Archive for April, 2011

Viewer Email:South Side Intersection
April 21, 2011

Blank Speed Limit Sign??
April 19, 2011

VIEWER EMAIL: Good Morning Jennifer, I wanted to send this photo of a speed limit sign that one of my coworkers pass daily. We were trying to find out if you have any idea what this means and just how fast can I drive before I get a ticket?  Thanks, Thomas B.

North Loop around Ella

 
A:
Location: IH 610 (North Loop) frontage roads between IH 45 and Ella
 
On our major reconstruction projects, we install blank signs near the end of the job when the roadway is opened to traffic and then do speed studies to determine the new speed limit.  In this case, we did not add lanes or change the highway so the signs will be posted with the same limit ( I believe 45 mph through most of the project) using stickers.
 
On the major projects we commonly have a couple of weeks transition time regarding the speed limits. We are getting close to completion on this project.
 
The sign photographed appears to have a bandit bumper sticker placed on it.    -TxDOT

Viewer Mail: Museum District Parking
April 18, 2011

8 Tips To Survive Your Drive
April 12, 2011

Survive your drive with these tips from Walter Irvine, an instructor at the Skip Barber Racing School, in Lakeville, Connecticut. Hum, wonder if we Houstonians would agree…

What If…?

… a car is heading straight toward you in your lane? “Try to get their attention [honk, flash your lights], but also look ahead and plan for an evasive reaction. Do not stare at the oncoming vehicle,” because your car follows your line of sight. “Look where you want to go, not where you are heading.”

…a car is tailgating you and honking wildly? “Pull over and let it by.”

… a car is swerving ahead of you and the driver is clearly impaired? “Give him room, do not tailgate, and, again, do not fixate on him.”

… a deer darts in front of your car? “Calmly attempt to avoid it with as little braking and steering as you can.”

… you come to a four-way stop? “Always try to establish eye contact with drivers waiting to proceed. If you see them looking at you, you know it is safe.”

… you’re blinded by the sun? “Don’t overreact by slamming on the brakes or swerving. Continue on your path so you are predictable to other vehicles.”

… you get a yellow light as you approach an intersection? “You should never go through a yellow light if you have the ability to stop safely.”

… you’re about to be rear-ended? “Take your foot off the brake. If the car behind you hits you, the impact will be lessened if your car can roll forward.”

(Source: Reader’s Digest)

Here’s our Mobile App
April 10, 2011

Click2Houston now has a mobile phone app.  Enjoy!

http://www.click2houston.com/mobile/index.html

Road Repair Near The Galleria
April 6, 2011

Mobility Alert For Those Who Travel Around The Galleria Area

Post Oak Boulevard Construction Phase I
Begins Tuesday, April 5

Post Oak Boulevard has undergone much wear and tear over the past few decades, leaving many parts of the street in a bad state of disrepair. Starting Tuesday, April 5, Uptown Houston will begin construction to repair the deteriorated portions of the Boulevard between Richmond and the West Loop and is expected to be completed by November 2011.

The first phase of the project begins just south of Hidalgo and extends to Fairview (blue sections below).

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Pavement repairs will require the closure of two lanes. As a result, the work must be done at night to mitigate traffic congestion during peak times. During non-construction hours, two lanes will remain open for traffic. Work will take place in the evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. and Phase I is expected to be completed in four weeks.