Archive for the ‘Traffic Problems’ Category

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.  

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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.

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.

Hobby Airport: Roadway Closure
October 25, 2011

A major roadway pavement replacement project will shut down the existing upper-level roadway at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The roadway closure will begin in the evening of Wednesday, October 26 and is scheduled to remain in place for approximately one year.

Key points during closure period:

  • The Passenger Drop Off area will be rerouted to the second level of the attached parking garage, slightly further away from the curbside area
  • Drop offs and pickups involving wheelchairs will take place in a designated lane found closest to the terminal
  • Curbside check-in will still be available to Southwest Airlines customers on the ground level/baggage claim area
  • Drivers who are picking up arriving passengers are encouraged to use the Passenger Pick Up Waiting Lot located off of Airport Blvd. to limit congestion.  
  • Parking at Hobby Airport is limited; be prepared to park at the ecopark lots or at other off-site parking lots

Out of The Office
October 16, 2011

 

I’m out of the office for a bit; please look for traffic updates on Twitter at LOCAL2TRAFFIC. There you will find major updates including accident and stall information for your morning drive.

Thanks so much for watching Local 2!

Rail Service Disrupted
September 22, 2011

NO RAIL SERVICE THIS WEEKEND

DUE TO CONTINUING HOSPITAL BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

METRORail service will be suspended for three weekends in September and October to allow Texas Children’s Hospital to continue construction on a pedestrian bridge over Fannin Street that will connect all of the hospital’s patient care facilities.

Rail service will be unavailable the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Sept. 23 at 9:00 p.m. to Sunday, Sept. 25 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 14 at 9:00 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 16 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

During the shutdown, rail customers will be served by shuttle buses (Route 700) running parallel to the rail line, both north and south, except in the Medical Center.  Patrons who normally board from the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo or Dryden/TMC station platforms can find the shuttle bus on Main Street for travel north and southbound. 

Buses will not be able to access the UH-Downtown Station due to construction.

Normal rail service will resume Monday, September 26, October 17 and October 24, 2011.

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

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

Fight Your Parking Ticket…Online
July 22, 2011

Avoid the hassle of going downtown

to contest a parking ticket. Now, you’ve got 7 days from the date of “citation issuance” to chime in – ONLINE. Here’s the link:

http://www.houstontx.gov/parking/index.htm

Avoid Parking-Lot Accidents
January 13, 2011

You’ve just turned off a traffic-congested street and into the relative calm of a parking lot. Time to relax right? Not really. It’s actually a time to be extra alert. About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Though these low-speed collisions are rarely serious, they can be costly, time-consuming and aggravating. Protect yourself and your vehicle by following these tips.

Buy Time to React
Parking lots are filled with obstacles and hazards, but often the biggest danger is other drivers. They may cut across empty rows, drive too fast or ignore signs and pavement markings, endangering everyone in the lot. The best way to deal with these drivers is simple: Slow down. This buys you time to react and avoid a collision. Be especially cautious when turning corners and backing up.

“If you drive just a little bit slower, you are in a better position to absorb the misbehavior of others,” says Leonard Evans, an expert and author on traffic safety issues. “You must absorb their folly so you don’t pay for it.”

Expect Pedestrians
Parking lots are full of people coming from and going to their cars. “Pedestrians have a great sense of security in parking lots—they don’t look for traffic,” Evans says. Though pedestrians may not be looking out for you, it’s still your responsibility to look out for them. Keep a wary eye out for any pedestrians who may cross your vehicle’s path and be sure to obey all crosswalks within the parking lot. When entering particularly high foot-traffic areas, take your own foot off the accelerator and cover the brake. Anticipate pedestrians even if you don’t see any. If you’re in a busy shopping area, remember that people lugging sacks of groceries or other purchases could also be shepherding hard-to-see children, too.

Distance Yourself
Door dings and scratches are aggravating and hard to avoid. No matter how courteous and conscientious you are when parking, you can fall victim to someone else’s carelessness. One way to reduce the risk of door damage is to park away from other vehicles. This may be inconvenient, but it’s considerably more polite than parking your vehicle across several spaces to keep others from parking near you. And the extra walking is good exercise.

(Source: State Farm Insurance)

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.

Viewer Email: Coastal Delays?
November 18, 2010

(THURS.) This morning the southbound lanes of 146 were completely blocked and a detour set up where 146 intersects with I45 south.  We all had to travel several miles north on the feeder of I45 and turn around at exit 7 or 8 to go south again on I45.  Please let your viewers know because this was time consuming.
Thanks,
Jennifer E.

A: Here’s what we found out from TxDOT:
The IH 45 northbound mainlanes over SH 146 sustained significant damage to two outside steel girders due to being hit (over height loads). This happened several times which has required repairs be made. Workers will remove and replace the two steel girders and remove and replace the concrete slab and rail. Work began this week and is scheduled to last 30 days. However, there is a good chance the contractor will be finished earlier as long as the weather cooperates.
– TxDOT

As soon as I find out how long it will need to stay closed, I’ll let you know by updating this blog posting.

MAJOR 290 NW Frwy Snag!
November 9, 2010

EMERGENCY ROADWAY CLOSURE

ON US 290 WESTBOUND FROM FM 1960 TO HUFFMEISTER

(Houston) – All lanes of US 290 westbound from FM 1960 to Huffmeister are currently closed due to an overturned 18-wheeler and damage to an overhead sign structure.  All traffic will be detoured to the FM 1960/SH 6 exit.  To return to  US 290 westbound, motorists will need to turn left on SH 6 and take the Old Hempstead exit, make a right at Hempstead Highway, turn right on Huffmeister and continue straight to access US 290 westbound.

Initial estimates to restore traffic are between 6 and 8 hours.  Motorists should expect significant delays considering this closure will continue through the evening rush hour.  Motorists are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes.

H6 Fatal Accident (Nov. 8)
November 8, 2010

Fatal Traffic Accident at 1500 State Highway 6
Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 1500 State Highway 6 about 7:30 a.m. today (Nov. 8).

The identity of the victim, who was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital and pronounced dead, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The driver of a blue Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling north on State Highway 6 when the pickup crossed over into oncoming traffic.  The truck then sideswiped a gray Infinity I-35 and struck a red Chevrolet Cobalt head on.  A white Toyota Sienna then struck the rear of the Cobalt after the head-on collision.  The driver of the Cobalt was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.  The driver of the pickup was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in an unknown condition, while the driver of the Toyota was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in an unknown condition.  The driver of the Infinity was not injured.

The investigation is continuing.