Grimes Co. leaders pleased with changes coming to Hwy. 249 extension

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PLANTERSVILLE, Tex. (KBTX) - Grimes County leaders are pleased with some new design changes coming to a new highway that will connect to Houston.

Dirt work for the Highway 249 project is already happening just south of Plantersville by FM 1774.

The "Aggie Highway," as it's been nicknamed, will connect from east of Navasota into northwest Houston. It will become a toll road once outside of Grimes County.

The Grimes County judge says he is pleased that the Texas Department of Transportation has put back in plans for three overpasses and passing lanes.

"There's no doubt it's going to be helpful," said Judge Joe Fauth. He says that the passing lanes add a safety measure, too.

"Occasionally you're going to get behind somebody that's going 55 or 60, and somebody is anxious," Fauth said. "So without the passing lanes, you could easily have head-on [collisions] at 70 miles-an-hour."

The segment in Grimes County is expected to be finished in 2022.