CONSTRUCTION: IH 610 NORTH LOOP

March 19, 2012 - Leave a Response

Work progresses on the IH 610/US 290 interchange:

Construction crews switched traffic this past weekend on the IH 610 North Loop westbound frontage road from Ella to East T.C. Jester.

The following closure is in place now:

– IH 610 North Loop westbound exit to T.C. Jester will be closed for the next six months, from March 17 through September 30. Use the previous exit at Ella and continue on the frontage road to T.C. Jester.

These closures are part of the ongoing work on the US 290 Program’s $151.5 million IH 610/US 290 reconstruction project, which began July 2011.

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Work on I-10 Project Continues

March 12, 2012 - Leave a Response

LONG TERM CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR IH 10 ENTRANCE AND EXIT RAMP
Construction crews will be closing the IH 10/Katy Freeway westbound exit ramp to TC Jester and westbound entrance ramp from Durham for six weeks beginning Monday, March 12 at 9 p.m. until Monday, April 23 at 5 a.m. The closures are necessary for the contractor to switch traffic to the new pavement and reconstruct the entrance and exit ramps and inside lane between Patterson and TC Jester.

Expect delays and congested conditions during the course of the construction. Seek alternate routes and allow for extra time to arrive at your destination.

Traffic for the TC Jester exit ramp will be detoured to Patterson while traffic for the Durham entrance ramp will be detoured to TC Jester.

This closure is part of the IH 10 Katy Freeway Frontage Road project currently in progress. Construction began on April 26, 2010 and is currently scheduled to finish early 2013.

WEEKEND CLOSURE: SH146

March 9, 2012 - Leave a Response

TOTAL CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR SH 146 AT PORT ROAD

* This will allow the contractor to hang steel beams across the freeway for the southbound connector ramp being built.

Crews will be closing the northbound and southbound mainlanes of SH 146 at Port Road in east Harris County beginning Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m. until Monday, March 12 at 5 a.m. The closures are necessary for crews to construct the planned southbound connector ramp from SH 146 to Port Rd.

Motorists can expect delays and congested conditions during the course of the construction. Travelers are advised to seek alternate routes and allow for extra time to arrive at their destination. 

Traffic will be detoured to the northbound and southbound frontage roads during the closure and police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control.

Dowling: Scheduled Closure

March 2, 2012 - Leave a Response

DOWLING INTERSECTION DETOUR ALLOWS SPEEDY DOWNTOWN RAIL CONSTRUCTION 

 Traffic will be rerouted around the Texas Avenue-Dowling Street intersection in both north and south directions beginning 7 p.m., Friday, March 2.  METRO crews will work around the clock, through the week, until both Southeast Line and East End Line track work is complete through the intersection. Plans are to reopen to traffic by Thursday evening, March 8.  Also this Sunday, March 4, a detour will be in place on Austin and Caroline Streets at Capitol as METRO crews will be installing rail guideway at both intersections.

 

 

Ride METRO to the Rodeo

February 28, 2012 - Leave a Response

AVOID THE STAMPEDE, RIDE METRO TO RODEO 

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) concert series kicks off tomorrow night and METRO has the “horsepower” to get you there. So, mount up and take a seat onboard METRO for a price that won’t break your wallet.

METRO is offering rodeo-goers three shuttle options to get to the show, Feb. 28 through March 18.

Tickets are available at the kiosks inside the listed Park & Ride locations.  Use your METRO Q® Fare Card to build toward your rider rewards of five free trips for every 50 paid rides.


Shuttle Hours to Reliant
Weekdays: 5:00 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.
Weekends: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Last shuttle returning to Park & Ride
Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 1:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2:00 a.m.

I-45 Gulf Frwy: HOT Lanes

February 17, 2012 - Leave a Response

METRO OPENS FIRST HOT LANES ON 45 SOUTH
Gulf Freeway drivers have a new commuting option to combat gridlock – METRO’s HOT Lane

The congestion-fighting concept is simple – drivers without passengers will now be able to use the HOV system by paying a toll, on the I-45 South HOT Lanes, prices range from $1 to $4.50, based on the time of day and level of congestion.

