Transportation

TxDOT To Move Ahead With 249 Toll Road Despite Local Opposition

The Texas Transportation Commission is moving ahead with plans to extend the 249 Toll Road into rural Grimes County northwest of Houston. But residents told state officials the proposed “Aggie Highway” will ruin their quality of life.

Now that the 249 Tomball Tollway is open, local officials are working on plans to extend the road into Montgomery County.

From there, TxDOT wants to take the project into Grimes County in hopes of eventually extending the road to College Station.

Grimes County Commissioners earlier opposed the toll road but changed their stance after TxDOT offered $4 million for new frontage roads and intersection improvements. Grimes County Judge Ben Leman expressed his support for the project before the Texas Transportation Commission.

“We do feel it addresses the main two needs of economic development and higher income opportunities for our citizens,” Leman says.

But Grimes County resident Judith Bennett says she thinks rural communities are being targeted by developers.

“Maybe just because they think we’re just a bunch of old cowboys and old good old boys down there and we’ll just kind of roll over and die. Well the people of Grimes County are not just going to roll over and die,” Bennett says.

Transportation commissioners voted Thursday to move ahead with the project, but they say they’ll keep listening to Grimes County residents before selecting the final route.

 

Plans to extend State Highway 249 toll road in Grimes County 

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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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