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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.

 

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.  

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.

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.

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 TxTag.org. 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.

 

 

Where are the Fires??
September 6, 2011

Magnolia Wildfires as of Sept 6th, 7pm

(CLICK ON MAPS TO ENLARGE)

I know a lot of you are asking, “Where are the fires?” and “Which main roads are closed?” Here’s an interactive map that may help:

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/ : On the right side, make sure you click on the “fire” box.

http://www.click2houston.com/index.html : We have wind direction, images and other information. If you have any other travel related questions regarding the fires, please email me jreyna@click2houston.com.

We are wishing the families affected by the wildfires and the brave firefighters tackling them, the very best! Be safe out there.

Bastrop Wildfires as of Sept 6th, 7pm

Source: WunderMap

Making History: 1 Billion Cars
August 25, 2011

Wow, eye-opening article I wanted to share about the number of cars on the roads, worldwide and about problems it could pose for us in the future.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/one-billion-vehicles-hit-the-road-are-we-ready-for-two-billion/2011/08/22/gIQA1am4WJ_blog.html

Green Space NOT For Sale
August 14, 2011

TxDOT Committed to Preserving Green space

“Kingwood site will remain a green space and is not for sale.”

Houston District Engineer Delvin Dennis reaffirms the state’s intention to keep the property at the southwest corner of US 59 North and Kingwood a landscaped green space not available for purchase by the Kingwood Medical Center.

The Kingwood Medical Center had inquired about the 6.5 acre parcel of land and expressed interest in purchasing the property to convert it into a parking lot for the adjacent medical-center complex. However, the property is being used as part of a beautification project that is centered on enhancing the aesthetics of the community while improving the local environment.

Some of those improvements are made by The Green Ribbon Project which has worked to enhance communities by planting trees that provide shade, harbor birds and other wildlife, reduce noise, store carbon, reduce erosion, and produce oxygen.

Earlier this year the Houston District reached a lofty goal through a partnership with local organizations in planting one million trees in Houston as part of the initiative. A decision to dismantle and sell the property for future development would not be in-keeping with our goals to aesthetically enhance the quality of life of the communities we serve,” Mr. Dennis said.

(I’m a big advocate of GO GREEN projects in general and must say that I am proud of Mr. Dennis and the decision he has made in this case. -Jennifer)

Major Accident: I-45 at Airline
August 9, 2011

MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT…A sight that we’ve never seen before; below is a Houston Transtar picture of a hydraulic bed that impacted an overhead freeway sign at I-45 North outbound at Airline around 5:30pm, Tuesday evening. Luckily, there have been no reported casualties.

For those of you who drive the North Frwy, traffic is heavily congested into downtown. Take 59 Eastex to avoid brake lights. Southbound traffic is just as bad, so consider the Hardy Toll Road or N. Shepherd Dr.

(As of 7pm) ** I-45 North Frwy will be shut down for next 8-9 hours in both directions as crews repair the overhead sign. We’ll update you in the morning on the freeway conditions.

45 North at Airline

High In The Sky
July 20, 2011

Around 6:30am this morning we spotted an unauthorized person on top of a 150 ft electrical tower at the Hardy Toll Road and Parker. By 7:50am, he had touched ground.  All ended without incident. Traffic was heavy in the morning, delaying southbound commuters by about 15 minutes. This could have affected your power as well, as Centerpoint Energy had to turn off power in the area.

July 20th, Hardy Toll Road near Parker

Traffic delays with emergency crews on scene.

A positive outcome.

Here’s our Mobile App
April 10, 2011

Click2Houston now has a mobile phone app.  Enjoy!

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

Aggressive Driving
January 3, 2011

Aggressive drivers are becoming the norm, according to a Media and Injury Prevention Program at the University of Southern California.

“Aggressive driving is now the most common way of driving,” says co-director Sandra Ball-Rokeach. “It’s not just a few crazies — it’s a subculture of driving.”

Stories of aggressive drivers chasing, punching or shooting their victims are common. But you might avoid becoming a victim if you know how to remain calm and avoid acting upon your feelings.

Are you an aggressive driver?

Do you:
Speed up when someone tries to pass you?
Tailgate people who are going slower than you?
Weave in and out of traffic?
Pass cars on the right?
Flash your headlights at vehicles?
Overuse your horn?
Make obscene gestures?
Yell out your window at people?
Race for a position on the highway?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers some of these behaviors aggressive. So next time, think twice before doing any of these things.

Safety and preventative measures
To avoid an encounter with an aggressive driver, remember these tips:

Don’t block the passing lane.
Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.
Don’t take more than one parking space.
Don’t tailgate.
Don’t stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other drivers.
If you travel slowly, pull over to allow traffic to pass you.
Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
Keep your eyes on the road.
Keep away from erratic drivers.
Don’t challenge other drivers by speeding up to hold your own in your travel lane.
Ignore gestures; do not return them.

Co-Anchoring Morning Show
December 23, 2010

I’ve been on vacation this week, but look forward to returning tomorrow (Christmas Eve) to bring you the news. I’ll be co-anchoring the morning show with Iain Page from 5AM-7AM and then doing the midday show at 11AM with Joel Eisenbaum. (12/24/10)

We are off Christmas morning and then I’ll see you again Sunday (12/26/10) morning 6AM-8AM. 

From The Reyna Family and from The KPRC Bunch…here’s to wishing you and your family the healthiest and happiest Christmas, Holiday Season and New Year!

Warmest,
Jennifer

New Diamond Lanes to be Built on US 290
December 13, 2010


“Addition of diamond lanes will result in travel time savings for motorists.”

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) took bids this week to construct a diamond lane on US 290 from Eldridge Parkway to Skinner Road.

The project includes restriping the east- and westbound lanes of US 290 from Eldridge Parkway to Skinner Road to provide improved access for multi-passenger vehicles entering and exiting the barrier separated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane.  A 700-foot section of the US 290 eastbound mainlane pavement will be widened to accommodate the proper travel lane width due to an existing overhead sign structure.

After completion, the diamond lanes will operate 24 hours a day/7 days a week and will be open to motorists carrying 2 or more passengers.  The diamond lane will facilitate the flow of traffic to and from the US 290 HOV lane during peak periods.

The contract bid for this project is $514,000 and will be funded by METRO.  Construction will begin in approximately 60-90 days and take 60 days to complete.  The new diamond lane is estimated to be open to the public June 2011.

“When complete, the diamond lanes will connect METRO’s Cypress Park & Ride to our barrier separated HOV network, cutting as much as 20 minutes off the travel time along this six-mile section of the corridor,” said George Greanias, Pres. and CEO of METRO.

#1 Killer of Young People
December 12, 2010

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett proclaims December 5-11 “Teens in the Driver Seat Week”


HOUSTON – More than 400 Texas teens die every year in traffic crashes, by far the number one killer of young people. A recent survey found that Cypress Falls students are more likely to engage in risky driving habits than other Texas teens, prompting the school to launch Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS), the nation’s first peer-to-peer safety program for young drivers.

“Most young drivers don’t know that they’re 10 times more likely to die in a crash than people in other age groups,” says Program creator Russell Henk of TTI.

PARENTS: Please take a moment to read the numbers provided from a survey taken in our area. It’s a quick and easy read for all parents, not just those with children attending Cypress Falls.    Cypress Falls driving survey charts1