THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS - Ask one of the close to 500,000 residents of Montgomery County, Texas, and most of them will tell you they need more roads to keep their traffic moving. To build and improve roadways, the county sells bonds to basically mortgage the payment on the new and improved thoroughfares.
On May 9, 2015, residents of the county are asked to vote on these upcoming bonds which will allocate 350 million dollars to cover 77 road projects all over Montgomery County. Many can agree most of these projects are much-needed, all except for one.
A small but very vocal group is protesting the entire bond over one project. The extension of Woodlands Parkway. Some see extending the parkway west to 249 as wasteful and unwarranted, and would cause even more traffic. Opponents of the bond claim Woodlands Parkway might turn into something resembling FM 1960, the chaotic and commercial roadway in north Harris County. They want to vote down the bond, and in doing so, will also shut-down the other 76 projects Montgomery County roads need done.
Both sides do have one thing in common, they want residents of Montgomery County to go vote on May 9, or vote early starting April 27. Hopefully, traffic won't keep folks from getting to the polls!