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20 hours ago, samagon said:

 

oh no, it only reinforces what COH already states, and we should focus where COH focuses, which are on the major thoroughfares and collectors. do you think they just picked those roads for that designation because they had a hat with 14 street names and picked the first 4 they removed from the hat?

 

if spur 527 were to be reconfigured and Westheimer had to be closed, would Avondale be a suitable replacement? I suspect you ignored that because you know the answer is what I already said. no. so why is it when Polk is going to be shut down that suddenly all these other roads are acceptable?

 

Except you cherry-picked from the COH's list of major thoroughfares and collectors, presumably so that the minor Polk Street detour inconvenience is elevated in importance. No, I don't think they picked these streets from a hat.  That's why I listed all of them, not just a cherry-picked list.  Further, you continue to ignore the fact that none of them, including Polk Street, are so designated by the COH after they reach the freeway. I suspect this is because once it gets downtown, all traffic is dispersed and handled by the grid (all streets).

 

I didn't respond to the Westheimer/527 hypothetical, because there is so little in common as to be a complete waste of time, but since you insist:  (1) Westheimer/Elgin is a major thoroughfare THROUGH the hypothetical intersection with Spur 527. In comparison, Polk Street designation as major thoroughfare terminates at I-69. The detoured portion and the portion inside the CBD are not so designated. (2) That section of Westheimer/Elgin carries more than 5 times as much traffic as the subject section of Polk Street. (3) It should be obvious why "all these other roads" are acceptable in the case of Polk Street, while Avondale would not be acceptable for Westheimer: Your hypothetical detour route on Avondale is largely residential while the proposed Polk Street detour will be purpose-built roadway with zero negative impact on a neighborhood and "all these other streets" are commercial streets serving the same purpose as Polk Street (again, NONE, not even Polk Street, are designated as major thoroughfares or collector streets after they reach the freeway (coming from the East).

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There are a couple of other impediments to getting dispersed and handled by the rest of the grid:  To the west, the GRB blocks Lamar, McKinney, and Walker, the baseball stadium blocks Preston, Runnels ends at Elysian, and the first clear route south from MMP on is LaBranch.  East of the freeway, BBVA blocks Capitol and Rusk.  So, yeah... Polk is kinda handy.

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4 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Except you cherry-picked from the COH's list of major thoroughfares and collectors, presumably so that the minor Polk Street detour inconvenience is elevated in importance. No, I don't think they picked these streets from a hat.  That's why I listed all of them, not just a cherry-picked list.  Further, you continue to ignore the fact that none of them, including Polk Street, are so designated by the COH after they reach the freeway. I suspect this is because once it gets downtown, all traffic is dispersed and handled by the grid (all streets).

 

I didn't respond to the Westheimer/527 hypothetical, because there is so little in common as to be a complete waste of time, but since you insist:  (1) Westheimer/Elgin is a major thoroughfare THROUGH the hypothetical intersection with Spur 527. In comparison, Polk Street designation as major thoroughfare terminates at I-69. The detoured portion and the portion inside the CBD are not so designated. (2) That section of Westheimer/Elgin carries more than 5 times as much traffic as the subject section of Polk Street. (3) It should be obvious why "all these other roads" are acceptable in the case of Polk Street, while Avondale would not be acceptable for Westheimer: Your hypothetical detour route on Avondale is largely residential while the proposed Polk Street detour will be purpose-built roadway with zero negative impact on a neighborhood and "all these other streets" are commercial streets serving the same purpose as Polk Street (again, NONE, not even Polk Street, are designated as major thoroughfares or collector streets after they reach the freeway (coming from the East).

 

that's kind of what I feel like responding is. but I'll try again, using different words to say the same thing, maybe it will help you understand my point?

 

every street referenced other than those that are major thoroughfares, or collectors are not maintained for the same levels of traffic, anyone that lives in the area will tell you that. 

 

right now, as you pointed out, there are 14 ways to cross between east end and downtown. 

right now (and anyone who lives in the area will agree), there are 5 USEFUL ways to cross between east end and downtown. conveniently enough, they are the streets that COH has designated as major thoroughfares/collectors.

