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Precinct 3 makes safety improvements at Research Forest-Grogan’s Mill intersection
Commissioner Noack recently reiterated that there are no plans to revisit a recently completed study regarding the Research Forest Drive-Grogan’s Mill Road and Lake Woodlands Drive-Grogan’s Mill Road intersections, and that there are no construction plans or funding to move forward with an overpass or underpass at either intersection at this time – or in the near future.

The final improvement analysis report of the intersections, as well as other smaller intersections in the study area, was recently completed. In full transparency and to ensure the updated report is available to all interested residents and governmental entities, all study documents, including the final analysis, are posted at

The recently completed study, conducted by engineering firm Strand Associates Inc., was started in 2019 and jointly funded by the offices of Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack.

The two commissioners, as well as The Woodlands Township Board Chairman Gordy Bunch and Shenandoah Mayor Ritch Wheeler agreed to the independent study, which included updated traffic projections, after The Woodlands Township board refused to support a proposed underpass at the Research Forest Drive-Grogan’s Mill Road intersection. The goal was to provide an independent study that would consider all options concerning mobility and safety upgrades that would meet the projected level of vehicle traffic at those two major intersections as well as surrounding minor intersections for decades to come.

Due to the COVID pandemic and associated shutdowns, including travel, all aspects of the study, communications and final report were not completed until 2021. In April, prior to Strand submitting the final report, the engineering firm presented its findings during a joint meeting with all interested parties present, including Noack, Riley, Bunch and Wheeler.

In years past, recommendations called for a Research Forest Drive-Grogan’s Mill Road overpass, which was opposed by the City of Shenandoah. In 2018, a study conducted by engineering firm BGE recommended the underpass. After the township board and some local residents expressed opposition to the underpass, Montgomery County opted not to submit the project to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for funding, which could have saved local taxpayers millions of dollars in construction costs.

Bleyl Engineering recently released another study addressing an at-grade proposal at the Research Forest-Grogan’s Mill intersection. That information also will be posted to the site with the Strand study.

So far, however, Precinct 3 is not confident that any of the proposals meet the desired goals of not only moving more vehicles through – but doing it in a safe manner – at an intersection that consistently logs some of the highest numbers of motor-vehicle accidents in The Woodlands-Shenandoah area, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

With no imminent plans to move forward with major construction at the Research Forest Drive-Grogan’s Mill Road intersection, Precinct 3 Commissioner Noack’s Office has worked with Strand Associates and the Montgomery County Traffic Operations Department to implement measures intended to improve safety at the intersection in the meantime.

Those recent improvements include:

  • Installing signal heads for each lane
  • Adding yellow reflective borders to signal heads
  • Installing flashing “Wrong Way” signs
  • Installing supplemental “Do Not Enter” signs
  • Installing “One Way” signage
  • Adding supplemental lane designation signage
  • Placing additional pavement markings for lane designation
  • Updating signal timing
  • Trimming back vegetation for better visibility
In keeping with representing the will of the majority of residents, Commissioner Noack reiterated that there are no plans to construct a grade separation of any kind at either of the two major intersections in question without residents’ approval. Furthermore, Commissioner Noack will not move forward with any major modifications that don’t improve both safety and mobility.
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Road Project Updates
Birnham Woods Drive widening project out for bid

Montgomery County will open bids Wednesday, Dec. 15, for the Birnham Woods Drive widening project from Waterbend Cove to Rayford Road.

Approval of the contractor is expected to occur during Commissioners Court in January, with the project starting in early 2022. The project construction contract will be for 420 calendar days.

Scope: The project will widen Birnham Woods Drive from a two-lane asphalt road to a four-lane asphalt road with roadside ditches between Waterbend Cove and Trophy Ridge. It also will widen Birnham Woods Drive from a two-lane concrete road to a four-lane concrete road with curb and gutter and underground drainage from Trophy Ridge to Rayford Road.

Once completed, there will be two lanes plus a left-turn lane in each direction on Birnham Woods Drive at the intersections with Waterbend Cove and Lexington Boulevard.
Gosling Road construction project scheduled to start in December

Project update: The Gosling Road widening and bridge construction project over Spring Creek started last week with initial mobilization and clearing underway.

The project is a joint effort, with Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack’s office funding $4 million and Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle’s office funding the remaining $4.2 million of the $8.2 million project.

The project falls within the boundaries of The Woodlands Township on both sides of the county line.

Scope of project: The project will widen Gosling Road to a full four-lane boulevard between Creekside Forest Drive in Harris County and Gatewood Reserve Lane on the north side of the project in Montgomery County. It will result in two 12-foot lanes in each direction. The road pavement will be 10-inch jointed reinforced concrete with 8-inch stabilized subgrade.

