NAVASOTA, Texas – Construction was completed earlier this year on part of Texas State Highway 249, colloquially known as the “Aggie Highway.” The highway will connect the Pinehurst area to Navasota, meeting Texas State 105 in Grimes County.
“Just getting out of Houston can be so difficult,” said Kathleen Barton, a Houston resident visiting downtown Navasota on Friday. “There’s so much traffic in Houston, and if there was just a way to get to these places faster, but with one forehand – yeah, that would be good.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation [TxDOT], the route will pass through the towns of Magnolia, Todd Mission, Plantersville and Navasota. A 15-mile portion will be operated as a controlled-access toll road, while the 11-mile segment closest to Navasota will be a rural toll-free road.
“I think it’s good,” said Jordyn Milenkovic, a College Station resident who travels regularly to Grimes County. “I think it will reduce the travel time for us to and from Houston, Cypress and The Woodlands. Sometimes the Texas 105 is backed up. Sometimes there is an accident on US 290 or Hwy 6 and so on. ‘s moved back for miles – there is literally no shortcut. “
Milenkovic noted that the project is not without drawbacks.
“I have a friend who has a family farm in Anderson, and she mentioned that it was going to cross directly through her family’s land,” Milenkovic said. “I think it would be kind of a struggle there.”
The portion of Texas 249 connecting Magnolia and Plantersville was completed in March of this year, according to TxDOT. The region of the road that stretches into Grimes County is expected to end in 2023.
“Having lived in College Station for years, I hate going to Houston or those arteries where there is so much traffic in and out,” commented Nina McCane, another College Station resident visiting Navasota on Friday. “So for me, [Texas 249] is a more peaceful and pleasant ride. This saves us time and gives us another option.
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