Archive for the ‘Katy Frwy’ Category

I-10/99 Construction Details
July 10, 2010

IH 10 WEST/SH 99 DIRECT CONNECTORS

Construction has begun in far West Harris County: crews are building two direct connector ramps from IH 10 westbound to SH 99 southbound and from SH 99 northbound to IH 10 eastbound.  The addition of these ramps will significantly improve the mobility and flow of traffic traveling through the IH 10 West/SH 99 intersection.

Groundbreaking ceremony: June 4, at 9:30 a.m., to officially kick-off the start of construction.

Cost: The $29.1 million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Economic Stimulus)

Estimated duration of project: 18 months to complete. (Dec 2011)

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KATY: Managed Lanes
April 20, 2009

Do you drive down the Katy Freeway alone? Do you sometimes sit in traffic wishing that you could use “those center lanes” to get around traffic delays? Well, you can NOW. All you need is a TxTag or an EZTag. You will have to pay a toll and those rates are allowed to change depending on the traffic conditions. You will see the current price posted on the message boards.

For more information head to: https://www.hctra.org/katymanagedlanes/how_it_works.html

KATY FRWY: IMPROVEMENT
April 16, 2009

GOOD NEWS FOR I-10 COMMUTERS: A WHOLE NEW WAY TO COMMUTE.

WELCOME TO THE NEW AND IMPROVED KATY FREEWAY.

Starting April 18, everything changes on I-10. The Katy Managed Lanes become fully operational between Downtown Houston and Katy to give you new commuting options, even when you’re driving solo.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS.

Now there are four HOV lanes: two heading in and two heading out of town between Highway 6 and Loop 610 for commuters to use throughout the day. Single drivers are welcome to use the lanes any time. If you’re traveling solo during HOV hours, just remember to drive in the designated EZ TAG lane on the right as you approach a tolling plaza so your EZ TAG can be read.

MAKING HOV LANES WORK HARDER FOR EVERYONE.

This new concept puts underused HOV lanes to good use for everyone, offering more options and helping to ease traffic in the main lanes. And by managing the tolls, we’ll keep traffic moving.

AN EZ TAG IS THE EZ ANSWER.

As always, carpoolers and motorcycles ride free in both directions during HOV hours. For everyone else, and at all other times, an EZ TAG is required.

www.katymanagedlanes.org

Please email JREYNA@KPRC.COM if you have any questions that have not been answered on this blog about the Katy Frwy.

Katy Frwy:Saving you time (Take the poll)
December 12, 2008

STUDY REVEALS COMMUTERS ARE SAVING SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL TIME WHEN TRAVELING ALONG THE NEW I-10/KATY FREEWAY…

I have included this poll because I want to know what you think! It’s important because millions of dollars were spent. So, please share your opinion with me. The results are always shared on-air as well. I have also included the entire news release, below. I was going to shorten the write-up…but decided to leave it as is because I found the information to be interesting.

“Texas Transportation Institute Completes a Review of Katy Freeway Travel Times and Speeds”

(Houston, Texas) – At the request of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) recently completed a review of travel times and speeds along the I-10/Katy Freeway. This initial analysis of commuter benefits relative to the recently completed expansion project reveals that drivers are saving significant time during roundtrip commutes between SH 99 and the I-610/West Loop when comparing traffic conditions in June 2008 to data collected during a recent review in November, particularly during peak time hours.

After opening the freeway in its full lane capacity at the end of October, commuters traveling the Katy Freeway corridor now save an average of 15 minutes of time during their morning commutes by increasing average travel speeds by 25 MPH, and save on average another 12 minutes of time during afternoon commutes by increasing average travel speeds by 19 MPH. “We are pleased about the recent survey results that tell us that drivers are saving as much as 40 – 45 minutes a day on their roundtrip commutes on the new and improved Katy Freeway,” says Delvin Dennis, TxDOT Houston District Engineer.

In June 2008, drivers were averaging speeds of 33 MPH and travel times of 36 minutes during morning commutes between SH 99 and the West Loop. Afternoon commutes were averaging 35 MPH with travel times of 34 minutes. With the completion of construction, morning commuters are now averaging speeds of 58 MPH and travel times of 21 minutes with afternoon commuters averaging 54 MPH and travel times of 22 minutes when traveling this same distance. This translates to almost 2 ½ hours per work week that commuters are given back valuable time to spend in other ways besides sitting in traffic.

http://www.katyfreeway.org/KatyFwyTravelTimes.pdf.

Katy HOV – Your opinion?
September 8, 2008

Good Monday Morning to you-

Well, many of you have been writing in and asking what I think of the Katy HOV lane closing. First, let me say that I think things could have been worse this morning as far as the backup. Overall, it was not too bad because many of you were informed about the change. Park Ten was about the worst that we saw traffic get all morning long. Those extra mainlanes sure did help the commute out as well. We did see some drivers who either were not paying attention to signs or who thought that they were “the exception to the rule” and kept driving in the HOV lane. Well, officers were waiting at the Addicks Park and Ride portion of the ramp to steer everyone off…with the exception of Metro Buses.

My opinion: Houstonians and people who live in Katy will be happy with the new HOV and managed lanes coming late October.  🙂

 

Now it’s your turn to let me know what you think…if you drive the Katy freeway (HOV or not), chime in. Let me know how your drive into work was and any thoughts you have on the topic.