GRIMES COUNTY, Texas - TxDOT's environmental division recently approved the final portion of Highway 249, which will run from northwest Houston to just east of Navasota.
The project will ease congestion and enhance safety, but also provide new business opportunities for locals.
"This is great news for us because we're opening this new business and we want kind of a little trading post out here," said Navasota resident Niki Williams. She is renovating some property along 105 just east of town and plans to sell antiques.
Highway 249 will stretch from the northwest side of Houston and and bisect Grimes County before ending at Highway 105 about six miles east of Navasota.
The new toll road will take traffic away from the existing roads that are lined with driveways.
"You would have smoother flow and you would not have that different speed pulling onto and off of the roadway which is a big contributor to our crashes," said Chad Bohne with TxDOT.
The toll road will make it easier to get to and from Houston by providing an alternative to Highway 6 and Highway 290.
It will also come in handy on Aggie game days.
"Oh yes, an excellent idea on game day," said Williams. "We're going to be open going to be fully open every weekend. We're going to have music."
Williams says her project is a joint venture with the property owner and there will also be a cafe, another store and even office space on the site. She plans to open her store within the next few weeks.
249 could cost around $500 million with groundbreaking to happen in 2017. Completion of the project could be as early as 2021 and both EZ Tag and TxTag will work on the toll.
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