The Texas Department of Transportation celebrated the grand opening of the next segment of Hwy. 249 with a virtual ribbon cutting via a video posted Aug. 10.

Posted Aug. 5

The next tolled segment of the Hwy. 249 expansion, stretching from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to FM 1488 in Magnolia, is scheduled to open to drivers Aug. 8, the Texas Department of Transportation announced in an Aug. 5 release.

The new tollway includes intermittent frontage roads and spans 6.4 miles, according to the release. Although the road will be tolled, tolls will not be collected on Segment 1A until later this fall.

Construction on Segment 1B is ongoing, with a scheduled opening date of spring 2021, according to the release. This portion of the Hwy. 249 extension will span from FM 1488 in Magnolia to FM 1774 in Todd Mission.

In total, TxDOT's Hwy. 249 extension project is estimated to cost $798.6 million and to extend the road from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to Hwy. 105 in Navasota, crossing both Montgomery and Grimes counties, according to the release. The total project spans 25.5 miles.

The Hwy. 249 project is expected to improve safety and mobility by linking suburban communities with major roadways and enhancing the area's access to regional destinations, according to the release.