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1 hour ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

FYI: The Gulf/Ace Hardware is getting ready to close in preparation of the new ramp. Employees don't know when the closure is happening, just that it'll be "any day". Everything in the Ace  Hardware portion of the store is 25% off.

I visited sometime late last year, no pics, but I got to see it at least!

 

 

1 hour ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

Not necessarily. The schematics I've seen for the project don't show the mainlanes being rebuilt. The mainlanes may be a mess in some places where they have to shift the traffic to make room for construction of the toll lanes. Once they're done with the project, most of those mainlanes will be restriped to their original condition or possibly given an asphalt overlay. 

I don't know, in Pearland they had the ramps all torn up and even started to take down part of the outside retaining wall.

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11 hours ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

FYI: The Gulf/Ace Hardware is getting ready to close in preparation of the new ramp. Employees don't know when the closure is happening, just that it'll be "any day". Everything in the Ace  Hardware portion of the store is 25% off.

Of course they would have a everything must go sale right after I bought hardware

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Don't want to sound like a concrete junkie, but those long concrete highway blocks are beautiful.  Drove on 610 & 288 this morning.

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Does anyone know if they will be putting feeder road along 288 between 610 and the beltway? I see dirt being moved along the side of the freeway, but there is no clear indication from the renderings (drive288.com is seriously lacking imo). There is definitely enough room and would help with congestion I think. 

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3 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

Drove on the new ramp today. You can clearly see both the TMC and CBD skylines. Must be up really high!

You can see the 610 ship channel bridge from the ramp from 610 EB to 288 NB. You couldn't see it before on the older ramp. These new ramps are pretty high, but since the interchange is a four level stack, the ramp is not as high as some of the ramps on the Beltway's five level stacks. I also like the geometrics of the new ramp. 

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9 hours ago, kennyc05 said:

Why didn't they keep the old interchange?

To accommodate the relocated mainlanes and add connections to and from the new toll lanes. They're also throwing in a direct connector to Almeda Rd.

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10 hours ago, JLWM8609 said:

To accommodate the relocated mainlanes and add connections to and from the new toll lanes. They're also throwing in a direct connector to Almeda Rd.

Oh ok thanks!

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What's that large orange machine located at 610 & 288? Probably to pull up the concrete freeway sections? Believe it’s named TNT

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They're closing the trench in midtown this weekend, though no clues in the email for what

 

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Friday, October 19 (9 pm) - Monday, October 22 (5 am)
- Complete continuous closure of IH-69 Southbound from IH-45 Gulf to SH-288
Detour: Proceed on SH-288 South to  IH-610 west and continue to IH- 69 north and south connectors.
- Complete continuous closure of IH-45 Northbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Proceed on IH-45 North to IH-610 IH-610 west/south to IH-69 north and south connector.
- Complete continuous closure of IH-45 Southbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Proceed on IH-45 South to IH-610 west to IH-69 north and south connector.
- Complete continuous closure of SH-288 Northbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Take IH-45 north connector and continue north to IH-10 west to IH-610 west loop south exit ramp. Continue on IH-610 south to IH-69 north and south connector

 

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Got on 288 north from the South Loop.  As I climbed the ramp, was stunned at the skyline view. Has anyone photographed Houston from this angle? A restaurant or night club in a mid to highrise at this location would have a magnificent view of the Houston skyline.

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One of our drone operators needs to take a video from this angled height. It's remarkable because not only do you see downtown and the med center, but you also get Galleria/Uptown and Greenway Plaza in the view. It's an amazing angle and height for a better informed understanding of how Houston is slowly filling in from all directions.

 

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The new in bound off ramp at Holcombe  for the med center on 288 that is under construction now is going to have a spectacular view of downtown. Since it's going over the freeway it has a nice elevation to give an  unencumbered view of downtown from the southeast and  a relatively clear shot. 

 

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https://abc13.com/traffic/new-ramps-and-southmore-bridge-opening-this-spring/5136050/

 

CONNECTOR RAMPS:

SH-288 SOUTHBOUND TO 610 EASTBOUND- Construction crews plan to open this ramp before the Rodeo Cookoff.

SH-288 NORTHBOUND TO 610 WESTBOUND- This ramp is scheduled to open by mid-March.

THE SOUTHMORE BRIDGE- The roadway bridge is expected to open in April, and the pedestrian bridge should open next year.

THE SOUTH LOOP AT SH-288- You'll soon see more lanes available. Right now, it's just two lanes in each direction, but by mid-to-late April, 610 will have three lanes each way.

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3 hours ago, BeerNut said:

https://abc13.com/traffic/new-ramps-and-southmore-bridge-opening-this-spring/5136050/

 

CONNECTOR RAMPS:

SH-288 SOUTHBOUND TO 610 EASTBOUND- Construction crews plan to open this ramp before the Rodeo Cookoff.

SH-288 NORTHBOUND TO 610 WESTBOUND- This ramp is scheduled to open by mid-March.

THE SOUTHMORE BRIDGE- The roadway bridge is expected to open in April, and the pedestrian bridge should open next year.

THE SOUTH LOOP AT SH-288- You'll soon see more lanes available. Right now, it's just two lanes in each direction, but by mid-to-late April, 610 will have three lanes each way.

 

I didn't know they were constructing a pedestrian bridge. I never saw one in the schematics.

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A sound barrier is going up at Ardmore and Tampa, and as of last week, they've started re-energizing some of the freeway lighting, with more sections being re-lit each night. Most of the lampposts have new LED lights, which I'm glad to see instead of removing the lampposts and slapping high mast lighting as they've done on almost every other freeway in town.

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On 3/1/2019 at 6:37 PM, BeerNut said:

Southmore Bridge design

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Wow! That's nice. Are there other angles of this rendering available? 

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This looks incredible. I am not sure we could of asked for better.

 

I hope they do the green space just like they have it here or better. I always liked 288 because of the green. They removed all the trees for the project, and I really want some plantings to replace them.

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I HATE Toll Roads. (Just in case I haven't mentioned that enough on this site.)

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Like @ekdrm2d1 posted, they have the pillars up for the Southermore bridge, and they have been working on putting together the bridge since last week. They have been working at night though, like post 9pm, so I wasn't able to get a picture of them in action since I've always been on the feeder. They are about a third of the way through connecting the pillars with the bridge, seems like they are really getting after it. 

 

This would be a massive addition for both sides of that neighborhood. Currently, you have to walk across the skinny median on Binz if you want to cross in either direction. Also, there are a few newer stores on Southmore (like Cupcake Kitchen) that will probably appreciate the increased traffic. 

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Southmore bridge has the middle portion of the bridge linked from one side to the other side (car portion). They are working on installing the outer lanes of the bridge right now (walkway). They've also torn up half the feeder on both sides, taking away one of the two lanes, to install the support and started to bring in plants that they are trying to...plant. 

 

For now, it seems like they aren't forgetting that 288 has always had trees/plants along the highway.

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There is a 288 O&M facility building being built.  Address is 3207 Raleigh Street.

 

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