Montgomery County Voters Divided Over Proposed Woodlands Parkway Extension

Montgomery County voters go to the polls Saturday to decide on a bond issue for road improvements. There’s one proposed project that has some county residents at odds.


The $350 million bond issue would fund close to 80 projects designed to accommodate a growing population. Those projects include things like street reconstruction and new turning lanes.

But the project that’s generating the most controversy is the proposed extension of Woodlands Parkway. The county wants to extend it six miles west to State Highway 249.

Woodlands Township Director Gordy Bunch is one of the project’s most vocal critics. He says the extension would funnel thousands of vehicles directly into The Woodlands.

“If you’re multiple decades behind in infrastructure, you need to take care of the people who already live here and who are already paying the taxes before you start building out to further develop and further compound our issues.”

But Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal says they need to be ready for what’s ahead.

“Traffic is going to continue to increase all across Montgomery County. And I have no reason to believe that the growth patterns that are projected won’t continue.”

Montgomery County voters defeated a $200 million roads bond in 2011.


Interactive Map of 2015 Montgomery County Road Bond Projects


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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