The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
The Woodlands and Conroe, May 4 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley has claimed that the so-called “Woodlands Parkway Extension,” or “WPX,” which voters soundly defeated in the May, 2015, road bond election, will no longer remain on the Major Thoroughfare Plan for the Houston Galveston Area Council, the regional road planning commission which distributes federal highway funds to the Houston-Galveston Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack has joined Riley in those claims. Noack was the Commissioner who sought a revision of the Major Thoroughfare Plan when he convinced the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to hire Brown and Gay Engineers to conduct that revision.
Sadly, both Riley and Noack, as well as the entire Commissioners Court, have kept the unpopular road extension on the Major Thoroughfare Plan map, as shown above.
While Riley has claimed that he no longer is building the WPX, the exact same road is under construction from its western terminus at TX-249 Tollroad, also known as “The Decimation of Hope Highway,” to F.M. 2978 approximately one-quarter of a mile south of Woodlands Parkway at Mansions Way Boulevard. Please see “Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Riley to bring Woodlands Parkway Extension through sneaky traffic jamming of F.M. 2978 of the proposed Mansions Way Triangle,” The Golden Hammer, July 8, 2019, https://thegoldenhammer.net/precinct-2-montgomery-county-commissioner-riley-to-bring-woodlands-parkway-extension-through-sneaky-traffic-jamming-of-f-m-2978-of-the-proposed-mansions-way-triangle/
Construction is underway, as the County government spends substantial funds to construct the so-called “Woodtrace Boulevard Extension” which has already created enormous traffic jams along F.M. 2978 just south of Woodlands Parkway. Riley secretly told the Board of Directors of the Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District that he plans to move the Woodtrace Boulevard Extension northward to meet with Woodlands Parkway once traffic becomes so abominable that drivers will need some relief from the congestion Riley creates.
Riley and his political cronies want the WPX in order to feed traffic to the TX-249 tollway.
Unless Noack and Riley remove the WPX, regardless of its name as Woodtrace Boulevard or not, Woodlands residents will soon find that the exact road against which County taxpayers voted will be in place. To date, the WPX remains on the Major Thoroughfare Plan.