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On 6/2/2021 at 1:29 AM, Triton said:

Is there a biking lane on this or is that just a large shoulder?

Large shoulder. I used to do a group ride on it heading southbound and this shoulder is much wider then before.

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16 hours ago, hindesky said:

Large shoulder. I used to do a group ride on it heading southbound and this shoulder is much wider then before.

But people are driving 50 mph next to you or is there going to be a concrete barrier?

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20 minutes ago, Triton said:

But people are driving 50 mph next to you or is there going to be a concrete barrier?

It was an early 7am start from Sun and Ski on Westheimer that was on Sunday, not much traffic around there when we rode it.

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  • Highrise Tower changed the title to Elysian Viaduct Replacement

Lights are working on the southern end of the Elysian at Commerce St. There is still a small section of the bridge that they haven't striped, not sure why. I always ride the southbound lane so I can take picks of McKee, the UG Warehouse and the Alliance Prose at Hardy Yards.

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I have a friend with a longstanding tradition of circumnavigating 610 in its entirety whenever he buys a new car. Perhaps the sportbike crowd could properly inaugurate the new Elysian Viaduct by pulling wheelies across its entire span.  In a relatively discreet manner, of course. 

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I wonder how/if the police will patrol it - the old bridge was so narrow they didn't have any place to park to zap you with radar...I think there is one area on the new bridge that looks like a stub for a future connection, maybe they can "hide" there...

I'll be taking my inaugural drive in less than an hour !

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Note to self, borrow friend's high end Tesla and see if I can beat my speed record on the old viaduct. That was 30+ years ago, and was <redacted> mph.😁

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On 7/17/2021 at 10:52 PM, zaphod said:

Instead of doing that I-45 widening project, just extend the Hardy. It would displace fewer people. Though I don't know if would impact more people with car exhaust pollution.

Those are two completely different projects being done by two completely different agencies, and both were supposed to be done together. One is being held up by politicians looking for their 15 minutes and the other is, as far as I know, on hold.

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So i'm relatively young and grew up on the south side of Houston. Never had any friends on the north side of DT, most of them were like exit 52 or higher. Are y'all telling me the only way to go the area north of downtown other than 45 was via this viaduct...and its been closed for 4 years? No other streets went up that way? Is this why I always took the highway to Saint Arnolds?

If this is true, my mind will be blown for the day.

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1 hour ago, X.R. said:

So i'm relatively young and grew up on the south side of Houston. Never had any friends on the north side of DT, most of them were like exit 52 or higher. Are y'all telling me the only way to go the area north of downtown other than 45 was via this viaduct...and its been closed for 4 years? No other streets went up that way? Is this why I always took the highway to Saint Arnolds?

If this is true, my mind will be blown for the day.

not really, if you want to get to SA there's enough connections from DT without needing the freeways. Main or San Jacinto get you to Rothwell street, which gets you to Hardy, and that gets you across i10.

if you're on the east side of DT, Chenevert gets you to Runnels which gets you to McKee, which splits into Hardy NB, and that gets you across i10.

in either scenario, you are on Hardy and turn right on Lyons, and you are there.

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19 hours ago, Triton said:

This feels way too dangerous to bike down.

I rode both sides on Sunday morning around 9am, I had 1 car pass me. The shoulder is as wide as a lane and the speed limit is 40mph. I will continue to ride it early on weekends.

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So ya'll don't see this as near highway speed traffic, huh? Interesting. I think it will get even more dangerous once they do make the Hardy Toll Road connection.

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6 hours ago, Triton said:

So ya'll don't see this as near highway speed traffic, huh? Interesting. I think it will get even more dangerous once they do make the Hardy Toll Road connection.

Yeah, at that point it might be unrideable but I don't think the Hardy connection is going to happen anytime soon.

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On 7/20/2021 at 8:41 PM, hindesky said:

I rode both sides on Sunday morning around 9am, I had 1 car pass me. The shoulder is as wide as a lane and the speed limit is 40mph. I will continue to ride it early on weekends.

Since when do Houstonians drive the speed limit? 😄

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I know you guys were joking, but whatever the speed limit, wide lanes, plus huge shoulders encourage fast driving.

it's unfortunate that this is a thing, and it's even more unfortunate that this was not built to comfortably and safely accommodate more than just cars.

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1 hour ago, samagon said:

I know you guys were joking, but whatever the speed limit, wide lanes, plus huge shoulders encourage fast driving.

it's unfortunate that this is a thing, and it's even more unfortunate that this was not built to comfortably and safely accommodate more than just cars.

TxDoT still thinks like this...

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2 hours ago, samagon said:

I know you guys were joking, but whatever the speed limit, wide lanes, plus huge shoulders encourage fast driving.

it's unfortunate that this is a thing, and it's even more unfortunate that this was not built to comfortably and safely accommodate more than just cars.

I was being serious. Instead of highway sized shoulders, they should added a barrier and have bike lanes on both sides. But based on what the city has done, they clearly aren't encouraging that. It's obvious they would rather you take the Hardy St. bike lanes on the ground.

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3 minutes ago, Triton said:

I was being serious. Instead of highway sized shoulders, they should added a barrier and have bike lanes on both sides. But based on what the city has done, they clearly aren't encouraging that. It's obvious they would rather you take the Hardy St. bike lanes on the ground.

sorry that wasn't @ you, just the two comments prior to mine. 

it's too bad they want to force this to be only used by single occupant vehicles, despite alternatives being available.

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3 hours ago, samagon said:

I know you guys were joking, but whatever the speed limit, wide lanes, plus huge shoulders encourage fast driving.

it's unfortunate that this is a thing, and it's even more unfortunate that this was not built to comfortably and safely accommodate more than just cars.

This is literally supposed to be part of the Hardy tollway aka a freeway lol...

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5 hours ago, samagon said:

I didn't know that, thanks for the info, when does that project start?

When Harris County considers it a priority. Judging by who the current county judge is, I doubt that will happen for years.

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