 

future state, as you pointed out, there will be 15 ways to cross between east end and downtown. 

future state, (and anyone who lives in the are will agree), there will be 3.5 USEFUL (Leeland will be a one way crossing) ways to cross between east end and downtown.

 

It is completely lost on me when someone says the area will be better connected because they have more crossings. 15 instead of 14 is a talking point that bears no reference to reality. fact of the matter is, they could reduce the overall number of connections, so long as they maintain, or increase the amount of USEFUL connections, which they have not done.

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4 minutes ago, samagon said:

Leeland will be a one way crossing

 

See, here's a place where it would be useful to work with CoH (since they control how the streets are managed) rather than try to torpedo the project altogether. Not only do current plans have Leeland as two way across the highway, it wouldn't be too difficult to restripe it downtown for two-way traffic altogether, as a complete street with biking and parking facilities. I think there are many in planning who would be amenable to that kind of suggestion, instead of just digging in your heels.

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59 minutes ago, ADCS said:

 

See, here's a place where it would be useful to work with CoH (since they control how the streets are managed) rather than try to torpedo the project altogether. Not only do current plans have Leeland as two way across the highway, it wouldn't be too difficult to restripe it downtown for two-way traffic altogether, as a complete street with biking and parking facilities. I think there are many in planning who would be amenable to that kind of suggestion, instead of just digging in your heels.

 

do I want to see the project not happen at all:

- only if they don't improve local connectivity

 

would I be happy with the project if it were changed to improve local connectivity:

 - not entirely, but as has been discussed, alternative transit options just aren't available in our state, so for all intent and purpose, sure, I'd be happy enough.

 

there are some other fundamental problems I have with it, for instance, Clayton homes. I think TXDOT should be on the hook for building an equal amount of replacement low income housing. with the same closeness to downtown.

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16 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

With all the usefulness of a wet fart in a spacesuit.

 

that's not fair, because on this diagram, it does show usefulness, you can turn left on Hamilton and then right on Pease. it will not be as convenient for local traffic as going straight on Bell is now, but it will be better than nothing.

 

so yes, more useful than a wet fart in a spacesuit. 

 

so we're from 70% to 80% retention in connectivity. yay.

 

also, I do apologize, my intent was not to provide misinformation, from the view I was looking at on this PDF http://www.ih45northandmore.com/docs11/10_NHHIP_Seg3_Overview_Layout_PH_1-1.pdf I wasn't zoomed in far enough on it to see arrows, all I saw was no direct way to get from Leeland to Bell, so I assumed that Leeland didn't offer a East to West connection.

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relevant story is relevant...

https://jalopnik.com/hey-knuckleheads-want-to-pollute-less-stop-treating-1838262546

 

I would like to point out that this article is posted to an automotive enthusiast site, and it has references to very real published studies about induced demand.

 

so it's not like this is some crackpot left wing climate change site, or some mass transit lovers site, it's car people.

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So, this is just an information question... Will the trenched portion of 45/59 that will run between downtown and EaDo actually be wider than the current trenched portion of 59/288 that runs between Midtown and 3rd Ward?

 

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23 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

So, this is just an information question... Will the trenched portion of 45/59 that will run between downtown and EaDo actually be wider than the current trenched portion of 59/288 that runs between Midtown and 3rd Ward?

 

Yes, why else would they move 45 if it didn't also include more lanes?

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4 minutes ago, Toopicky said:

Yes, why else would they move 45 if it didn't also include more lanes?

 

I was not comparing I-45 before and after.

 

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On 9/20/2019 at 2:56 PM, Naviguessor said:

^^ Better place to put the water than in the surrounding homes and businesses. 

 

the area that would benefit from a trenched freeway has excellent drainage.

 

except for some street flooding, no parts of the area were affected either during last weeks event, or Harvey. I live in the area and there was no evidence (gutted homes/businesses) of buildings being flooded. 

 

so this really isn't a thing.

 

if a partial goal of this was to give flood waters somewhere to go, maybe all the freeways should be trenched west of downtown to provide some relief for the theater district downtown? that area floods if someone sneezes.

