New Hwy. 249 tolled lanes open in Pinehurst

New lanes are now open on the first Montgomery County portion of Hwy. 249. (April Halpin/Community Impact Newspaper)
New lanes are now open on the first Montgomery County portion of Hwy. 249. (April Halpin/Community Impact Newspaper)

New lanes are now open on the first Montgomery County portion of Hwy. 249. (April Halpin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Previously slated to open in February, the first Montgomery County lanes of the tolled extension of Hwy. 249 opened March 26, according to information from the office of Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley.

The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority segment stretches from Spring Creek to just south of Woodtrace Boulevard and features two main lanes in each direction with a toll gantry and tolled entries and exits. This segment spans 3.6 miles and is part of a larger, multi-agency project. The Harris County Toll Road Authority, the MCTRA and the Texas Department of Transportation have been working since 2017 to extend the tolled portion of Hwy. 249 from Tomball through Magnolia with a nontolled segment stretching to Navasota, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.


Timeline: early 2018-March 2020

Cost: $63 million

Funding source: MCTRA
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

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 for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these 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.