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State Highway 249

 
(Above photo: SH-249 and Business 249 passing through the heart of Tomball, Oct. 2013.)
 
  State Highway 249, also known as West Mount Houston Rd., and the Tomball Parkway, is the modern successor to the old farm-to-market road known as FM 149.  FM 149 began in Grimes county in 1945 as a short link between the towns of Anderson and Richards.  By 1949, the highway had extended all the way south into Houston, terminating at I-45 (then known as US 75), and running north into the county seat of Montgomery. It was a divided, four lane highway that was the primary link between Houston and towns like Tomball, Pinehurst, and Magnolia.  In 1957, FM 149 was extended beyond Anderson to its present day terminus at FM 244, now known as FM 3090.
   In 1988, FM 149 was shortened, with it's new southern terminus at FM 1774 in Pinehurst, TX.  Everything south of there until the intersection with I-45 in Houston would become part of SH-249, also known as Tomball Parkway.  The actual main lanes of the freeway were built in segments, but funding stalled out in the 2000's, leaving much of Tomball Parkway incomplete until the early 20-teens.  There were still abandoned segments of the old FM -149 highway positioned between the active frontage roads until construction resumed, gaining momentum around 2013.  In Spring of 2015, the Tomball Parkway was completed and opened to traffic, relieving a great deal of the congestion experienced by Tomball and Magnolia commuters.  

AUGUST 2007

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 23 Pic 10.jpg : Looking south along SH-249 from Northpointe Dr.  Old FM 149 road surface can be seen between the frontage roads, and the main lanes have not been finished yet.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 23 Pic 18.jpg : Northbound frontage road, approaching Red River nightclub.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 23 Pic 15.jpg : Red River Country nightclub, formerly Fanny's during the 1990's.

AUGUST 2011

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 23 Pic 19.jpg : Making a U-turn on SH-249 at Northpointe Dr.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 23 Pic 21.jpg : Former site of Wiesner Dodge of Tomball.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 23 Pic 23.jpg : Silverado 19 Cinema on SH-249 in Tomball.

SEPTEMBER 2012

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 001.jpg : Northbound on 249 at the end of the main lanes, just before Northpointe Dr.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 002.jpg : Facing north along future main lanes of 249 after Northpointe Dr.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 003.jpg : Northbound on 249 near Silverado 19 Cinema
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 005.jpg : Northbound on 249 past Northpointe, no main lanes built yet.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 006.jpg : Facing south along 249 from the center of the U-turn at the old Boudreaux Rd., with some of the old FM 149 pavement visible in the middle.  Most of FM 149 in Tomball was torn apart to build new lanes for 249, but the project stalled out.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 007.jpg : Facing south along 249 with old FM 149 pavement in the center of the right of way.

FEBRUARY 2013

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 078.jpg : SH-249 at Northpointe Dr., facing north from the east shoulder.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 079.jpg : SH-249 at Northpointe Dr., facing west, no main lanes yet.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 080.jpg : SH-249 at Northpointe Dr., facing south at the intersection, no main lanes yet.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 082.jpg : SH-249 at Canyon Gate Pointe Dr./3 Lakes Blvd., facing south.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 083.jpg : SH-249 at Canyon Gate Pointe Dr./3 Lakes Blvd., facing west.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 084.jpg : SH-249 at Canyon Gate Pointe Dr./3 Lakes Blvd., facing northwest.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 085.jpg : SH-249 at Canyon Gate Point Dr./3 Lakes Blvd., facing north.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 086.jpg : SH-249 at future location of Boudreaux Rd.  The intersection is currently two dead ends in this photo, but within the year will open up as a new realignment of Boudreaux Rd.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 089.jpg : SH-249 at future Boudreaux Rd., facing west across 249.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 088.jpg : SH-249 at future Boudreaux Rd., facing south with Parkway Chevrolet visible on the left.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 090.jpg : SH-249 at future Boudreaux Rd., facing south at a lot of trees that will soon be cleared away.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 091.jpg : Graceview Baptist Church on the northeast corner will soon be at a major intersection.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 087.jpg : Graceview Baptist Church's roadside sign on the east shoulder of 249, facing north.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 092.jpg : A lot of brand new cars for sale at Parkway Chevrolet, at the future corner of Boudreaux.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 094.jpg : The original intersection of 249 and Boudreaux as of 2013, facing west from Boudreaux.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 096.jpg : The original intersection of 249 and Boudreaux as of 2013, facing northwest.

AUGUST 2013

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 066.jpg : Aerial photo of SH-249 and FM 1960, facing north along 249.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 131.jpg : Aerial photo of SH-249 in Tomball with main lanes incomplete.

OCTOBER 2013

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 026.jpg : 249 heading north through Tomball, with the older freeway corridor on the right, near FM 2920.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 061.jpg : Aerial photo of SH-249, the main lanes that curve around Tomball to the west.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 059.jpg : 249 heading north out towards Magnolia, where there are no main lanes, just frontage roads.

NOVEMBER 2013

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013 062.jpg : Aerial photo of SH-249, facing south from Perry Rd., at the bottom center of the photo.

JANUARY 2014

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 092.JPG : Aerial photo of SH-249 at the Compaq/HP campus near Louetta Rd.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 093.JPG : Aerial photo of SH-249 at Cypresswood Dr.

