Conroe - Montgomery Edition - February 2020

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On Dec. 10, Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved an update for its 2016 thoroughfare plan that began Feb. 6. Here are the areas of interest for the project. SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER ROADMAP

Access to major roadways

Evaluation of connectivity

Complete existing roadway network

Regional analysis of existing roadways

Eects of future economic development

Montgomery County began updating its 2016 thorough- fare plan on Feb. 6—a $125,000 update expected to be completed by the end of the year that will provide a com- prehensive list of transportation needs for each precinct, including precincts 1, 2 and 4, which make up the Conroe and Montgomery area. The plan, which will be conducted by The Wood- lands-based rm Brown & Gay Engineers, identies the county’s transportation needs, but it does not specify how these projects will be funded, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said. “While not every road on the thoroughfare plan will come to fruition, an updated plan will act as a guide to the court when we are addressing future infrastructure proj- ects,” Keough said. Possible funding opportunities could include a new countywide mobility bond, ocials said. As ocials are still working to identify specic proj- ects in the updated thoroughfare plan, a report released in August by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute of the 1,854 most congested roads in Texas identied CONTINUED ON 23 BY ANDY LI Montgomery County to update transportation, mobility needs

Ed Ponikvar, vice president of Sam Houston Trails Coalition, walks along the West Side Multi Use Trails. The coalition needs more funds for Hurricane Harvey- related damages as well as trail maintenance. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Sam Houston National Forest— which spans about 163,000 acres and 280miles of trails across several coun- ties, including Montgomery—is one of four national forests in Texas. It also draws visitors to the Conroe area, said Shannon Overby, director of the Con- roe Convention and Visitors Bureau. SamHouston National Forest in need of funding BY EVA VIGH CONTINUED ON 20

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