Jump to content

Recommended Posts

10 hours ago, august948 said:

 

Judging from traffic and random visits to stores around town it seems like crowds are getting somewhat back to normal.  And everyone I see is wearing a mask.  Who are all these maskless people I hear politicians constantly complaining about?

The only maskless person I saw on my Monday afternoon run to the Galleria was a guy working at some sort of fresh fruit cutting stand

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 373
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Memorial Park expansion by Marc longoria, on Flickr   Memorial Park expansion by Marc longoria, on Flickr   Memorial Park expansion by Marc longoria, on Flickr  

Eastern Glades was open to the public today.  It was kind of empty of people because it was raining, but I would imagine this will attract quite a crowd when the weather starts getting cooler.   Very

I biked through the park today and noticed that they have begun installing the pre-fabricated sections of the tunnel.  I think this is the east tunnel (the one closer to downtown). It is much bigger t

Posted Images

i still to this day don't understand that fresh fruit/vegetable cutting kiosk!!! they must waste enough to feed a dang village on a daily basis!!! 😵🍐🥦🥕

and yes the galleria has been unbelievably slow...until November when things picked up to pretty much back to normal for the most part.

 

(and haha..i have yet to see one of those youtube worthy freakout sessions about masks in person yet as well! i keep waiting but nope, nuthin' 🙃 )

Edited by gene
  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

quite a few new tidbits in the article below...

but the main item is that while the land bridge project wont be finished until 2022...the tunnels will be open a year from now fall 2021! (so i guess landscaping etc will be later...)

then also, the food truck park Live Oak Court in Eastern Glades is up and going on the weekends now!

 

https://www.houstoniamag.com/travel-and-outdoors/2020/12/memorial-park-construction-news-december-2020

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
  • 3 weeks later...

you know when i ride my bike by i would keep thinking...wow these don't seem as long or as far apart as i remembered and i am right going from this previously posted artist rendering...i wonder why the change

 

vek6b0L.jpg

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

different directions/perspectives as well.

 

old rendering is looking west to east. new rendering is east to west.

there are 2 land bridges. it looks like on the eastern most land bridge, that the westbound and eastbound tunnels remain close. on the western most land bridge, it looks like the eastern tunnel entrance for the east/west traffic is close, but on the west side of that bridge, the eastbound and westbound tunnels flare out.

 

it's exciting to see it unfold!

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah i like the flare out thingy! I hope that is added to all directions! thanks for posting that new update...i had just grabbed the last one posted! 

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

There is a good chance they get dirt from TXDOT or other major road construction projects. Dirt from construction projects goes all over. In MoCo it has been used to backfill old sand pits, in the Pasadena/Clear Lake area, HPP will take it and backfill land for future development, and other parts of town take it to just raise land above floodplain levels prior to new construction. 

  • Like 5
Link to post
Share on other sites

There is already decent size mound that has been sitting just north of the construction site (across Memorial Drive and the walking trail) that I think was saved from the reconstruction of the golf course. 

Edited by JJxvi
  • Like 5
Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Sunstar said:

I just realized that this will become Houston’s premiere snow sledding slope 😊

That would be awesome!  We just need the city to buy some of these and we're in business...

slider-snownews-2020.jpg

  • Like 4
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

that mound looks like it's about 10% of the dirt needs for this project

It definitely doesnt look like its enough for the whole thing, but I bet its more than 10%.  It looks like there are a fairly good amount of embankment dirt being built up on the site, just because the reconstruction of Memorial Dr even way beyond where the hills begin look like its several feet lower than the current roadway/original elevation.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

this project already had me excited but after reading about all the little animals being safer now that makes me extra happy haha! 🦝🐇🐿️🦔🦨🦄🐤🦢🦎🐍🐸🐌🐛🐞🐒🦗

(yes that little menagerie took hours to post if not minutes...you're welcome 🤪 )

On 12/12/2020 at 3:24 PM, zaphod said:

I wonder if the tunnel will have lighting inside of it

i would say most definitely...safety reasons for one!

 

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 1
  • Haha 2
  • Sad 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

haha to all the people above Beernut's post! 🤪

and dang, that article...i figured there would be 2 sides to this project but i am excited to see it come to fruition...