APRIL 2014

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 031.JPG : The corner of SH-249 and the new realignment of Boudreaux (compare with Feb. 2013 photos), facing west.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 032.JPG : Facing north along SH-249 frontage road at Boudreaux.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 033.JPG : Another view of the Grand Parkway overpass at SH-249, viewed from Graceview Baptist Church.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 034.JPG : Facing north along SH-249 from Graceview Baptist Church.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 036.JPG : Facing north along SH-249 frontage road towards Grand Parkway overpass being constructed.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 037.JPG : Construction on SH-249 at Boudreaux Rd. for the new Grand Parkway interchange.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 039.JPG : Construction workers building supports for the new SH-249/Grand Parkway interchange.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 038.JPG : The Graceview Education Center in mid-demolition.  This structure had to be cleared for right of way construction.

JUNE 2014

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 060.JPG : SH-249 at Boudreaux Rd., facing east across the intersection.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 061.JPG : SH-249 at Boudreaux Rd., facing west across the intersection.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 062.JPG : Facing north along SH-249 towards Grand Parkway interchange under construction.

OCTOBER 2014

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 002.JPG : Intersection of SH-249 and Boudreaux, facing east across the freeway during construction.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 008.JPG : Aerial photo facing south along SH-249 during construction, with the new Grand Parkway crossing over it.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 009.JPG : A great aerial photo over SH-249 and Holderrieth Blvd. during construction of the main lanes.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 010.JPG : A great aerial photo over SH-249 and Holderrieth Blvd., facing south towards the Grand Parkway interchange.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 011.JPG : A great aerial photo over SH-249 and Holderrieth Blvd., showing the split-off for Business 249 (old highway).
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 021.JPG : Intersection of SH-249 and Boudreaux, facing north along the southbound frontage road.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 022.JPG : Intersection of SH-249 and Boudreaux, facing east across the freeway during construction.  Northbound lanes are in place.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 023.JPG : Intersection of SH-249 and Boudreaux, facing east across the freeway along Boudreaux, zoomed in.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 024.JPG : Northbound on 249 frontage road approaching Holderrieth Blvd. and the split off for Business 249.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 026.JPG : The new freeway barrier wall at the U-turn lane at Holderrieth Blvd.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 027.JPG : Intersection of SH-249 and Holderrieth, facing north along the southbound frontage lanes (Stripes store on left).
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 028.JPG : Standing on the old Boudreaux Rd. alignment facing east across the freeway.  Note the clearing in the trees marking the other half of Old Boudreaux.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 029.JPG : Facing south along the 249 frontage roads from the old Boudreaux alignment.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 030.JPG : Standing on the old Boureaux Rd. alignment (west of 249) facing east across the freeway.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 031.JPG : Construction progress along the 249 corridor, viewed from the old Boudreaux alignment on the west side.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 036.JPG : Southbound on SH-249 near Louetta/Jones, a new building under construction.

JANUARY 2015
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 080.JPG : Aerial photo: Facing south along 249 at the Grand Parkway interchange, as construction continues to progress on the new F1/F2 segments of the parkway.

FEBRUARY 2015
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2015a 003.JPG : Aerial photo, Facing north along SH-249 from Holderrieth Blvd., as construction on the Tomball tollway nears completion.  

MAY 2015
The following seven photos were taken while traveling northbound on the newly opened Tomball Tollway, which starts at Northpointe and goes past Grand Parkway and skirts to the west of downtown Tomball.

JUNE 2015
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2015a 007.JPG : Northbound on SH-249 main lanes at the Northpointe exit, where the freeway ended prior to opening of the Tomball Tollway in April/May 2015.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2015a 008.JPG : The northbound frontage road of SH-249 approaching Northpointe intersection.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2015a 009.JPG : The toll tag reader on SH-249, part of the freshly opened Tomball Tollway.

NOVEMBER 2015
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2015a 017.jpg : Facing north along SH-249 frontage road from Boudreaux.  The Grand Parkway overpass in the distance.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2015a 018.jpg : The northwest corner of SH-249 and Boudreaux, facing north along the southbound feeder, towards the Grand Parkway overpass.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2015a 019.jpg : Another view of the northwest corner of SH-249 and Boudreaux, with Grand Parkway in the distance.

DECEMBER 2015
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 004.JPG : Facing north along SH-249 frontage road from Boudreaux towards Grand Parkway overpass, standing in the church parking lot.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 005.JPG : Facing north along SH-249 frontage road from Boudreaux, standing at the center median.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 006.JPG : Facing west at the intersection of Boudreaux Rd. (the new location).
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 007.JPG : Facing south along the northbound frontage road from Boudreaux.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 008.JPG : Graceview Baptist Church, at the northeast corner of SH-249 and Boudreaux.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 009.JPG : Facing east along Boudreaux from SH-249, at the center median.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 010.JPG : The frontage road intersection of 249 and Grand Parkway, facing north along SH-249.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 011.JPG : The frontage road intersection of 249 and Grand Parkway, facing northeast from 249.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 012.JPG : SH-249 northbound at the old Boudreaux intersection, facing west.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2015a 013.JPG : SH-249 northbound at the old Boudreaux intersection.

FEBRUARY 2016
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 017.jpg : Aerial photo flying over central Tomball, centered around Baker St., Main St. (FM 2920).
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 018.jpg : Aerial photo flying over central Tomball, near Main St. (FM 2920).
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 012.JPG : Facing south along SH-249 from Grand Parkway on the weekend the parkway opened to traffic.

APRIL 2016
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2016a 003.JPG : Aerial photo facing north near Louetta and the Compaq Campus.

MAY 2016
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 061.jpg : Aerial photo facing south along 249 near Louetta & Vintage Park.




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