Shenandoah, October 4 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal openly lied to a meeting of the Montgomery County Houston Area of Realtors meeting at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Shenandoah this morning, October 4, 2017. Doyal told the gathering, “There’s definitely no state funding available to build the Tx-249 Extension. That’s why we need it to be a tollroad.” Doyal defiantly added, “If people don’t like the fact that it’s a tollroad, they don’t have to drive on it.”
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has confirmed to State Representative Mark Keough, who is running for Montgomery County Judge and opposes the Tollway, and to Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack as well, that TxDOT will build the 3.6 mile road, which connects the Harris County tollroad and the 15 mile Montgomery County portion of the road, even if Montgomery County doesn’t build the tollroad, because there is state funding available for the Tx-249 Extension project. But Doyal, Riley, and Meador insist that want to build the 3.6 mile section of the road anyway and risk the credit and future of Montgomery County citizens, so they can control which vendors get to build the road now (i.e., their political contributors) and so they can reap the tolls from the 3.6 mile road forever as taxes to support other ambitions Doyal, Riley, and Meador have to spur the growth of the Montgomery County government.
Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal lied to the Texas Transportation Commission at a hearing in Austin on June 29, 2017 and told them, in response to questioning from Transportation Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., that he stood before the Commission on behalf of the “unified voice” of the local community of Montgomery County behind tolling the Tx-249 extension, known as the Tx-249 Taxway, the $73 million 3.6 mile Tx-249 extension, or the Decimation of Hope Highway.
Incredibly, the result of Doyal’s pleas to the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) is that Montgomery County will be the only county north of Harris County along the so-called “Aggie Parkway” from Houston to College Station which will have tollroads along it. As citizens pay those tolls, they should remember that Craig Doyal is the person responsible for the tolls in direct contravention of the Republican Party of Texas Platform and in contravention of the campaign promise of Governor Greg Abbott who assured voters in 2014 that he would stop the growth of toll roads. The remainder of the Aggie Parkway will be a free road.
Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador are shoving a $73 million, 3.6 mile tollroad that is an extension of Tx-249 from Spring Creek to the intersection of F.M. 1774 and Spur 149 in Pinehurst down the citizens’ throats.
No one wants the road except a small group of people – Doyal, Riley, Meador, the owners of the Renaissance Festival, San Antonio real estate developer Rick Sheldon, Bobby Jack Adams (Doyal’s best friend and business partner) and his engineering firm Halff Associates, Rob Maxwell and his engineering firm Jones & Carter, the Tomball Chamber of Commerce, and a few other outside-of-county vendors.
The 3.6 mile portion of the road will connect a short toll road in Harris County to the south and about 15 miles of tollroad in Montgomery County to the north. Tx-DOT is building the 15 miles of tollroad for approximately $573 million. After Doyal lied to the TTC, TTC approved the road as a tollroad. Doyal, Riley, developer Sheldon, and their engineer and vendor buddies partied in Austin that night. They believed they shoved this crazed project down the throats of the citizens, despite overwhelming opposition.
That’s why it’s called the Decimation of Hope Highway. It destroys all hope that government will get smaller. The road destroys all hope that free markets will rule us rather than a tiny group of crazed, Soviet-style, central planner who think they should play chess with the board that is the geography of Montgomery County.
Three local heroes – Keough, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark – have consistently opposed construction or spending any money on the Decimation of Hope Highway.