A portion of Interstate 45 near The Woodlands will soon be designated as the George P. Mitchell Memorial Highway in honor of the master-planned community’s founder and visionary.
In commemoration, two 18-foot long by 5-foot high signs declaring the section of freeway between the Harris-Montgomery county line and Texas 242 are to be installed by the end of this year, Visit The Woodlands President Nick Wolda said.
There is to be one sign at the northern route into The Woodlands and one sign at the southern route into The Woodlands.
At Wednesday’s Convention and Visitors Bureau special meeting at The Woodlands Township, the board of directors and members heard from state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, about how the signs came to be — first trying in 2013 before succeeding during this year’s 86th legislative session with House Bill 2571 enacting the signs.
“I was committed to it this session and so was Senator (Brandon) Creighton, and we got it done,” Toth told the directors. “I think this is something we can all feel really good about.”
Toth thanked the directors and members, the The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and the Howard Hughes Corp. for their support to get this portion of the freeway dedicated.
“We’re blessed to live in one of the nicest planned communities in the United States…It’ll be neat for the Mitchell family when we unveil this, not to come to pay for any of this but to enjoy and celebrate their dad and his legacy for all of this,” Toth said.
The CVB directors and members then approved an agenda item for the designation of funding for the signage Wednesday after The Woodlands Township’s full board of directors approved a resolution for the signage in May. The township board is to also act upon a similar agenda item for the designation of funding at their regular meeting Thursday night.
CVB Chairman Bruce Rieser said the board is thrilled that this bill passed, and the signage is underway. He likened the designation to a community-wide “thank you card” to the Mitchell family. Mitchell died in 2013 at the age of 94.
“The community would not be here without (George Mitchell’s) foresight and business savvy. He’s been gone for quite some time and I think it’s a very appropriate memorial to his memory and what he means to this particular part of Texas,” Rieser said.