UPDATED: Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend counties to resume tolls Aug. 28

Hurricane Laura is expected to hit the Houston area early Aug. 27. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hurricane Laura is expected to hit the Houston area early Aug. 27. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Hurricane Laura is expected to hit the Houston area early Aug. 27. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)



Updated Aug. 27

The Harris County Toll Road Authority announced on its Facebook page Aug. 27 it will resume tolling HCTRA roadways at 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, following a suspension of tolls to support residents evacuating due to Hurricane Laura. Likewise, tolls on the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority's portion of Hwy. 249 in Pinehurst will also resume at 2 a.m. Aug. 28, Montgomery County Precinct 2 announced Aug. 27. Tolls on Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority roadways will also be waived through Friday night at 11:59 p.m., according to the authority's website.

Posted Aug. 26

Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties have waived tolls to aid residents evacuating from the coastal areas as the region prepares for Hurricane Laura.


Tolls are waived on Harris County Toll Road Authority thoroughfares until further notice; tolls began being waived Aug. 25 at 9:20 a.m. by order of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. The authority cautions on its website that tolls may still post to customer accounts during the waiver period, but toll credits will be posted after several business days.

HCTRA roadways include the Tomball Tollway—the tolled portion of Hwy. 249 in Harris County—the Sam Houston Tollway, Westpark Tollway and Hardy Toll Road.

The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority followed suit Aug. 25, waiving tolls on MCTRA's portion of Hwy. 249 from Spring Creek to Woodtrace Boulevard beginning Aug. 25, according to a release from the toll road authority. The tolls are waived until further notice to support evacuations leading up to Hurricane Laura. Additionally, tolls on the newly opened portion of Hwy. 249 from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to FM 1488 in Magnolia—where the toll road currently ends—will not be collected until later this fall, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Tolls are also being waived by the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 28, according to the authority's website.

On Aug. 26, the Texas Department of Transportation announced it had suspended tolls on the Grand Parkway until further notice.

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.



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