 

On 9/20/2019 at 3:43 PM, H-Town Man said:

So, this is just an information question... Will the trenched portion of 45/59 that will run between downtown and EaDo actually be wider than the current trenched portion of 59/288 that runs between Midtown and 3rd Ward?

 

 

the schematic has 2 cutaway points, at one it shows the trenched area to be 480', in another it's 360'.

 

the entire txdot ROW is going to be between 720' and 550'.

 

the existing 288/59 (including side streets) is 550'.

 

it's all in here: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/docs11/10_NHHIP_Seg3_Overview_Layout_PH_1-1.pdf

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1 hour ago, samagon said:

 

the schematic has 2 cutaway points, at one it shows the trenched area to be 480', in another it's 360'.

 

the entire txdot ROW is going to be between 720' and 550'.

 

the existing 288/59 (including side streets) is 550'.

 

it's all in here: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/docs11/10_NHHIP_Seg3_Overview_Layout_PH_1-1.pdf

 

It looks from the cross-section like part of the opening is covered over by streets and so the opening is only about 320' wide. Still it's crazy to think of something as wide as the 59/288 trench in Midtown going between downtown and Eado. I-75 in Midtown Atlanta is only about 215' wide and it is a pretty formidable barrier between Georgia Tech and Midtown. They will have to build at least some of the park cap... wish someone could get a cost estimate on that.

 

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1 minute ago, H-Town Man said:

 

It looks from the cross-section like part of the opening is covered over by streets and so the opening is only about 320' wide. Still it's crazy to think of something as wide as the 59/288 trench in Midtown going between downtown and Eado. I-75 in Midtown Atlanta is only about 215' wide and it is a pretty formidable barrier between Georgia Tech and Midtown. They will have to build at least some of the park cap... wish someone could get a cost estimate on that.

 

 

this is very true.

 

I mean, I guess a cost estimate is step 1, but I wish someone would commit to it being built.

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Think it would be pretty cool if the Astros/Dynamo would chip in to the cap fund in exchange for putting baseball and soccer fields on there.

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42 minutes ago, ADCS said:

Think it would be pretty cool if the Astros/Dynamo would chip in to the cap fund in exchange for putting baseball and soccer fields on there.

 

I'd be happy to see the Harris County Sports Authority be an entity that has to shovel some cash into it.

 

Sure, it's taxes, but it's taxes of everyone in Harris county, and everyone in Harris County are who is claimed to be the benefactors of this freeway being realigned/reconfigured, so why shouldn't we all pay to make the area surrounding it more better for local use?

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On 9/23/2019 at 12:29 PM, samagon said:

 

I'd be happy to see the Harris County Sports Authority be an entity that has to shovel some cash into it.

 

Sure, it's taxes, but it's taxes of everyone in Harris county, and everyone in Harris County are who is claimed to be the benefactors of this freeway being realigned/reconfigured, so why shouldn't we all pay to make the area surrounding it more better for local use?

 

Sounds satisfactory to me.

 

In keeping with my alignment to why TCR hasn't secured funding for the rest of project because it hasn't gotten over all the hops and barriers, this is the same situation. Plans aren't finalized, alignments aren't finalized, no official timeline on when to get started, and if you don't have any of those things than its going to be difficult to raise funds for accessories to this project. However, once the NHHIP has all these things completed and the aim is clear it will be much easier to ask for support knowing what the future lay of the land is. This goes right next to the GRB, Houston First, MMP, etc... Lots of incentives for these entities to fund the cap part of this project. They have every reason to do so. The GRB, not long ago, hired consultants to master plan further improvements to GRB with most of the improvements to come to the back side once this project is complete. The GRB is looking to take advantage of this opportunity. Houston First is right next to this, and as the leading authority on various ways to improve Houston will want to step in make something happen out of this. MMP will now have a potential front door park right next to their facility as well as new opportunities for land development. You bet they are going to invest. The soccer stadium will want to invest. The City will want to invest. I just don't see why nobody would. All that needs to happen is for this to be finalized and shovels ready, and the money will follow soon after that.

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