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

did they finally put in the middle portion of each tunnel? in my head they are leaving the middle for last to keep sufficient light in the tunnels while working before placing the middle portion...

as of sunday on my FIVE hour bike ride (  🤪 ) the middle portions were still missing to connect the tunnels (ps...yes i am sunburned)

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, gene said:

did they finally put in the middle portion of each tunnel? in my head they are leaving the middle for last to keep sufficient light in the tunnels while working before placing the middle portion...

as of sunday on my FIVE hour bike ride (  🤪 ) the middle portions were still missing to connect the tunnels (ps...yes i am sunburned)

Unsure what you mean. The middle portion will remain open to allow what I think is a small creek in between the two hills? That is indeed a question. Either way, all the renderings show it as being open.

 

When it comes to animals, glad they get this land bridge too. I see my armadillo buddy there late at night when I go running. Unsure if it's the same one but I always see him right next to the track near Memorial and am always worried he's going to go into the street. Joggers surprisingly walk right past him sometimes and don't even notice he is there. I still remember laughing so hard when a group of young women didn't notice him there and they all literally jumped in the air screaming right when he was next to their feet. 🤣

  • Like 1
  • Haha 6
Link to post
Share on other sites

OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In my head i was picturing it to be just one tunnel but yeah i just scrolled up to the top here to say oh yeah! it is a 2 part tunnel!!! doh! sorry for the confusion and thanks for clearing that up! Now we just need the flared opening on each end then i guess? 

 

and haha in the picnic loop there is a little baby armadillo that i catch playing near the side of the road periodically! i have never seen it's parents so maybe you can ask your buddy if they have a missing child!!!  🤪

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

From Reddit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNG39Nqp8kv/

The second picture really shows how huge this is going to be. Immediately will jump towards the top of "if you're in Houston, you must go see/do X" type lists. If the Eastern glades is any indication (its awesome), I have no doubt this is going to be spectacular. The views alone will make it worth it.

Edited by X.R.
  • Like 7
Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes great photos! 

so between those 2 sets of tunnels that is a deep dig going on...so that is going to be water with a bridge(s) over it then? 

 

Edited by gene
Link to post
Share on other sites
16 minutes ago, gene said:

Yes great photos! 

so between those 2 bridges that is a deep dig going on...so that is going to be water with a bridge(s) over it then? 

 

Just from looking at the Master Plan, I'm pretty sure that is not the case.  

Maybe the digging is for drainage?

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

The people standing in that pic gives it great perspective. Also, I thought for something of this size it would take years, but they are MOVING. If the endcaps are already on site as they said on reddit, the slowdown in traffic must be helping this along, right?

A person working on the project on reddit said they've already brought in the end caps and someone else mentioned "Yeah our company installed the arches we finished the longer sections last week so it’s these two that are 280’ long and I think the longer sections are 420’ long"

I checked memorial's page about this, I didn't see actual mention of the length of the tunnels, but that is massive. Just short of the length of two football fields. And yeah, that digging is for the creek that @Tritonmentioned: land06.jpg

Edited by X.R.
  • Like 7
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, jmitch94 said:

One reason it’s going so fast is that the Kinders gave a $70 million donation specifically to speed up the development.  

hopefully the people who get worked super hard at Kinder Morgan can sleep better at night knowing their hard work is helping the Kinder's philanthropize. 

not to be taken the wrong way, I'm glad they're giving to the community, but I've known too many people that work for KM and the message from them is always pretty consistent about the culture there. I always try to remember that when I see them giving so much.

Edited by samagon
  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
23 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

Just from looking at the Master Plan, I'm pretty sure that is not the case.  

Maybe the digging is for drainage?

It's for drainage.

The one theory I have for why they split the tunnels into two is that federal regulation probably has some rules when it comes to tunnel length and the requirement to build a ventilation system to take out vehicle exhaust. The price tag probably would have risen substantially if they made one long tunnel with those requirements as opposed to two smaller tunnels. On top of that, you probably also would have been required to build emergency exits every-so-often. Again, that's just a theory I have.

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...



×
×
  • Create New...