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SH 249 (Tomball Tollway), Phases I & II

Binkley & Barfield | DCCM

Located in the heart of one of America’s fast-growing counties, Binkley & Barfield | DCCM has emerged as a recognized leader in the Texas mega-toll road industry. For millions of drivers in Harris County, the words “toll road” are synonymous with “better mobility” in an otherwise world of choked roads, never-ending rush hours, and commutes that can range up to an hour or more each way.

Since 2012, Binkley & Barfield | DCCM has led the charge for the Harris County Toll Road Authority in the program management, design, and construction of over $330 million in roadway improvements in the high-growth SH 249 corridor in northwest Harris County. Phase I of the Tomball Tollway opened in April 2015 and made an immediate impact on drive times between Houston and Tomball and beyond. On its first day of operation, eager toll users doubled the projected 17,000 daily toll transactions, cutting in half the traffic on the existing frontage road. Funded entirely with toll road revenue paid by the drivers who choose to use the Harris County toll road system, the final construction will extend the toll road into Montgomery County and Grimes County to SH 105, streamlining trips to and from rapidly growing Grimes County and to College Station, the home of the Texas A&M Aggies.

In Phase I, Binkley & Barfield | DCCM continued project leadership and oversight to 17 consultants, completing the plans, specifications, and estimates for four new toll lanes in each direction along a 6-mile stretch of SH 249, adding five new bridges, retaining walls, and a drainage system that mitigates flooding. Drivers may now bypass seven stoplights while the frontage roads remain toll-free.

In Phase II, Binkley & Barfield | DCCM repeated its program management success, extending Phase I to the Montgomery County line and continuing the four-lane tollway in each direction, adding new three-lane frontage roads, both north and southbound, five major bridges, flood-mitigating stormwater detention, a collegiate practice field, and equestrian and bike trails. Construction for Phase II was completed in late 2019.

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