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  1. https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/houston/072622.html?fbclid=IwAR3ivAMnO24msSi1KLOH91bSzdS2tlL7EEZqpf_CPlTbdtYtgXRQgG3fHK4 First Ward residents are concerned of the increased noise this would have on their area.
  2. https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/transportation-planning/utp.html
  3. TXDot has provided additions to the HGAC 2045 document. Some of them are quite significant. Its worth looking at the full list, some of these are projected prior to 2030, though they run the entire range out to 2045. The full list can be found HERE. Note, I believe that they are missing a 3rd page from the summary (ie, the first two pages should have a third one). However, the county-level list looks complete. A few of the notable changes: Replace 610 bridge over the ship channel Replace I-10 bridge over San Jo Add 2 I-10 managed lanes 610W to San Jo bridge Elevated lanes through Uptown on 610 (missing from the summary, but included in the Harris County list) Something on Hempstead (I can't unpack what they are really proposing for that corridor) Lengthening the proposed highway 35 corridor out to/past beltway 8 Expand highway 99 from I-10(west) to Kuykendahl New divided highway corridor west of highway 99 from 290 south past 59
  4. TxDOT creating new Highway 290 HOV lane for reverse commuters
  5. I just posted online a comprehensive listing of my concerns about TxDOT's plan. http://houstonfreeways.com/analysis I would certainly be interested in getting any feedback for errors in my analysis, or issues I missed. Of course, some of these issues are matters of opinion, but many are serious and need to be looked at by TxDOT. I'm going to submit the final list (pending any changes based on feedback) as public comment.
  6. Per MaxConcrete's thread on aaroads.com, TxDOT is beginning the process to expand a 90 mile 2 x 2 lane section of I-45 between Houston and Dallas to 3 x 3 lanes, ultimately bringing I-45 to a minimum of 3 lanes each way along its entirely from Galveston to Dallas. Work will take place in the Bryan District through Walker, Madison, Leon, and Freestone Counties where it'll link up to already completed 3 x 3 sections in Walker and Navarro Counties. https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=26968.0 So it looks like many portions of I-45 will be in a state of extensive reconstruction through the 2020s and part of the 2030s including the current expansion in Galveston County and the North Houston Highway Improvement Project. Hopefully that high speed train will be operation by then so people can have an alternative to the construction zones on the way to Dallas and back. I guess we couldn't let I-35 between DFW and San Antonio have all the fun huh?
  7. I heard a report at last nights Neartown/ Montrose meeting that Txdot will build a bike lane along south side of 59 as reconstruction begins. Another plus — 527 will be lowered to connect with Lowered 59 but none of the bridges will be impacted. All those bridges will stay “as is”
  8. The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded a design-build contract to Grand Parkway Infrastructure for construction of Grand Parkway segments H, I-1 and I-2, according to a March 28 statement from TxDOT. Construction of the tollway is slated to begin in early 2018, with lanes opening to traffic in 2022. “Development of the Grand Parkway is an important priority for the Houston area and the state of Texas,” TxDOT Houston District Engineer Quincy Allen said in a statement. “Constructing this outer loop system provides motorists more direct travel options for the movement of goods, people and services to, through and around […] The post TxDOT: Grand Parkway segments H, I-1 and I-2 to break ground in early 2018 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  9. More than 80 percent of Texas voters approved a proposition in November 2015 to allocate $5 billion in sales tax funds to the Texas Department of Transportation starting in the 2018-19 biennium. But Texas lawmakers may now use a little-publicized backout option to help fill an estimated multi-billion state revenue shortfall. Roughly 1.2 million Texans voted yes on a proposition to supply the State Highway Fund with $2.5 billion per fiscal year beginning in fiscal year 2018 as long as the state collects more than $28 billion in sales tax. If state motor vehicle sales and rental tax revenue exceeds $5 […] The post Texas lawmakers might reverse voter-approved $5 billion allocation to TxDOT appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  10. I couldn't find an actual topic on SH 249 (Tomball parkway) and its expansion up to ~ Navasota. So here's some background for anyone interested: HCTRA expanded SH249 to Tomball as Phase 1 of a multi-phase extension of SH249. This was completed and opened in 2015. https://hctra.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=527d9322e2244039b0bc3e93fe2c4fc1 The plan is for SH249 to ultimately terminate at SH 105 roughly close to Navasota, hence the nickname the "Aggie Tollway" or "Aggie Highway". This extension seems to be broken up between the Houston TxDOT office and the Bryan TxDOT office. The Houston office is over the section from the current terminus to Todd's Mission. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh249-extension.html The Bryan office is over the section from Todd's Mission to ~ Navasota... well actually SH 105 east of Navasota and west of Plantersville / Stoneham. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/bryan/sh249.html However, it seems as if there is "significant" local opposition to the last segment of the project from Todd's Mission to SH 105: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Texas-249-growth-proceeding-despite-vocal-6234179.php http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2015/05/01/59957/txdot-to-move-ahead-with-249-toll-road-despite-local-opposition-2/ https://communityimpact.com/houston/news/2015/12/11/txdot-holds-public-meeting-on-updated-hwy-249-extension-plan/ Here are two more recent articles as well: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/03/grimes-county-residents-turn-out-against-toll-road/ https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/21/rural-land-owner-preps-sue-state-transportation-de/
  11. Does anyone have any clue as to what the deal is with our highway advisory radio system station on 1680 AM? For several months now, it has been "advising" motorists that the SB Eastex Freeway @ I-10 East exit ramp is closed due to a stalled 18 wheeler. What on earth is this thing even on the air for if nobody bothers to update the programming? Even now, as numerous streets and intersections are flooded all throughout the City, there sits our local TxDOT system carrying on with the same report that it's been airing for months on end. Why? Is there a reason why this system even exists, other than to waste a few hundred watts of electricity? Has anyone else even noticed?
