Here are 5 things to know this week if you live in The Woodlands area.

-Friday is the last day to vote early for the Nov. 8 presidential and local township elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day this week. The Woodlands led Montgomery County in early voting turnout last week. Nearly 35,000 residents voted in The Woodlands, which was roughly one-third of the 92,038 ballots cast last week in Montgomery County. In neighboring Harris County, more than 600,000 people cast their ballot during the first week of early voting.

-On Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation announced the northbound I-45 HOV lane expansion from FM 1960 to Loop 336 would open Monday, Oct. 31. The southbound lane opened earlier in October. The official opening could not be confirmed as of press time.

-Celebrate and learn more about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, this week at Lone Star College-Montgomery. The college’s art gallery features an exhibit on the holiday with work from seven artists, including an altar. A history and explanation regarding Dia de los Muertos is also included. Visit for more details.

-Work has been continuing to reopen parks and trails that were hit hard by the historic floods this spring. The Spring Creek Greenway, a 40-mile trail system just south of The Woodlands, was one of the hardest hit areas. The last portion of work needed to reopen trails at the eastern end of the system in Mercer Botanic Gardens will be complete by spring or summer of 2017.

-After a year of development and gathering resident feedback, The Woodlands Township board approved a communitywide bike and pedestrian master plan last week. The plan evaluated gaps and needs in the community’s existing pathway and bicycling network and identified various project recommendations to be carried out over the short- and long-term.