Archive for November, 2011

Viewer Email: 290 HOV Lane Violation
November 3, 2011

Q:  Jennifer,

I wonder if there are any plans to install a physical barrier (maybe something like the tall, flexible plastic rods used on the Sam Houston Tollway) between the new HOV lanes in the vicinity of Huffmeister and 1960?

I’ve had several vehicles jump from the stopped main lanes into the HOV lane since the new lanes opened and as a result I normally go 40-45mph in the HOV land through that section to give myself more time to react in case someone pulls into the HOV lane unexpectedly.


Buzz S.

A:  Hi Buzz,

I asked Metro and here’s their response:

We understand the safety concerns raised as they are a top priority for our team. In response, last month we dedicated a few MetroPD officers to this particular stretch of 290 and have seen a significant drop in drivers violating the double white line. Also, in the next couple of weeks, TxDOT will finish installing white metal traffic bumps as a reminder to motorists to stay in their lane and not violate the HOV diamond lane. -METRO

Tolls Begin in Chambers Co.
November 1, 2011

Beaumont, TX – No toll booths. Just smooth sailing. Starting November 1, TxDOT will begin collecting tolls on State Highway 99 (SH 99), also known as the Grand Parkway, in Chambers County.

SH 99 is an all-electronic toll road, from I-10 south to Fisher Road, which means there’s no stopping or slowing down to pay at a toll booth.  (6.6-mile section of roadway)

The one-way toll rate is $1.00 for most passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Motorists can view all toll rates and get additional information about the SH 99 toll road at 1-888-GoTxTag.  

In order to avoid costly violations, motorists are advised to install the toll tag of their choice on their vehicle windshield. Also, make sure all toll account information is up-to-date, including address and license plate number.

SH 99 in Chambers County is part of a third loop within the Houston-Baytown metropolitan area. The proposed 180-mile loop includes 11 separate segments, with the section in Chambers County identified as Segment I-2. The roadway will help relieve traffic congestion, enhance safety and connectivity, and give Texans the first-class transportation system they deserve.