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THE WOODLANDS EDITION VOLUME 8, ISSUE 12 | AUG. 13-SEPT. 9, 2019

Diverse plans tackle tourism challenges New attractions, bookings aim to keep hotel tax revenue flowing BY ANDREWCHRISTMAN AND VANESSA HOLT Aer several years of gains in hotel occu- pancy and sales tax revenue in The Wood- lands,  has seen less robust growth, leading ocials and hospitality industry leaders to speculate about how to grow the local tourist trade. Although hotel tax revenue in The Wood- lands is up % midway through the year, growth is slower than projected, township ocials said. The township had budgeted for .% growth this year, said Monique Sharp, assistant general manager for nance and administration. Plans to increase tourist appeal include a  million renovation of The Wood- lands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center this summer as well as the possible development of a new performing arts center on the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion property. In addition, Visit The Woodlands—for- merly known as the Convention and Vis- itors Bureau—has launched a revamped tourism eort this year and increased

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IMPACTS NowOpen, Coming Soon &more

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TO-DO LIST Events and things to do

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES Construction highlights

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Study seeks to ease congestion and crashes TxDOT targets improved safety, mobility on FM 1488 BY BEN THOMPSON The Texas Department of Transportation is reviewing trac, safety and mobility conditions along roughly  miles of FM  as part of an ongoing study of the corri- dor stretching from FM  to I-. In The Woodlands area, FM ’s nearly  miles between I- and FM  have grown busier and more hazardous, according to TxDOT data. That stretch of road contains over  access points, and some daily trac counts there have risen by thousands of vehicles since . Annual vehicle crash counts on that portion of the

The Texas Department of Transportation’s plans for the future of FM 1488 could bring several mobility-related recommendations to address crashes and congestion.

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POSSIBLE STUDY RESULTS

Adding new turn lanes

Creating pedestrian and bike paths

Installing new traffic signals

Annual crashes on FM 1488 in The

Daily traffic counts on FM 1488

increased by 37,781 in The Woodlands area from 2010-18.

Woodlands area have grown over 150% from 2010-18.

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DINING FEATURE SorrisoModern Italian Kitchen

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SOURCE:TEXASDEPARTMENTOFTRANSPORTATION/COMMUNITY IMPACTNEWSPAPER

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