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Controversy Brews Over Montgomery County Road Bond

Critics come out against proposed Woodlands Parkway extension.

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A $350 million bond goes on the ballot May 9, and officials say it won’t require a tax increase.

About a half-million people currently live in Montgomery County and by some estimates, the population could nearly double over the next few decades.

Nelda Luce Blair with the Montgomery County 2015 Road Bond Committee says a lot of the money would be used to widen existing roads.

“Some of which have been widened before need widening again. Some of which have never been widened. Some resurfacing, some realignment, to make traffic a little easier,” Blair says.

But the most controversial project on the list is a proposed six-mile extension of Woodlands Parkway, from FM 2978 to State Highway 249.

Critics fear the extension would bring more traffic into The Woodlands, but Blair doesn’t anticipate heavy commercial development.

“The Woodlands is still highly regulated and highly master planned and highly restricted. And there is no commercial along Woodlands Parkway, or maybe 10% out of 100%. And so that’s not likely to happen,” Blair responds.

A $200 million bond was defeated in Montgomery County in 2011.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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