Harris County Pct. 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle recently announced that officials plan to start work on the SH 249 expansion project this September.
"It's a very exciting thing to say that we will be breaking ground in September," Cagle said.
The expansion will cover the roadway north to FM 2920 during this first phase. The project will be paid for through tolls collected once the roadway opens.
Cagle said from the time the project was given official clearance last June; county engineers have worked diligently to get the project started.
"This is a remarkable feat by Harris County engineers and the team they put together," he said. "To do it in such a short amount of time says a lot about the work they have put in."
The second phase will run from FM 2920 to Pinehurst.
Cagle said many other road projects are also underway in the Tomball area, due to the anticipated growth of the area.
"We are really investing in the area because of the growth," he said. "We had to redistrict the county precincts a few years ago and Precinct 4 lost more than 200,000 residents to other precincts. In just two years we have gained those 200,000 residents back, plus some. The area growth is just off the charts."
Some of those other projects include widening Hufsmith Kohrville Road south of FM 2920 to a four-lane concrete roadway, which will provide better access to the planned Tomball industrial park at the corner of Holderreith and Hufsmith Kohrville.
Cagle said that project will create another viable north and south corridor in the Tomball area. He said that projections in the anticipated number of travelers show more and more traffic using that route.
Precinct 4 also plans to realign Boudreaux Road and expand it into a four-lane roadway as well. This is in anticipation of the completion of the SH 249 toll road and the nearby Grand Parkway, which will also begin work soon.
Cagle expects both the Hufsmith Kohrville and Boudreaux Rod projects to go out for bid early this fall.
Cagle said that the Grand Parkway section near I-45 will start first, in order to tie into the Hardy Toll Road and provide access to the new Exxon Mobile headquarters once it relocates.
"We will always look towards the future in our planning, so that it will be easier to keep up with the growth," he said. "It's a very exciting time to be a resident of Precinct 4."