Conroe, March 2 – During the Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley spent another $6,100 of the citizens tax dollars on their $73 million, 3.6 mile TX 249 Tollroad boondoggle at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway. Doyal, Riley, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador have shown a willingness to spend tax dollars on this massive project without any voter approval, actions which reveal such corruption and cronyism that they prompted the State Republican Executive Committee to place Proposition 2 on the Republican Primary Election ballot statewide.
Proposition 2 asks voters whether the government should construct or spend money to finance construction of tollroads without voter approval.
During the Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark and Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack both voted “No” on the additional spending of tax dollars on the terrible Tollway project. Riley and Doyal seem to be the only two people in Texas who support more tollroads, because the TX 249 engineers and contractors have contributed massive funds to their criminal legal defense funds and political campaigns.
While some citizens in the Magnolia area want TX 249 expanded, this newspaper has found almost no one who would prefer a tollroad over a free road. In actuality, the Texas Department of Transportation already has money set aside to build the TX 249 Extension as a free road. That money, of course, came from state and federal gas and fuel taxes which the citizens of Montgomery County have already paid.
Doyal and Riley fiercely lobbied TxDOT to build the 15.3 mile stretch of the TX 249 Extension from Pinehurst to Todd Mission as a tollroad in order to rationalize building the 3.6 mile stretch from Spring Creek to Pinehurst as a tollroad as well. Victor Vandergriff, a Commissioner on the Texas Department of Transportation which oversees TxDOT, said in the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on December 19, 2017, that TxDOT would build the 3.6 mile stretch of road as a free road, if Montgomery County’s freespending government chose not to do so.
The public interest research group, U.S. PIRG, has cited the TX 249 Tollway project as one of the twelve worst “highway boondoggles” in the United States. At a cost of more than $6,000 per foot of road, Doyal’s and Riley’s pet project may very well be the most expensive highway project ever constructed in American history.