Archive for January, 2012

Speed Limit Increase
January 28, 2012

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.

 

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Heavy Rain Expected, Be Safe.
January 25, 2012

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

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

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

https://www.hctra.org/about_construction/

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

Lost Load of Logs
January 19, 2012

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


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

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

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

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.

First Playoffs For The Texans
January 9, 2012

La Porte Ladies: Playoff Party

Chef Joey and Sharon from Kroger

Father and Son,Texan Spirit!

Tailgating in the Yellow Lot: Texans Playoffs

"BEAT the Bengals!!"

Monday Morning Flooding
January 9, 2012

288 at Holly Hall (near 610)

288 Freeway at Holly Hall (near 610)

610 at Kirby

Bellaire near Dairy Ashford

Link to check current traffic conditions and flood areas:

http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/

Flooding: 90 before H6

610 at Scott

North Beltway Closed
January 5, 2012

North Beltway Closed at JFK

An accident involving two overturned 18-wheelers happened around 8:15am, Thursday (1/5) morning.

One truck collided with the center lane lighting system, so power must be turned off in the area.

The closure might have the Beltway blocked until mid-afternoon. Please take Greens, Aldine Bender or Will Clayton as alternate routes.

SH 73: CLOSED Due to 50+ Car Pileup
January 5, 2012

SH 73 near Veolia Plant (W of Taylor's Bayou)

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says HWY 73 just west of Port Arthur, about 80 miles east of Houston (near the Veolia plant) is shut down due to a major accident. Officials say more than 50 vehicles MAY be involved in the accident.

Chief Sonnier says 2 cars were on fire when he arrived at the accident site.  One tanker truck was turned over. on its side  He says 4 people had to be removed from their car using a jaws of life.  As of 7 a.m., 10 patients had to be taken to the hospital due to injuries from the accident.  One man had heart attack on the scene and had to be taken to the hospital.

Official say the collisions were caused “by poor visibility due to mixture of fog and smoke from marsh wildfires.”

All eastbound and westbound lanes  of 73 are closed just west of Taylor’s Bayou due to the wreck.  You are advised to use FM 365 and Interstate 10.

Boat Show 2012
January 4, 2012

Hi Friends,

I’m going to be at Reliant Center and would love to meet you in person!

Friday, January 6th from 5-7pm