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Presided by Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack, The Howard Hughes Corporation held an Official Renaming Dedication Ceremony

The Howard Hughes Corporation held a dedication ceremony on Monday, December 28, 2020, to officially celebrate the renaming of The Woodlands® Waterway Avenue Bridge as the Alex Sutton Family Bridge in honor of the dedication of Alex G. Sutton to The Woodlands community. The celebration was presided by Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack.

The Montgomery County commissioners unanimously approved the renaming of the bridge during their Tuesday, November 20 court meeting.

James Noack, Montgomery County Commissioner Precinct 3, said, “Alex Sutton has been an integral part of the fabric of The Woodlands for several years. We wanted to recognize Alex’s many accomplishments and contributions to our community by naming this bridge in his honor. It is a fitting tribute to his dedication to what The Woodlands has become today, and for what its future holds for those who live and work in this wonderful community.”


Alex Sutton recently retired from his position as Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation. During his 26-year tenure, he managed the design and construction of the extension of major thoroughfares, including, among others, Woodlands Parkway, Lake Woodlands Drive and Lake Woodlands Bridge, Research Forest Drive and Gosling and Kuykendahl Roads, residential home sections and commercial building sites, The Woodlands Waterway®, and all six Waterway bridges, including Lake Robbins and Waterway Avenue Bridges.

For over two decades, he has also overseen commercial development, including Town Green Park, Waterway Square®, The Westin at The Woodlands, Embassy Suites by Hilton at Hughes Landing and numerous retail, multifamily and office buildings in The Woodlands Town Center®, Hughes Landing® and Research Forest.

His civic and industry involvement includes service as Director and Chairman of Interfaith of The Woodlands, Director, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Founding Director and Chairman of The Woodlands Arts Council, Director, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Director and Chairman of the North Houston Association, Director and Chairman of Montgomery County Youth Services, Director, The Montgomery County Community Foundation, Director and Secretary of The Woodlands Township, and he is a Member of the Urban Land Institute. He was named a Hometown Hero in The Woodlands in 2019 by Interfaith of The Woodlands.

“We are proud to celebrate the renaming of The Woodlands Waterway Avenue Bridge to the Alex Sutton Family Bridge in recognition of his rich contributions and service to our community over the past decades,” said Jim Carman, President, Houston Region, The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Alex has helped create the place so many of us have come to love and call our hometown. Dedicating this bridge to Alex and his family is truly a fitting gesture.”

Alex and his wife, Sharon, live in The Woodlands Town Center. They are members of The Woodlands United Methodist Church and have eight grandchildren, four of whom reside in The Woodlands.

Bridge Dedication Alex & Sharon Sutton

Bridge Dedication Alex Sutton Family