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Hwy. 249main lanes to open inMagnolia by summer Local ocials anticipate increased economic development, population

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Construction is set to be complete in February on the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority’s portion of the Hwy. 249 extension, which stretches from Spring Creek to just south of FM 149 in Pinehurst. (Courtesy oce of Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley)

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Tomball to FM 1774 in Todd Mission with a nontolled segment to Hwy. 105 in Navasota, Community Impact News- paper previously reported. About three years after construction began on the Hwy. 249 extension in Harris County, the MCTRA’s portion of the roadway—stretching from Spring Creek to just south of FM 149 in Pine- hurst—will open to drivers in Febru- ary, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said. “My daddy told me years ago that [the Hwy. 249 extension] would hap- pen one of these days, but I wouldn’t

live long enough to see it,” Riley said. “Well, it’s here, and I’m excited that I get to be the commissioner to see it through after all these years.” TxDOT’s Segment 1A, spanning from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to FM 1488 in Magnolia, will also open to the public in summer 2020, TxDOT Public Infor- mation Coordinator Rachel Evans said. As the Hwy. 249 extension comes to fruition, economic and residential growth is expected to follow in the southwest portion of Montgomery County this year, said Tana Ross, the

Greater Magnolia-area residents will gain easier access to the region and see a spike in economic development this year as they see the rst Montgomery County main lanes of the long-awaited Hwy. 249 extension project open as early as February, local transportation ocials said. The Harris and Montgomery county toll road authorities have been work- ing with the Texas Department of Transportation since 2017 to extend the Tomball Tollway—the tolled por- tion of Hwy. 249—from FM 2920 in

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