  12. "SH 99/ Grand Parkway Segment E: A Time to Stop and Celebrate Success" I'm doing this from my phone so I don't know how do embed.
  13. The article incorrectly states that there is no connection from I-45 south to I-610 east and there are no plans to build a connection. Maybe there's no plans to build a connection because a connection from I-45 south to I-610 east has existed since the late 70s? http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Ramps-planned-to-ease-I-45-and-I-610-southern-4879771.php?cmpid=btfpm
  14. There is a public meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday, January 6) at 6:30pm at Stevenson Elementary (5410 Cornish) to discuss the changes planned for I-10. This seems like a good opportunity for people to get out and voice support/opportunity for the proposed changes. One topic I am really interested in is the proposed retaining wall that would be used to keep White Oak Bayou from spilling on to I-10 and how that will affect houses in the immediate area.
  15. http://www.chron.com/default/article/Grand-Parkway-project-uncovers-prehistoric-remains-3738699.php wondering where these "finds" go for display--
  16. Back in November, TxDOT released some reports from the I-69 Corridor Segment Committees. Houston lies in segments 2 and 3, and one of the recommendations from the segment 2 and 3 committees is to immediately resign US 59 from Rosenberg to Cleveland as I-69. I-69 Corridor Segment Committees Main Page http://www.txdot.gov/public_involvement/committees/i69/default.htm Segment 2 Report ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/pub_inv/committees/i69/seg2_report.pdf Segment 3 Report ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/pub_inv/committees/i69/segd_report.pdf
  17. TXDoT completed its first study regarding a proposed passenger train that will run from Houston to Austin. The 110 mph train would have 4 or 5 proposed stops including Elgin, Giddings, Brenham and Hempstead. The rail line would make two to four round trips daily, connecting in Austin from the MetroRail Red Line and potentially meeting up with commuter rails in Hempstead and Bryan, located near College Station. Trains would be composed of one locomotive, three passenger cars that can seat 70-80 people and a dining and lounge car.
  18. I thought I remembered a thread on Texas high-speed rail but I couldn't find it so I just made a new one. Feel free to place this into the proper place if there's already an existing thread. http://www.chron.com...an/7557609.html
  19. The title/description of the thread is the substance of the is the question. If the answer isn't the one I was looking for, what if I were tied off to the vehicle rather than the bridge? The reason I ask is: Some bridges over rivers or streams do not provide for access to the riverbank, whether because the adjacent right of way is too steep, too muddy, or overgrown. This can be a thorn in my side for planning kayaking trips, and I think that this would be a fun and creative way to overcome the challenge. To clarify: I'm not talking about rappelling from an interstate or other highly-visible bridge with a high traffic volume, or about rappelling from the upstream side of the bridge or into hazardous waters. That would be kind of dumb, I think. Also, I would get an assist from the person who drove me out there.
  20. It appears that only I, the roadgeek, would think of this question. I've noticed that on US 59 north of downtown Houston, Cleveland is given as a control city on the big green signs. Here's an example. I thought this was unusual since other road signs on other area freeways list control cities which are further away and/or larger than Cleveland such as Beaumont, Dallas, Austin, Victoria and San Antonio. It seems like either Lufkin or Texarkana would have been a control city on the signs for US 59 North in Houston given their populations and distance from Houston. Plus, US 59 South signs in Texarkana and Lufkin show Houston and not Cleveland as their control city. (See US 59 sign in Texarkana HERE and US 59 sign in Lufkin HERE to see what I mean.) So my question is, how are control cities determined? Is there some sort of set criteria?
  21. I noticed the signs going up Wednesday. http://apps.dot.state.tx.us/apps/project_t...mp;dist=Houston Traffic's gonna be a bear in the morning, they've got the feeder road at that location down to one lane.
  22. I-10 out in rural Austin and Waller Counties seems like the last place where toll lanes would be built. In the past, I heard that the Westpark Tollway is supposed to tie into I-10 near Brookshire. Maybe this has something to do with that? http://www.txdot.gov/project_information/projects/houston/ih10_waller_county.htm
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