Study Looks At Traffic Problems Caused By Southern Montgomery County's Growing Population

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is holding a public meeting this week to look at growing traffic congestion in southern Montgomery County.

The southern part of Montgomery County is seeing explosive residential growth on the east side of I-45. And there will be another surge of traffic when the new Exxon-Mobil facility near The Woodlands opens. It expects to employ about 10,000 people.

H-GAC transportation planner Carlene Mullins says the existing infrastructure is already feeling the strain.

"We're looking to see what we can do to improve mobility in the area, whether it's expanding the intersections, increasing roadway capacity. We're looking at different alternatives of how we can do that with minimal impact."

And Mullins say they know residents are frustrated but there are no quick fixes.

"You can't reconstruct a road instantaneously. It takes years. Just the design itself can take three to five years if it has to go through environmental impact statements. And then you have the bidding process and the construction process."

The public meeting is from 6:00 to 8:00 Thursday evening at the Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Spring.

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...