 2 of the Tomball Tollway—a 1.7 mile stretch between FM 2920 and the Harris-Montgomery county line at Spring Creek. The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority is set to begin work in winter 2017 on the next portion of the tollway between Spring Creek and Woodtrace Boulevard near Pinehurst, HCTRA officials said. Both phases are expected to be complete in winter 2019.

Will the bridge over Spring Creek close during construction?

While HCTRA is working to replace the Spring Creek Bridge, any closure of the bridge will be short term, HCTRA officials said. Traffic will be shifted to the new bridge once construction of the bridge is completed, officials said. According to HCTRA, drivers can expect brief disruptions when shifting traffic but no long-term closures of the bridge.

How will I access the tollroad?

According to information from HCTRA, tolled on-ramps will be located north of FM 2920 and north of Baker Drive for drivers traveling northbound. Southbound drivers will be able to access a tolled off-ramp north of FM 2920.

How is HCTRA working to mitigate flooding near the tollway?

The construction project includes plans for a detention basin south of Spring Creek as well as preservation of a wetland area and the addition of a detention shelf near Lone Star College-Tomball, according to HCTRA.

How might the tollway project benefit me?

In addition to improving mobility in the Tomball area, HCTRA officials said the tollway provides a new evacuation route for Greater Houston-area individuals in the event of a hurricane or other catastrophic event.

According to HCTRA, Phase 2 of the tollway project seeks to reduce travel time for commuters between Harris and Montgomery counties as well as reduce traffic on the Hwy. 249 frontage roads between FM 2920 and Spring Creek.