WHITEHALL, Texas Plans for a new highway dubbed the "Aggie Highway" are in the works.
It could make for a faster trip between Houston and Bryan-College Station, but a group has formed in opposition to the plan.
Now a Grimes County group wants to stop the proposed Highway 249 Toll Road through their land.
Freeman Vickers is enjoying the quiet life on his 54 acres off F-M 362 in Grimes County.
The Whitehall Community Fire Department Chief escaped here to retire from the traffic and concrete of Cypress-Fairbanks.
"Our biggest fear is that the quality of life in the Whitehall community will be severely negatively impacted," said Vickers.
TxDOT is still in the study phase for a new four lane highway connecting Navasota to Tomball nicknamed the Aggie Highway.
Vickers is one of the founders of the Stop Grimes 249 group.
So far they have about 12 members.
"We don't see that there is a traffic need for instituting a toll road in this area at this time," he said.
Dianna Westmoreland disagrees.
"Do you think you would use it to go to Tomball or Houston?," asked News 3's Clay Falls.
"Absolutely I have children that live in Houston," said Westmoreland.
She doesn't want the road in her yard either but thinks the project is inevitable with continuing growth in College Station and Houston.
She also wants people to stay informed with the facts.
"You know it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a fast way to get from Houston to College Station and further north," she added.
The proposed plan has Highway 249 Toll Road connecting in here at Highway 105 and 6, but TxDOT tells us nothing is a done deal yet.
Pamela Beard is Executive Director of the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce. While she doesn't have an official stance she says the highway would be an economic boom.
"I think that is a likely conclusion that that will be something that will happen in this county that there will be a connection from Brazos County to Houston area," said Beard.
Meanwhile a funding source has not been secured so the freeway could be funded by tolls or adding on to existing infrastructure.
Stop Grimes 249 will have an open meeting on August 8th.
Grimes County Commissioners have passed a resolution in support of the project.
TxDOT says construction on the highway is still two to five years away.
We have links to groups on both sides of the issue attached in the related links section.
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