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  1. Bids were opened last week for the expansion to 6 lanes from FM 359 (or wherever the current 6 lanes is reduced to 4) to the Brazos River. Williams Brothers was the low bidder, but for some reason the results are no longer on the TxDOT bid results site. I don't know if the absence of the results means anything. The next 10-mile section from the Brazos River westward is slated for bidding in August 2018, with an estimate of $233 million. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/insdtdot/orgchart/cmd/cserve/let/2018/austin.htm#027102055
  2. About five years ago, someone in Sharpstown claimed that John Glenn once lived in the neighborhood. (not true). But having heard the stories about the astronauts and the 1962 Parade of Homes, I decided to find out what really happened and posted my findings on my web site. You can find out the full story here http://houstonfreeways.com/Home/Sharpstown_History
  3. It looks like the interior of the main factory building is being gutted with numerous broken/removed exterior windows. It appears demolition is imminent. Some of the mature trees on the property have been chopped down, some are protected with fencing (presumably to be preserved), and some are intact without fencing. The warehouses on the eastern edge of the property are complete and appear to be occupied.
  4. I admit that I'm somewhat biased because I lived on Roseland Street (near (Richmond @ Montrose) once upon a time, and I'm thinking in terms of people who live west and south of Midtown. The San Jacinto on-ramp and Fannin off-ramp are the access points for a large area to the south and west, and population is increasing due to the large apartment buildings being built. But yes, your point that there are plenty of alternate options for people in east and north Midtown is valid. In terms of people making the weave from the 45-northbound-to-69-southbound ramp to the Almeda exit, I'm speaking in terms of northbound traffic on Interstate 45. The 45 downtown Spur is not a reasonable option for those folks.
  5. I just posted my updated analysis of the project using the May 2017 schematics. http://houstonfreeways.com/analysis I still have 12 concerns, varying from minor issues to larger concerns which could impact operations. While TxDOT made numerous improvements in the latest schematics, some of my concerns are unchanged since the last version, so prospects for fixing the issues may not be good.
  6. Taken Friday 5/5/2017. Construction appears to be around floor 29.
  7. That's an obsolete schematic. See the most recent (which was posted a year ago) at http://www.ih45northandmore.com/docs5/20160428_NHHIP_Seg3_Project_Updates.pdf The latest version still has the entrance/exit ramp configuration that you are concerned about. However, it is impossible to eliminate all weave and merge situations from a highway project of this scope. The designers had to accept some non-ideal situations.
  8. Taken Friday 3/17/2017 5:30PM.The construction appears to be on floor 25.
  9. I remember going to the "Back from the Beach" events on Sunday in the 1984-1986 time period. I was underage until 1986, so I'm thinking they may have allowed all ages on Suindays. KLOL publicized the event and one of the personalities (Dane Steele, I think) sometimes made an appearance. I seem to remember light attendance at the back from the beach events. Unfortunately I don't recall ever visiting during prime time. After reading these reflections, I wish I had!
  10. Moseley's tenure with Texas Central was quite short. He started in July 2016. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/02/23/former-ghp-ceo-high-speed-rail-exec-to-lead-texas.html Obviously he was brought in to help the project survive the legislative session currently in progress. Maybe he's done with that task, even though the session goes through the end of May. But it does seem somewhat suspicious he's leaving before the end of the session. I'm always left to wonder if there is more to the story, good or bad for Texas Central. (Were the C-types dissatisfied with the lobbying effort? Or are they confident of success, so there was no reason for Moseley to stay? And assuming they proceed to construction, is there no role for Moseley?)
  11. "The project is entirely funded through private donors and is not receiving any public funds." Hmmm...normally financial backers are called investors, not donors. Maybe this is a Freudian slip by the article's author, suggesting he thinks it is a financial boondoggle.
  12. Texas Central has said they will seek low-interest government loans, so this would be good news for them since most reports about the Trump infrastructure plan suggest it will be public-private partnerships (e.g. toll roads) and tax credits to promote private investment. I don't know if the so-called "Tifia" loans would apply to trains. Trump administration support would likely be more favorable for North Texas, where they are studying a link between Dallas and Fort Worth. That section is definitely not financially feasible on its own and will require government funds. Although the Trump plan would be expected to minimize "free" money, I could see some funding going towards system connectivity and promoting success of privately funded efforts, which in this case would be helping to funnel more passengers into Texas Central.
  13. Tunnel options were studied as alternatives early in the process, around 5 to 6 years ago. You can find details of the tunnel alignments in the meeting documents on the official project web site. The tunnels would not have replaced existing freeways, but provided additional capacity, presumably toll/HOV.. These documents provide a good overview http://www.ih45northandmore.com/docs/Universe_of_Alts_Seg_3.pdf http://www.ih45northandmore.com/docs/IH45_Universe_of_Alts_Summary.pdf The cost figure they reported was $700 million per mile for a four-lane bored tunnel with two lanes on each of two levels (i.e. a double-deck tunnel). Costs have surely risen since then, so $800 million per mile would probably be a rough estimate.
  14. Every time I have checked the United weekend specials web site in recent months I have found the message " There are no United Specials this week." https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/booking/specials/default.aspx For a very long time (I'm thinking around 15 years) United was very consistent about nearly always having weekend specials, even on holiday weekends. But that has now stopped. Does anybody know what is going on? Is this a temporary suspension and regular weekend specials will return, or has United permanently diminished weekend specials?
  15. TxDOT has a public meeting this month for expanding I-45 through Huntsville. The description mentions expansion to 6 main lanes, plus collector distributor lanes (length and location not disclosed). http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/bryan/112916.html The first project in Walker County is scheduled to go to bid in December, estimated at $131 million http://www.dot.state.tx.us/insdtdot/orgchart/cmd/cserve/let/2017/walker.htm#067507096