Hwy. 249 Segment 1B to open and 2 other projects to follow in 2021

Here are three transportation projects to watch take shape in 2021 throughout Tomball and Magnolia. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are three transportation projects to watch take shape in 2021 throughout Tomball and Magnolia. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are three transportation projects to watch take shape in 2021 throughout Tomball and Magnolia. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Hwy. 249 Segment 1B to open

Section 1B of the Hwy. 249 extension is expected to open in spring 2021 from FM 1488 to FM 1774 in Todd Mission, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The larger $843.8 million project will stretch from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to Hwy. 105 in Navasota once Segment 2 is complete in late 2023. Section 1A opened in August from FM 1774 to FM 1488 in Magnolia.

Timeline: early 2018-spring 2021

Cost: $518.6 million (Section 1)

Funding source: TxDOT


FM 2978 widening to finish

TxDOT’s widening of FM 2978 is scheduled to wrap up in 2021. Phase 1, which stretches from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek near Hardin Store Road, was 60% complete as of Dec. 31. Phase 2, which stretches from south of Dry Creek to Hufsmith Conroe Road, was 97% complete.

Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-first quarter 2021 (Phase 2)

Cost: $21.47 million (Phase 1), $13.7 million (Phase 2)

Funding sources: TxDOT, federal

Direct connectors taking shape

The Harris County Toll Road Authority is continuing work on four southbound direct connectors linking the Hwy. 249 tollway and the Grand Parkway.

Timeline: March 17, 2020-June 2022

Cost: $92 million

Funding source: HCTRA
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.