The Gulf Freeway is the first corridor in METRO’s 84-mile HOV network to undergo the transformation, with US 59 South, IH-45 North, US 290 and US 59 North to follow. A gradual opening of the HOT Lanes started on Monday, Feb. 13. The grand opening occurs Monday, Feb. 20.

Cash is not accepted in the HOT Lanes but drivers will be able to use any of the following authorized toll tags: Metro HOT Lanes Toll Tag, Harris County EZ Tag, TxDOT’s TxTAG or the Dallas NTTA Toll Tag.

In addition to posting updates regarding METRO’s HOV-HOT Lane conversion on the agency’s website, METRO also launched an educational campaign – I Hate Houston Traffic, which included billboards, radio spots, and print and digital ads.  The agency invited the congestion-loathing community to its Facebook and Twitter sites to open up the conversation about the project, educate and answer questions.

 

Major Bridge Repair: Downtown

February 9, 2012 - 2 Responses

Not your everyday bridge deck repair

“TxDOT contractor to lift and rotate bridge deck”

A segment of the IH 10 Katy Freeway westbound connector ramp to IH 45 North, one of the oldest bridge structures in the Houston District, will undergo a unique repair that will correct shifting of the roadway.

TxDOT engineers have developed an innovative plan to repair the connector which has moved slightly out of place to prevent it from becoming a hazard to the traveling public. Specialized crews will lift a portion of the connector with large cranes and rotate it back into place. Once the span is back in place, additional repairs will be made to strengthen the structure.

“Over the 40 years of the life of this bridge we’ve experienced numerous contraction and expansion cycles due to the heat of the summer and (the cold) of the winter,” said Q Allen, TxDOT. “The expansion and contraction have allowed, over time, the span of the bridge to rotate.”

Crews will need to close the ramp for approximately ten consecutive days

***CLOSED: Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. until Monday, February 20 at 5 a.m.

Detour: To the Heights Blvd. exit.

The Travis Street connector ramp to IH 45 North Freeway will also be closed during the smae period. This will impact motorists trying to enter IH 45 North Freeway northbound from downtown. Also, one right lane of Travis northbound between Commerce and Girard in downtown will be closed.

Also, all other downtown traffic destined to IH 45 North Freeway northbound can also use Walker to access IH 45 North Freeway northbound. Motorists are encouraged to use Capitol, Prairie, and Congress St. to reach Walker to access IH 45 North Freeway northbound.
HOV lanes will not be affected.

Speed Limit Increase

January 28, 2012 - One Response

Portions of Texas Interstate Highways to see Speed Limit Increase

Miles and miles of Texas highway will soon see speed limit increases following Thursday’s Texas Transportation Commission action approving 75 mph designations for close to 1,500 miles of interstate.

“Texas’ economic strength depends on the efficient and safe movement of people and goods,” Carol Rawson (TxDOT) explained. “These new speed limits increase highway efficiency while maintaining the safety of the transportation system.”

TxDOT recommended to the Commission that speed limits be raised on segments of I-10, I-20, I-27, I-30, I-35, I-37, I-40, I-44 and I-45 after engineering studies showed that higher speeds could be posted safely. However, motorists must continue to travel at the posted speed until new signs are installed.

New 75 mph speed limits approved Thursday are located on:

  • I-10-289 miles across El Paso, Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall, Bexar, Guadalupe, Caldwell, Gonzales, Fayette, Colorado, Austin, Jefferson and Orange counties
  • I-20-423 miles across Crane, Ector, Midland, Martin, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Palo Pinto, Van Zandt, Smith, Gregg and Harrison counties
  • I-27-109 miles across Lubbock, Hale, Swisher and Randall counties
  • I-30-139 miles across Hunt, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Morris and Bowie counties
  • I-35-106 miles across Webb, Medina, Atascosa, Bexar, Hill and Cooke counties
  • I-37-130 miles across Nueces, San Patricio, Live Oak, Atascosa and Bexar counties
  • I-40-166 miles across Deaf Smith, Oldham, Potter, Carson, Gray, Donley and Wheeler counties
  • I-44-11 miles across Wichita County
  • I-45-143 miles across Walker, Madison, Leon, Freestone and Navarro counties

Go to  http://www.txdot.gov/safety/speed_limit/75mph.htm for more information on the locations of the new speed limits.