The widening includes the construction of a 1,817-footbridge crossing over Spring Creek for the two new southbound lanes. The existing bridge lanes will become the two northbound lanes. The sidewalk and existing 8-foot shoulder along the northbound side will remain. The new southbound bridge will have a safety shoulder for motorists to access in case of vehicle breakdown.

Northbound Gosling Road at the intersection with Creekside Forest Drive will be restriped to allow two through lanes of traffic and a left-turn lane. Some minor adjustments will be made to the emergency traffic signal at the intersection with The Woodlands Fire Station No. 8 to account for the new southbound lanes.

The additional detention will be constructed on the north side of the project and drain into Spring Creek.

The construction project is estimated to take 14-15 months to complete.

Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive widening and signalization project:

Contractor focused on completing Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection

Project Update: Contractor D&W has completed all road construction along Rayford Road between Waterbend Cove and Birnham Woods Drive and is now focused on additional lanes at the Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection, and plans three more concrete pours this week.

Traffic signals have been installed at three of the four intersections, with power turned on at the two locations where the lights are in flash. Upon completion of the pavement and medians at the Rayford-Birnham Woods Drive intersection, the traffic signals will be installed there as well.

That leaves only final striping, backfill, grading, hydroseed and cleanup after the completion of the Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection.

Motorists are reminded to use caution through the work zone and pay attention to signage.

When the Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive project is completed, traffic signals will replace all-way stops at these intersections:

  • Rayford Road and Birnham Woods Drive
  • Rayford Road and Harmony Woods/Allegro Bend Boulevard
  • Rayford Road and Spring Trails Park Drive
  • Rayford Road and Harmony Creek/Harmony Forest Boulevard

Pedestrian signal poles and crosswalks will be included as part of the intersection signalization.

Scope of project: The project widens Rayford Road to four lanes from approximately 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove to approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. A new concrete roadway has been constructed on the south side of the existing Rayford Road lanes to create the two new eastbound lanes. The existing road now makes up the two westbound lanes along that stretch. Left-turn lanes also have been added for eastbound and westbound traffic at most intersections.

The construction includes an additional bridge for eastbound Rayford Road traffic just east of Spring Trails Park Drive.

The project also involves constructing traffic signals at the Rayford Road intersections with Birnham Woods, Harmony Woods/Allegro Bend, Spring Trails Park Drive and Harmony Creek/Harmony Forest. Birnham Woods Drive also is being widened to four lanes from approximately 600 feet north of Rayford Road to approximately 600 feet south of Rayford Road. All four Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive intersection approaches also will have a dedicated left-turn lane.

Contract length: The Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive widening, intersection improvement and signalization project started at the end of October 2020 and is nearing completion.
Final bridge, shoulder and drainage work underway on Kuykendahl Road widening project

Project Update: Contractor WadeCon LLC is working on the bridge rails, roadside drainage, asphalt shoulder before completing the concrete crossovers, tie-ins at each end of the project and the pavement striping on the approximately 1.5-mile-long project.

Scope of project: The project will widen Kuykendahl Road from a two-lane half boulevard to a four-lane full boulevard from Lake Woodlands Drive to Research Forest Drive.

Project design includes construction of two 12-foot-wide northbound vehicle lanes from north of Lake Woodlands Drive to south of Bay Branch Drive with an 8-foot-wide outside shoulder along the new northbound lanes. There will be a new bridge constructed over Bear Branch for the northbound lanes that have the shoulder as well as a walkway, mirroring the existing bridge.

The two existing lanes will become the southbound lanes once construction is completed.

Contract: The project started in January 2021 and is still on schedule to be completed in early 2022.
Striping Projects (Ongoing/Upcoming)

  • Robinson Road (west of Imperial Oaks Boulevard/Willow Creek Park Intersection) – Completed

  • Old Ox Road – Completed

  • Spring Forest Drive – Completed

  • Wild Rose – Completed

  • Aldine-Westfield (From Rayford to north of Kaufman Elementary) – Completed
Asphalt Projects
Robinson Road (west of Imperial Oaks Boulevard/Willow Creek Park Intersection)
  • Completed
Precinct 3 crews hard at work!
Between November 16 and December 14, 2021, Precinct 3 crews opened and completed 752 work orders. These are your tax dollars hard at work.
County Closures
Christmas & New Year's Day
Precinct 3 facilities will close Thursday, Dec. 23 at 11:30 a.m. and will remain closed through Monday, Dec. 27, in observance of Christmas. They will also be closed Saturday, Jan. 1, through Monday, Jan. 3 in observance of New Year’s Day.
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Precinct 3 Projects
Now on the Precinct 3 website, you can see the breakdown of every road bond project, including the estimated cost, engineering firm and progress. We also added information for other major projects and road improvements, such as striping.
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James Noack
Commissioner Precinct 3
Montgomery County
1130 Pruitt Rd
Spring, Texas 77380