The Woodlands, June 22 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner are insisting that Montgomery County’s government build a 3.6 mile stretch of tollroad at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County that will connect to a portion in Harris County and also connect to the north to 11.4 miles of road that the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx-DOT) will construct. The road will dead-end at State Highway 105, a substantial distance from any other major thoroughfare. Doyal, Riley, and Meador claim that they want to control construction of the road, on which they’ve already spent $13.1 million of County taxpayer funds. They claim that the County could then toll the road after spending the full $73 million price (over $20 million per mile of road construction!) and somehow make “profits” in the distance future. Tx-DOT has made clear that they’ve already collected state and federal gas tax dollars to build the entire road, so that Montgomery County would not need to invest in it. At the June 7, 2017, Commissioner Court meeting, County Judge Doyal made clear that, if Tx-DOT would build the road without tolling it, he would consider relinquishing the project. Citizen outrage over County spending has seriously imperiled Doyal’s and Riley’s political futures.
Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack sent formal letters on Tuesday, June 7, to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Transportation Commission Board requesting they prohibit the tolling of State Highway 249 from F.M. 1774 to the Montgomery County line, the 3.6 miles at issue.
“I’ve asked the Governor to do everything in his power to keep FM 249, in Montgomery County, from being tolled,” Noack said. “Governor Abbott has stated he will fix Texas roadways without debt or taxes, I’ve asked him to make good on his pledge.”
Noack is now calling on the public to assist him in his fight against tolling the Montgomery County portion of Texas 249. “I am urging the taxpayers to ensure their voices are heard,” Noack said. “As residents of Montgomery County we must lead, not follow. The taxpayers must insist that TxDOT build, fund and maintain Texas 249, without a toll.”
The Republican Party of Texas Platform states in Plank 212 under Toll Road Funding that, “…we call upon both state and federal lawmakers to adequately fund our highways without hidden taxes, tolls, or raiding emergency funds.”
Noack is asking for the public’s support to insist the Texas Transportation Commission Board stand with him and prohibit Texas 249 from being tolled and to stand behind Governor Abbott’s opposition of toll roads across Texas.
“The Texas Transportation Commission is appointed by the Governor,” said Commissioner Noack. “I would hope they would honor his commitment to the people of Texas.”
Individuals can contact members of the Texas Transportation Commission by calling their office at (512) 305-9509 or by emailing them individually:
Tryon D. Lewis, Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Austin III, Commissioner: email@example.com
Bruce Bugg Jr., Commissioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Ryan, Commissioner: email@example.com
Victor Vandergriff, Commissioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Golden Hammer joins in requesting that the public contact these officials and prevent the tolling of the Tx-249 Tollway (Taxway), so that Doyal and Riley will back off of this ridiculous waste of County financial resources.