Image: Texas Department of Transportation, Fiscal Year 2018 Current Letting Schedule by District, September 2017 through August 2018, page 224.
Conroe, December 14 – State Representative Mark Keough, running for Montgomery County Judge in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, against incumbent County Judge Craig Doyal, dropped a major bombshell during their first candidate forum of the electoral cycle: the 3.6 mile, Tx-249 Tollway, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, will actually cost approximately $20 million more than Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and their lawyers and engineers had assured the taxpayers!
Keough revealed his discovery of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2018 Current Letting Schedule by District, September 2017 through August 2018 during the County Judge candidate debate before the Liberty Belles Republican Women on December 14, 2017, at Panorama Village Club. On page 224 of that document (shown above), TxDOT revealed that the cost of construction alone for the Tx-249 Tollway portion that Doyal and Riley are shoving down Montgomery County citizens’ throats is $82,800,000.00. Interestingly, TxDOT finally came clean about the length of the stretch from Spring Creek to Pinehurst, for which Doyal, Riley, and Commissioner Mike Meador voted to assert County government primacy: it’s actually 4.5 miles, as anyone with a vehicle odometer could easily ascertain.
The $82,800,000.00 cost, however, is the cost of construction and does not include the more than $13 million that Doyal, Riley, and Meador have already spent of general revenue funds from the Montgomery County government without any voter referendum or approval.
The Decimation of Hope Highway, now also called the $95 million, 4.5-mile Tx-249 Tollway, will actually cost more per mile than Doyal and Riley had lied to Montgomery County citizens. Their previous statements were that the Tollway would cost $73 million for 3.6 miles of road, or $20.278 million per mile, already making it one of the most expensive road projects in the history of the United States. In actuality, however, the road will cost $95 million for 4.5 miles, or $21.111 million per mile.