Archive for June, 2011

Galveston Commuters: An Alert
June 25, 2011


“The fender system of the bridge will be replaced to better protect structure”

(Houston) – Construction crews will close the Pelican Island Bridge in Galveston during early morning and nightly intervals starting Monday, June 27 at 6 p.m. for about two months. The closures will allow crews to replace the fender system that protects the bridge from maritime traffic traveling through the Galveston Channel.

We were recently notified by the Galveston Navigation District and the Texas Department of Transportation of a change that will start June 27th.  The bridge will close to vehicular traffic from 6 pm to 9 pm and will reopen to vehicular traffic from 9 pm to 9:30 pm. Closures will continue through the night as per the original schedule.

Bridge closure and access information beginning June 27 (Monday):

  • 6 am to 6 pm, Monday through Thursday (OPEN to cars/trucks)
  • 6 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday (CLOSED to cars/trucks)
  • 9 pm to 9:30 pm, Monday through Thursday (OPEN to cars/trucks)
  • 9:30 pm to 12 am, Monday through Thursday (CLOSED to cars/trucks)
  • 12 am to 12:30 am, Monday through Thursday (OPEN to cars/trucks)
  • 12:30 am to 2:30 am, Monday through Thursday (CLOSED to cars/trucks)
  • 2:30 am to 3 am, Monday through Thursday (OPEN for cars/trucks)
  • 3:00 am to 6 am, Monday through Thursday (CLOSED for cars/trucks)

The bridge will be under normal operations from Friday through Monday.

Crews will replace the fender system, which had been severely damaged during Hurricane Ike in 2008. Construction is being overseen by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Galveston County Navigation District. The project will cost $2.5 million.

Summer Blood Drive 2011
June 24, 2011

You still have time to help. To read about locations click on the link below:

Owen and Jennifer talking to Khambrel about the drive that runs from June 23-26.

Hot pink wrap...proof that Owen Conflenti donated blood to help save lives.

What’s With ‘The-Do?’
June 17, 2011

You may have noticed a few weeks ago…when my hair was filled with curls. I woke up – thinking – “Wow, what am I going to do with all of this hair?” “Brush it out? Pin it back? Tie it up?” My options were limited as I rushed against the clock to get to work. I knew I was going to look a bit showy for a Friday morning, but knew you all would kindly pardon the change.

Friday, May 13th morning newscast

The evening before Friday’s newscast, I emceed an event for the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA). Hence, the ringlets. (HisBA by the way…is a nonpartisan, nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics in the legal profession and the advocacy of issues of concern to the Hispanic community at the local, state, and national level). The money raised went to help a well deserved group of students pay for some of their law expenses.

The special night, in honor of those being awarded, called for an up-do (See the coiffure below). A big thanks to my very talented friend and stylist, Lindsey Kern at Michaelyndon’s Salon. She worked her magic. I’m guessing that there were a good 40 pins in my hair and lots of spray for Houston’s humidity.

My thanks to all of the wonderful folks at HisBA, as well, it was an honor to be a part of their evening.

Jennifer and President, HisBA, Johnny Garza

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Forestier

Jennifer and the Honorable Alexandra Smoots-Hogan

Bridge Work: Sims Bayou
June 1, 2011

HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT PREPARES FOR LAST PHASE OF SIMS BAYOU PROJECT “Motorists are Advised of Upcoming Bridge Closures and Traffic Detours Associated with Bridge Construction in Southwest Houston”

HOUSTON – The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction on the first of the final four roadway bridges associated with the $379 million Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project at the first of next month. The four roadway bridges cross Sims Bayou at Heatherbrook Drive, Croquet Street, South Post Oak Road and Hiram Clarke Road in southwest Houston. The bridges will be reconstructed in that  order.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead agency on the Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, which includes the widening and deepening of 19.3 miles of Sims Bayou and adding environmental enhancements from the Houston Ship Channel to Croquet Street, just west of South Post Oak Road. The project is supplemented by three stormwater detention basins that were excavated by the District using local funds. The project also consists of the modification/replacement of 20 roadway bridges, of which 16 are complete. Construction of the remaining four bridges marks the final phase of the project, which launched in 1990 and is scheduled for completion in late 2012.

Effective Wednesday, June 1, 2011, contractors will begin work on the Heatherbrook bridge. The bridge will be closed and traffic will detour around the construction zone via Amble Lane and Darlinghurst Drive when traveling west from S. Post Oak, and via Croquet when traveling east. This bridge will be closed for approximately six months.

After the new bridge at Heatherbrook opens, construction will begin on the bridge at Croquet, which also will be closed for approximately six months. Traffic will detour around the construction zone via Darlinghurst when traveling south and via Heatherbrook when traveling north. Motorists are encouraged to be alert, pay attention to all posted street and lane closures and to follow traffic detour routes in the area.

To maintain traffic flow through the heavily traveled S. Post Oak and Hiram Clarke corridors during construction, only one side of each bridge will be taken out of service at a time. The construction schedule and detour routes for these bridges will be announced at a later date.

At the completion of the Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, the 1 percent (100-year) floodplain will be removed from approximately 35,000 homes and 2,000 commercial structures, meaning flooding risks will be greatly reduced for citizens residing in neighborhoods adjacent to Sims Bayou

Please be aware that all closures are subject to change. For more information on the Sims Bayou bridge projects, including details on lane closures, major traffic switches, local detour routes, the anticipated schedule for construction on the S. Post Oak and Hiram Clarke bridges, and the opportunity to sign up to receive regular email updates, please visit the Sims Bayou Roadway Bridge Construction webpage at or call the Sims Bayou bridge construction hotline at (713) 684-4107.