Conroe, Texas – May 28, 2019: Montgomery County Commissioners unanimously voted to make paying tolls on the Texas 242 a thing of the past. Starting Monday, May 28th at midnight, drivers will no longer have to pay a toll along the Hwy. 242 flyover above I-45, according to Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough’s Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps.
“As soon as court adjourned, office reached out to HCTRA confirmed midnight’s tolling cessation,” Millsaps said.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley also confirmed that the Texas Department of Transportation agreed to take over maintenance of the flyovers once the tolls were lifted. However, Riley shared his concerns with lifting the tolls before an agreement was actually written and signed off on.
“We finally got a verbal agreement and now we have to make sure we get all this down in writing the way it needs to be. I’m in favor of removing the tolls,” Riley said.
Over the course of the next 60 days, County Attorney B.D. Griffin will be in charge of executing and drafting together an agreement that transfers the maintenance of the flyovers to TxDOT, Millsaps confirmed.
Griffin also reassured the court that the removal of the tolls would not endanger the $18 million payment from TxDOT that is due to the county this year via the pass-through toll program.
Many citizens spoke out in favor of removing the tolls, including Reagan Reed, Houston correspondent for nonprofit Empower Texas. The motion to remove the tolls has been met with much support from drivers in the area.
“There may be signs up, and the units will obviously still be there and have flashes,” said Assistant County Attorney John McKinney. However, drivers will no longer be charged as they make their way through.
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