Tomorrow is voting deadline for Montgomery County road bonds

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Tomorrow is the last day for voters in Montgomery County to vote on a road bonds proposal (KTRK)

Voters in Montgomery County must decide Saturday whether to authorize $350 million in road bonds.

The controversial project identifies 77 projects across the county including road construction, improvement, and maintenance. Early voting started on April 27th. Tomorrow is the last chance for voters to weigh in on the issue.

Opinion is divided over the road bonds. Opponents argue the current package does not address the biggest issues impacting traffic. Instead, critics, like Gordy Bunch, contend the road bonds amount to poor financial planning and may actually add to gridlock.

"Voting no is really putting a pause butting on this road bond," said Bunch. "It gives the entire county time to chime in on what's really most important. We have roads that are not contentious, those should say on the list."

One of the biggest sticking points is an expansion of Woodlands Parkway. The project is billed as a give away to developers by critics or as smart planning by supporters.

Nelda Luce Blair helped create the current proposal. Blair urged voters to say yes and pass the measure. Blair said it's been more than a decade since Montgomery County passed road bonds. With its population growing by the year, Blair said the need is urgent.

"There's been one small very vocal group against 1 project out of 77 projects," said Blair. "They've got folks fearful of development. We need folks who know we need roads, folks that know we need to pass a road bond."

The last chance for registered voters to cast a ballot is Saturday from 7:00am until 7:00pm. For a list of precincts, visit the Election Administrator's website.
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