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  1. I was driving back from Richmond, TX today and decided to take the scenic route back to Riverside Terrace, that is to take U.S. 90A all the way back as if it is prior to 1961 and the SW Freeway has not been built. I'd taken the stretch last week to check out construction. From Richmond to Highway 6, the highway is still in its 4 lane divided configuration. Once you pass Highway 6, there's some construction going on to widen it to an 8 lane boulevard. Last week, westbound traffic was still using the original 1934 bridge over Oyster Creek in front of the old Imperial Sugar mill. Today, westbound traffic had been diverted to the newer late 1940's former eastbound bridge. Eastbound traffic was on a new structure over the creek. I assume the 1934 bridge is to be demolished soon, the plaques with the year it was built and other info had been removed (what the construction companies did with it, I don't know). There's a few s-curves between Ulrich Rd. and BW 8 diverting traffic onto and off of new and old pavement. It appears in Stafford they're making portions of it a freeway, I'd even heard rumors that they were going to put part of it into a trench at Kirkwood or something like that, it had to do with the railroad crossing as well. Once you pass Willowridge HS, you enter the oldest section of the S. Main/US 90A freeway completed in 1996. Last week, traffic was still on the feeder roads all the way to S. Post Oak. All lanes of the new freeway are open from Stafford to the South Loop. No more traffic lights and crossovers, just smooth sailing at 65 mph, a far cry from just 5 years ago. Passed under 610 and hit the 8 lane boulevard, moving pretty good, then curved onto the 6 lane portion of US 90A known as OST right into Riverside Terrace which is now nice and smooth with new asphalt thanks to TxDOT (took em long enough, over a year from old surface removal to repaving!)
  2. Does anyone know what that old Asian style shopping center is? Why isn't it still open? It looks like a nice place to redenvelope. I wish I could tell you exactly where it is but I can't.
  3. Development application was sent to the City of Missouri City. https://www.missouricitytx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11482/110419-R-Pkt
  4. I meant to ask this when I was still in the area, but I saw a tower crane near this intersection, assembling a fairly substantial structure. It appeared to be a bit behind the Springhill Suites that was completed recently, and they were to the 2nd or 3rd level when I drove by. Was never able to see any signage. Anyone know what this project is?
  5. Anyone drive the new section of U.S. Highway 90? What's up with that? There are two gaps where there are no main lanes. It's a full freeway most of the way, but when you get closer to BW 8 is where the main lanes disappear. Just curious.
  6. EXCELLENT thread! In the mid 1980s when I was a kid I saw the abondonded remains of 2 of those drive in's on that map. The one at the HWY 225 and Red Bluff intersection had the screen still standing until sometime in the late 80s. I used to see it all of the time when we went to Pasadena. The one off of S. Main still had some of the concession stand structure and the poles that held the speakers there back in the 80s as well. I wish I photos. Anyone know when the power plant near S. Post Oak and S. Main was demolished and removed? If you look in google maps the exact space of the power plant is still there. Nothing has been built on the site; an empty pad exists. Was there contamination in the soil? A new residential area is built to the south and to the NE there is Houston sports complex. I've seen it in a photo of Westbury taken from the air in 1960. Sam Houston airport was still alive back in 55....wow....Westbury South sits right on top of it these days.
  7. Does anyone know what the status of the effort to make the train horns quieter on US90? This affects many neighborhoods such as New Territory. I got a flyer from the City of Sugar Land talking about some sort of noise solution and it did get quieter for a few months. But the train horns are loud again. The horns go off all hours of the night and occasionally wake me up. I am pretty far away. I can't imaging how loud it is for folks closer to the tracks.
  8. I had to go to Stafford the other day and took US 90A all the way there from my neighborhood. You can now get from 610 to Stafford without traffic lights with a 55 mph speed limit (previously 40-50 mph a few months ago, but everyone still mostly does 65-70 along this stretch), it makes the trip nice and quick. The portion inside Stafford itself is still under construction, and will not be to freeway (or superstreet) standards, it's still a divided highway with homes and businesses in the middle, except with improved drainage, intersection improvements and about 2-4 lanes added in each direction. The westbound lanes now have a small street added to the interior, separated from the main highway with a curb to retain access to houses and businesses without their driveways leading to the main highway. The Staffordshire underpass (which more of a street to street underpass similar to OST/Griggs or S.Main/Holcombe) is still under construction, looks like it'll need about a year or two before it's ready. I didn't get to drive any further beyond that to see how the FM 1092 underpass was coming along. I think I saw the Dulles overpass from US 59 one day and I think it was open to traffic, and I think there's one more between Dulles and FM 1092, but I haven't been down there since Jan, so I'm not sure. I suppose commuters going from Fort Bend County to the Med Center are liking this.
