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.
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.