Transportation

Some Montgomery County Residents Say Road Widening Would Hurt Their Quality Of Life

Officials in Oak Ridge North says they don’t have the money to go forward.

Robinson Road links up with Woodlands Parkway and I-45 and it carries about 16,000 vehicles a day. But residents like Cheris Beal say it only gets congested during rush hour, and widening the road would destroy their quality of life.

“You know, we have kids on bicycles, we have children playing in the streets,” says Beal. “We’re right across from the Woodlands Mall. It’s what you think of when you think of a small hometown.”

Beal has helped circulate a petition to try to stop the project, but Oak Ridge North City Manager Vicky Rudy says as of right now, there is no project.

Robinson Road was part of the Montgomery County bond issue that was defeated last May, but it’s not included on the new bond proposal on November’s ballot. Rudy says the plan now is to hire an engineering firm to come up with some new proposals.
“And we would take those and present those back to our community to find out just what the community together would think would be acceptable options for Robinson Road,” says Rudy.

The area near Robinson Road has been rezoned for a town center commercial development, but Rudy says plans are also on hold for that project.

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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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