Transportation Updates


TRANSPORTATION UPDATES FM 1488 overpass[/caption]

1. FM 1488 overpass

Texas Department of Transportation crews are making progress on a project that will widen FM 1488 from two to four lanes and build a railroad overpass on FM 1488 near the FM 149 intersection. The project is intended to help alleviate traffic congestion on FM 1488 near Magnolia High School and will also make it possible for commuters to cross the railroad tracks without interruption. The project has reached 34 percent completion.
Timeline: December 2015-fourth quarter 2017
Cost: $27.6 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

2.  Egypt Lane widening

The project will widen a half-mile stretch of Egypt Lane from Research Forest Drive to FM 1488 from two to four lanes with a center-turn lane. A storm sewer system will be installed to replace the existing drainage ditches.
Timeline: summer 2016-TBD
Cost: $1.8 million
Funding sources: Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District

3. Copperhead Road

The proposed 3.5-mile road extension will create a two-lane road connecting Nichols Sawmill to Sanders Cemetery roads north of FM 2920. Montgomery County officials are working with engineers to finalize design plans. Construction is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2016.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $9.7 million
Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 2

4A. FM 2978 widening

Work on the southern portion of FM 2978, from Hufsmith Conroe Road to Dry Creek, will begin this spring. The project will widen the road from two to four lanes with a center-turn lane and 5-foot shoulders. Construction is expected to take 18 months to complete.

4B. FM 2978 widening

Construction on the northern segment, from Dry Creek to FM 1488, is expected to begin later this year. The Dry Creek bridge will be replaced, and the road will be widened from two to four lanes to match the southern portion. The project is expected to take 30 months to complete once construction begins.
Timeline: spring 2016-2019
Cost: $25 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

5. Kuykendahl Road Segment D1 

TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Kuykendahl Road Segment D1[/caption]

The project will widen Kuykendahl Road between Indian Hill Road and Timarron Drive from two to four lanes. The contractor—4-C Construction Services—was given the notice to proceed with construction in February.
Timeline: spring 2016-2019
Cost: $25 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

6. Improvements at Hufsmith-Kohrville and Holderrieth roads

Designs for a traffic signal and intersection improvements are being finalized by the Tomball Economic Development Corporation before they are sent to the county. Harris County expects to send the project out for bid in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $450,000
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.