7 transportation projects underway in Tomball and Magnolia

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Ongoing projects

1. The Tomball Economic Development Corporation is finalizing designs for a traffic signal and left-turn lane at Holderrieth and Hufsmith-Kohrville roads before plans are sent to Harris County. The project will be sent out for bid by the county in the second quarter of 2017, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Estimated timeline: Second quarter 2017-TBA.

2. When finished, the Texas Department of Transportation flyover at FM 1488 and FM 149 in Magnolia will allow a direct connection between the two roadways. The $27.6 million project also includes widening FM 1488 to four lanes and adding a center-turn lane. Estimated timeline: December 2015-fourth quarter 2017.

3. Construction began in late February on Phase 2 of the Tomball Tollway extension, which will extend the existing tollway from north of FM 2920 in Tomball to Spring Creek when completed. The third and fourth phases of the tollway extension—consecutively extending the tollway from Montgomery to Grimes counties—are set to be complete in late 2019. Estimated timeline: February 2017- December 2019.

Project updates

4. FM 1774 widening
TxDOT is working to widen the 2.8-mile stretch of FM 1774 from two to four lanes and add a center turn lane. The project runs from just south of Magnolia city limits at West Lost Creek Boulevard to FM 149 in Pinehurst. Previously suspended due to utility relocation, construction is slated for completion in September 2018.
Timeline: July 2016-September 2018
Cost: $18 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

5. FM 1774 overpass
TxDOT is working to build an overpass extending FM 1774 over the Union Pacific railroad tracks at FM 1488 in Magnolia to provide drivers a direct route. The overpass project, stretching from FM 1486 south to FM 1488, will take about 32 months to complete with an end date set for the third quarter of 2019.
Timeline: December 2016-third quarter 2019
Cost: $18 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

6. Kuykendahl Road traffic signal addition
A traffic signal will be added in Tomball at the intersection of Hollywick Drive and Kuykendahl Road. Harris County Precinct 4 officials said construction began Feb. 22 and will be complete in early April.
Timeline: February-April
Cost: $225,811
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4

7. Northpointe Boulevard traffic signal addition
Work is underway to install a traffic signal system at the intersection of Northpointe Boulevard and Northpointe Terrace Drive in Tomball. According to Harris County Precinct 4 officials, construction began in mid-March and will be complete in late April.
Timeline: March-April 2017
Cost: $180,000
Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4

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Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.

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