Transportation

Montgomery County Approves Bonds For Toll Road Project But Not Without Controversy

One commissioner wants to put the issue before voters in a referendum.

Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack says he wants to launch a petition drive to get the 249 toll road issue on the ballot before Montgomery County voters.

Also known as the Aggie Highway, the State Highway 249 toll road will run from Harris County to College Station.

Montgomery County has agreed to build a four-mile section of the road that would continue Harris County’s portion, running from the county line to Pinehurst. TxDOT is building the road further north.

Commissioners have now voted to issue $56 million in revenue bonds to fund its part of the toll road. And that’s good news to Magnolia resident Chrissi Grimm, who told commissioners she’s tired of sitting in traffic.

“I need time with my family,” said Grimm. “I need time with people in my community. Why is it that the other side of the county has the Hardy Toll Road and 99 to make accessible mobility for them?”

But Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack has come out strongly against the tolls. He said Montgomery County should ask TxDOT to build that segment without a toll.

“I’m suggesting that we go to them with another offer,” added Noack. “If not I will lead a petition against this road and TxDOT will take it over anyway.”

Noack is calling for a referendum on the toll road project. That will require thousands of names on a petition to get it on the ballot.

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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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