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7 transportation projects underway in Tomball and Magnolia
Updates on FM 1774, FM 1488, the Tomball Tollway and local intersections

Nearly two years after the opening of Phase I, construction will begin this month on the next phase to bring Hwy. 249 into Montgomery County.

Officials with the Harris County Toll Road Authority, Montgomery County and the Texas Department of Transportation spoke Friday during a luncheon hosted by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce at Lone Star College-Tomball. The project, which is broken up into four phases is a joint project between HCTRA, TxDOT and the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority.

Last April marked the one-year anniversary of the completion of Phase 1 of the Tomball Tollway, a 6-mile tolled portion of Hwy. 249 from Northpointe Boulevard to FM 2920. When complete, the roadway will run through Magnolia on up to Hwy. 105 near Navasota, earning the nickname, the Aggie Expressway, for its close proximity to College Station.

Plans for the Tomball Texas Railroading Heritage Museum are moving forward following approval of a master plan during the Jan. 16 Tomball City Council meeting.

A year after segments F-1, F-2 and G opened to traffic in early 2016, officials said the Grand Parkway has noticeably reduced through traffic in the Greater Tomball area.

Ongoing Projects

1. Designs for a traffic signal and left-turn lane at Holderrieth and Hufsmith-Kohrville roads are being finalized by the Tomball Economic Development Corporation before they are sent to the county. The project will be sent out for bid by Harris County in the second quarter of 2017, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Estimated timeline: Second quarter 2017-TBA

A business with a 144-year history, BJ Services is again emerging as a standalone company after Houston based Baker Hughes said Friday it finalized the sale of a majority stake in the hydraulic fracturing and cementing business.

The new company will operate as an independent joint venture — it won’t be publicly traded — and restore the BJ Services name as its own company. BJ Services was founded in 1872 as the Byron Jackson Company. The deal was first announced in late November and closed on Friday.

Houston-area EDC builds on rail and oil history
to drive new industrial growth.
Founded by a U.S. congressman known as the “Father of the Port of Houston,”
who brought railroad service to the Houston suburb, Tomball is accustomed
to major activity. In fact, the city was dubbed “Oiltown USA” in the
early 1930s after the forerunner to Exxon started a 100 million-barrel boom. A
strong focus on progress continues today.


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