Conroe, April 23 – During candidate forums for the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark, Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker, and likely next Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough urged the Montgomery County government to remove the tolls from the SH 242 flyovers. The County paid off all of the bond debt on those flyovers on January 18, 2018, from pass-thru toll funds paid to the County from the State of Texas.
Since there is no debt, there seems to be no reason to charge tolls on the flyovers. By removing the tolls from the flyovers, they would finally actually relieve significant congestion on the Interstate 45 northbound frontage road and on SH 242 westbound.
During and after the electoral campaign, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley and lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal have had two excuses for keeping the tolls on the SH 242 flyovers. First, Riley and Doyal claimed they need the tolls to maintain the flyovers. Second, Riley and Doyal claim there is a contractual “commitment” to build a third flyover. There is no contractual commitment at all, because, once the tolls go away, so does any commitment by this County to pay for a third flyover, under the written agreement between Montgomery County and the Texas Department of Transportation.
The maintenance excuse is particularly troubling at this juncture, however, because Riley and Doyal have abjectly failed to maintain the SH 242 flyovers. The SH 242 flyovers are filthy and appear to be falling apart.
There is a large piece of rubbish on one of the SH 242 flyovers that seems to be in a state of decay and was there all of the April 21-22 weekend. The piece of rubbish seems close to the size of a human body. There is other filth along the flyovers on both sides. Additionally, tar is coming up from the road. It is readily apparent that Riley and Doyal have done nothing to clean their tolled flyovers.
With the beautiful weather southeast Texas has experienced, Doyal and Riley have no excuse whatsoever for not going out to those two roadways to get them cleaned. Neither Doyal nor Riley work even part-time hours in their jobs as County Judge and County Commissioner, respectively, according to individuals who work with them, who have requested anonymity. If Doyal and Riley spent a few hours each day of this week cleaning their flyover filth, those roads would be safer and more attractive.