About 33,000 vehicles a day have been using the old two-lane Kuykendahl Bridge that links Harris and Montgomery Counties at Spring Creek. Matt Beasley with Montgomery County Precinct 3 says it gets so bad during the afternoon rush that traffic comes to a standstill.
"It's been an increase in traffic in that area due to the developments in both Montgomery and Harris County and the growth," explains Beasley.
Those commuters will have some added capacity with the opening of the new Kuykendahl Bridge. It's a $6 million project funded by Harris and Montgomery Counties and The Woodlands Road Utility District #1. Beasley says the number of lanes at Spring Creek will increase from two to four.
"It's actually going to provide the traffic that's going south from Montgomery County into Harris County a new bridge which is two lanes in one direction," adds Beasley. "And the old bridge will serve as northbound."
The Kuykendahl bridge is expected to be fully open by late next week. Beasley says they also want to build a new bridge on nearby Gosling Road, which also carries a lot of traffic from the Grand Parkway. Harris and Montgomery Counties are now working on funding.