Commissioner James Noack Provides Road Project Updates for The Woodlands and Montgomery County

By: Commissioner James Noack
| Published 01/15/2021

Grogan’s Mill Road-South Millbend Drive Intersection Project Completed

THE WOODLANDS, TX - Commissioner James Noack provided the following updates for road projects in The Woodlands and Montgomery County.

Grogan’s Mill Road-South Millbend Drive Intersection Project Completed

Project update: Construction contractor Teamwork completed its portion of the job in mid-December, with all turn lanes, medians, drainage inlets, and striping. Montgomery County Traffic Operations and its contractor completed signal installation – for vehicle traffic and pedestrians – in early January, with new signals operating and the temporary poles and signals removed.

Project Scope: This project created additional turn-lane storage by constructing double left-turn lanes for traffic on:

1. Northbound Grogan’s Mill turning onto westbound South Millbend
2. Southbound Grogan’s Mill turning onto eastbound South Millbend
3. Eastbound South Millbend turning onto northbound Grogan’s Mill

In addition, right-turn-lane improvements were made throughout the intersection.
Signal locations were redesigned for this project, which included concrete median removal as well as additional pavement.

Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive Improvements east of Grand Parkway ongoing

Project Update: The Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive widening, intersection improvement and signalization project started at the end of October. D&W Contractors has completed most of the excavation along Rayford Road for construction of the two new eastbound lanes between Waterbend Cove and Birnham Woods Drive. D&W also has completed a half-dozen concrete pours for stretches of the new lanes on the west side of the project. Most of the drainage inlets along Rayford Road have been installed as well. The contractor will continue with excavation and concrete pavement along Rayford Road.

Scope of project: The project will widen Rayford Road to four lanes from approximately 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove to approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. A new concrete roadway will be constructed on the south side of the existing Rayford Road lanes to create the two new eastbound lanes. The existing road will be for the two westbound lanes along that stretch. Left-turn lanes also will be added for eastbound and westbound traffic at most of the intersections.

The construction includes an additional bridge for eastbound Rayford Road traffic just east of Spring Trails Park Drive.

The project also involves constructing a traffic signal at the Rayford Road-Birnham Woods intersection and widening Birnham Woods Drive to four lanes from approximately 600 feet north of Rayford Road to approximately 600 feet south of Rayford Road. All four Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive intersection approaches will have a dedicated left-turn lane.

Contract length: 360 calendar days

Kuykendahl Road widening underway

WadeCon LLC started the Kuykendahl Road widening project Jan. 11. The contractor started placing construction signage, mobilizing and excavating during the first week on the job.

Scope of project: The project will widen Kuykendahl Road from a two-lane half boulevard to a four-lane full boulevard from Lake Woodlands Drive to Research Forest Drive.

Project design includes construction of two 12-foot-wide northbound vehicle lanes from north of Lake Woodlands Drive to south of Bay Branch Drive with an 8-foot-wide outside shoulder along the new northbound lanes. There will be a new bridge constructed over Bear Branch for the northbound lanes that have the shoulder as well as a walkway, mirroring the existing bridge.

The two existing lanes will become the southbound lanes once construction is completed.

Contract: This is a 365-calendar day contract to complete the job.

Flintridge sewer line work update

The Woodlands Water Agency (WWA) replaced approximately 200 feet of sewer line that runs parallel to the eastbound lane of Flintridge Drive between the George Mitchell Preserve access and Rush Haven Drive.

A WWA contractor will return in March to complete the replacement of sections of the road and shoulder. Some temporary patchwork was completed in the meantime.

Striping improvements

Precinct 3 continues to restripe roads.

Recent restriping projects:
• Research Forest Drive (Grogan’s Mill Road to Kuykendahl Road) -- Nearing Completion

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