  9. I have a theory about the vast prairies that lie south of the Loop, north of the Beltway, and along both sides of 288, extending from about Scott Street back towards Highway 90A. Am I right, or is this just some fluke that we have countryside so close to such a burgeoning urban area? The theory goes like this: Development in the area has historically been slow; the reason for this is likely that State Highway 288 was completed as a freeway in 1984, just prior to a major regional downturn that was particularly hard-felt in the housing market. As the region began to emerge from the downturn, much of the prairie land through which the freeway had been built remained undisturbed, but the few neighborhoods that had been built in the area prior to the freeway
  10. The intersection at HWY 6 & HWY 90 is now open! Hwy 6 now has a bridge over University (in front of Sams), HWY 90, and the train track. This will be a HUGE time saver for thousands of drivers that drive thru this intersection every day. Plus the infrastructure is now ready for the Telfair retail, mixed use development planned for the SW corner of the intersection.
  11. I have a photo I need a little help identifying the date and location. The best I have been able to determine is early 50's at what is either I10 and McCarty Market St. and McCarty . Any help is appreciated. Here is a link to the best resolution I have. Thanks, http://www.texasfreeway.com/stock/US90-TX73.jpg EDIT: I had Wayside when I ment McCarty
  12. Hey all. I have been following some of the threads about past hotels and other businesses on S. Main and OST with great interest. Those old photos and postcards are great, and it's good to see some of those buildings are still standing (though not for long in this wrecking ball happy town). While that's all interesting and everything, I'm looking for some information and photos pertaining to the roads themselves. I've always had a great interest in them seeing as I live less than a mile from OST over in Riverside Terrace, and used to ride to school down the old four lane S. Main between Kirby and 610 regularly before the expansion to eight lane boulevard took place. I've been looking at some old maps and old photos, it appears South Main from OST all the way to Richmond, TX was the first four lane divided highway in the area. Prior to that, it was just a two lane highway. I'd like to know what year the highway was made divided and four lanes. All I know is it was late 40's. Then, there's the old intersection with Holmes Rd. I can remember back in the late 90's before its upgrade to a freeway, riding in the car through that intersection. I thought to myself how odd it was for some non access controlled roads to have such a large complicated intersection with ramps and overpasses. Looking at this old photo from 1960, http://rootmedia.net/images/westbury60.jpg, it looks like the southbound flyover and Holmes overpass weren't built until between 1960 and 64. It looks like back then, two southbound lanes split off and went over the tracks at grade while one or two southbound lanes went under the tracks alongside the northbound lanes to provide access to Holmes before coming back around to the southbound side of the divided highway after crossing Hiram Clarke. Hope I didn't confuse anyone with that description. Is there anyone here old enough to remember if that was the case? Are there any old photos of the highway from sometime between the 40's and late 90's? Then there's OST. Turns out it was built as a two lane realignment of US 90A in 1935 as the "OST Cutoff". When was it built to its current six lane configuration? I'm looking for photos of OST in its original and current configuration through the years. Also, when was the Griggs Rd./England St. overpass built over OST? Someone in my family told me it was the early 70's, and that there used to be bad accidents there when it was first built. I'm more inclined to think it was built in more like late 50's/early 60's going by guardrail and road sign designs. I know that's quite a lot to ask for my second post, but those are some things about historic Houston that have been bugging me over the years, and it looks like I may finally get some answers. -Joe
  13. I've lived out here East for many years now. They are finally consructing HWY90 into The Loop. It should be finished in a year or 2. My questionis are there any projects for HWY90 and The Belt. There;s alot of space there and KBHomes bought some of it so there's no roon for a mall. They could have used that spave for all sorts of things, offices,mall, mimimall,stores, Park&Ride and apartments. You're not supposed to put homes at a major HWY junction. There's 3 other but 2 of them don't have much room. There's 1 more but it's got trees all in it.
  14. "Crosby, the new Pearland." At least, that's what I've been telling every land speculator I've met in the past two and a half years since I figured this out. If they know where it is, they typically don't take me seriously... ...but once people can get out there along a completely uncongested route without having to pass by all the crap along the East Freeway...288 all over again.
  15. On the south side of US90A (Main St./Holmes Rd.) just past Beltway 8, there's an empty field with white brick piers defining a former driveway. Just a little farther down the road is an abandoned parking lot; overgrown, but with light poles remaining. What used to be here? I've read the posts about the former Domain Privee, but this seems to be farther west on US90A than that seems to be. Thanks, Marty
  16. The largest remaining stretch of available commercial land in Sugar Land has been purchased by a partnership that plans to develop a mixed-use project there. Weaver Davis & Jacob Realty Group said Monday that it represented Hwy 6 & 90 Ltd., a single-asset limited partnership, in the purchase of the 112-acre tract at the southwest corner of Highway 6 and Highway 90. Bizjournals article.
  17. Wtf is it with this hwy 90? Am I trippin or are there about 20 alt or proposed hwy 90s in the city? Does anyone know the story behind all this? Has anyone else seen what I'm talkin bout drivin through houston? You can be anywhere and come across a hwy 90.
  18. There's alot of new stiff going on aroundBeltway 8 and Crosby Freeway. I drove by a few monts ago and saw apartments. I drove by again a few months later and saw houses. KB homes is building houses on the big vacant space at the HWY90 -Beltway 8 junction. I always thought they woudl be something cooler like a mall there. Anybody know what the junction plans are? They gonna beuild a mall or office complexes or just build houses?
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