First Playoffs For The Texans

January 9, 2012 - One Response

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!!"

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Monday Morning Flooding

January 9, 2012 - Leave a Response

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 - Leave a Response

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 - Leave a Response

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 - One Response

Hi Friends,

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

Friday, January 6th from 5-7pm

Traffic Alert: 59 SW FRWY

December 8, 2011 - Leave a Response

MULTIPLE CLOSURES SCHEDULED OVER THE WEEKEND FOR US 59 SOUTHWEST FREEWAY SOUTHBOUND AT KIRBY

“TxDOT will be doing roadway and bridge maintenance over the weekend”

Multiple mainlanes of US 59 Southwest Freeway southbound between Montrose and Kirby are scheduled to close over the weekend. The closures are necessary for crews to replace expansion joints on the US 59 Southwest Freeway southbound overpass at Kirby.

Friday, December 9 at 9 p.m. until Monday, December 12 at 5 a.m. three left lanes of US 59 the Southwest Freeway will be closed. In addition, the northbound and southbound u-turns at Kirby will be closed on Friday, December 9 at 9 p.m. until Monday, December 12 at 5 a.m. Motorists can u-turn via the signalized intersection.

Two southbound mainlanes on US 59 Southwest Freeway will be open at all times and police officers will be on site to assist with traffic control.

2011 Operation: Stocking Stuffer

December 2, 2011 - Leave a Response

2011 Operation:Stocking Stuffer

All Houston Fire Stations Accepting Toys for Annual Toy Drive

Today, the Houston Fire Department and KPRC Local 2 kicked off the annual “Operation: Stocking Stuffer” Toy Drive.

Citizens may help bring the joy of the holidays to children by dropping off a new or gently used toy at any HFD Station, December 2 – 20.  A complete list of stations and addresses may be found by visiting :https://exchange.kprctv.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.houstonfire.org

Toys may also be dropped off at all Firehouse Sub locations and Los Cucos Restaurants.

Last year, more than 15 thousand toys were collected and given to several thousand families during the Outreach, Inc.  Give-away. This year, the give-away will be held on December 22, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. until all toys have been distributed. The giveaway will take place at the New Light Christian Center located at 7317 E. Houston Road, 77028 near Ley Road in northeast Houston.

Citizens should be aware that toys will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis so there is not a waiting list. Citizens may call 832.394.6632 for this information in English and Spanish.

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.click2houston.com/news/-/1735978/4864370/-/x27bcvz/-/index.html

I had a great time meeting everyone who stopped by today to make a donation! A special thanks to the guys/gals at Station 2 for all of your help, Los Cucos for the great tasting flautas and to Blue Bell, always a treat! Chief Garrison and Assistant Chief Campbell, thank you for your time and for being such great partners with us. May you all have a blessed holiday season!

Viewer Email: 290 HOV Lane Violation

November 3, 2011 - Leave a Response

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.

Thanks

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 - Leave a Response

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.

 

 

Viewer Email: 290 HOV

October 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

Q: Do you know of any reason why the 290 HOV lanes are the only ones that have a three person rule? Just curious…

Jenny D.

A: The occupancy requirement for the 290 diamond lanes is 2+ at all times (this is the non-barrier separated portion). The barrier separated HOV lane is 2+ most of the time, except during morning rush hours (6:45 a.m. – 8a.m.).  The 3+ requirement for the barrier separated HOV has been in place since 1999 due to the level of traffic on this corridor. We continue to monitor the volume of traffic but please note that per the Federal Transit Administration, we are required to maintain traffic flow at 45 mph or higher. – METRO

La Marque Closure: FM 1765

October 26, 2011 - Leave a Response

As of Monday, Oct 17th : FM 1765 between Delaney Road and FM 2004 in La Marque is closed to through traffic. The closure will allow crews to replace a bridge on FM 1765 that is over a drainage ditch.

Residents of the Saltgrass Crossing subdivision will still have access to FM 1765 from FM 2004. The detour route will be posted. Motorists will be able to use Delaney Road and/or FM 2004 which both run perpendicular to FM 1765 as a detour.  Detour signs will also be posted to assist with traffic control. This closure is expected to last approximately 5 months.

Find Your Towed Car

October 26, 2011 - Leave a Response

New HPD Site to Help Citizens “Find My Towed Car”

HPD has launched of a new tool that will help the public, HPD personnel and storage lot operators determine where vehicles are stored in the event their vehicle is towed from a location, otherwise known as a non-consent tow. 

The new website, http://www.findmytowedcar.com provides access to information pertaining to vehicles stored as a result of non-consent tows. 

This new system is more time efficient, allows the general public to make inquiries into missing vehicles without repeated phone calls, and the receipt and release of vehicles can be tracked by storage lot owners electronically and in real-time.

Hobby Airport: Roadway Closure

October 25, 2011 - Leave a Response

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 - Leave a Response

 

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!

Construction Alert: I-10 at 99

October 8, 2011 - Leave a Response

IH 10 KATY AT SH 99

 

TxDOT tells us that construction should be complete by the end of 2011.