 

Heavy Rain Expected, Be Safe.

January 25, 2012 - Leave a Response

During the heavy rains on January 9, 2012, the Houston Fire Department responded to more than 140 water rescues, including four major rescues. With heavy rains expected later this afternoon through tomorrow, the Houston Fire Department would like to remind citizens of the National Weather Service’s safety message “Turn Around Don’t Drown®”

Flooding is the most common hazard in the City of Houston and many times, individuals aren’t able to judge the depths of water along roadways and find themselves in perilous conditions.

Water at heights of as little as six inches can sweep you off your feet and downstream.  Water as little as two feet can wash you and your vehicle downstream as well.  Be especially cautious at night, when it’s even more difficult to gauge the amount of water in a roadway.  The safest option is to simply avoid driving over water and find an alternate, safer route, or wait until the danger has passed.  

Wondering About Construction?

January 20, 2012 - One Response

CHECK YOUR FAVORITE HIGHWAY/STREETS BY VISITING THE LINKS BELOW.

http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/construction/construction_report.aspx

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http://www.downtownstreets.com/index.htm

Lost Load of Logs

January 19, 2012 - Leave a Response

Whoops, this truck carrying a load of logs tipped over. Drivers are using a nearby parking lot to get around the mess.

Closure: Washburn Tunnel

January 19, 2012 - Leave a Response


Tonight: Thursday Jan. 19, the Washburn Tunnel will be closed from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. for minor maintenance. Use 610 or the East Beltway.

Expansion of Staffordshire/Stafford Rd

January 19, 2012 - Leave a Response

Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, Jan. 19th at 2:30pm

Crews expanded the two-lane asphalt open ditch roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a raised median in the center. The addition of a lane in each direction will significantly improve the mobility of traffic traveling through the Stafford area. The US 90A project in the area was completed a few years ago and Staffordshire/ Stafford Road expansion will offer a smoother tie-in to US 90A.It took crews about 18 months to complete the project that stretches about three miles from Beltway 8 to Fifth Street.

 

 

MLK Day: Parades

January 16, 2012 - Leave a Response

MLK BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Texas at Crawford, proceeds west on Texas, south on Caroline, east on McKinney,  north on Austin, and concludes on Austin at Capitol.  Beginning no earlier than 9:00 a.m., staging on Texas between  Crawford and Hamilton, Hamilton between Texas and Capitol, Chenevert between Texas and Capitol, and Avenida de las Americas between Texas and Capitol.  Disbanding on Capitol between Austin and Hamilton.

18TH ANNUAL MLK GRANDE PARADE

Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on San Jacinto Street at Elgin Street, proceeds north on San Jacinto Street and concludes on San Jacinto Street at Webster Street.  Beginning no earlier than 9:00 a.m., staging on San Jacinto Street between Elgin Street and Holman Street and on Stuart Street, Francis Street and Holman Street between Fannin Street and Caroline Street.  Disbanding on San Jacinto Street between Webster Street and W. Gray Street, on Webster Street between Fannin Street and La Branch Street and on Caroline Street (east and west curb lanes) and Austin Street (east and west curb lanes) between Webster Street and McGowen Street.

Mother & Child Killed By Drunk Driver

January 12, 2012 - One Response

Pierce DPS tell us a mother and child pulled over to change a tire when a drunk driver struck and killed the pair. Police have blocked all westbound lanes of I-10 at Peach Ridge to investigate.

7:30AM: freeway has re-opened

I-10 West closed in Waller Co. with ongoing police investigation.