The westbound outside lane of Woodlands Parkway has been completed and is now open.
The eastbound lanes of Woodlands Parkway have been completed and are usable before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. However, the two outside eastbound lanes will have daily closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to allow heavy equipment access to the drainage easement for cleaning and grading of ditches as well as preparing to place grass. The outside eastbound lane will be completely finished on an estimated date of April 29, 2015.
The westbound side currently has only two lanes permanently open with a temporary closure of the outside westbound lane. This is to allow for the installation of grass on the easement, traffic lines to be painted, and cleaning up of the area. Currently the contractor is set on opening the lanes completely by March 13, 2015. Texas Sterling will keep the Township updated on any further changes to these dates.
This project, started in November, 2012, will increase Woodlands Parkway from four lanes to six lanes from East Panther Creek Drive to Grogan’s Mill Road. A third lane will be added to both the east and the westbound lanes eliminating bottlenecks. The $6.5 million project is funded by the Road Utility District #1 (RUD) and federal dollars, managed by TxDOT, coordinated by The Woodlands Development Company and will be maintained by Montgomery County.
A new contractor has been hired as of December 2014.
The Notice to Proceed has been issued to Texas Sterling to complete the Woodlands Parkway expansion project. The contractor has 14 days to mobilize. However, the contractor has already begun cleaning the area.
The contract period is 90 days, however the contractor estimates they will have the outside lane of the westbound side completed and open within 31 days.
The Texas Department of Transportation is preparing to begin setting up lane closures on eastbound and westbound Woodlands Parkway from Grogan’s Mill to East Panther Creek daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lane closures are scheduled to start Monday depending on rain possibility. Updates will follow accordingly.