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I mean it's not as wide as some sidewalks downtown but it's def a nice wide sidewalk to encourage pedestrian activity. I also think having those shopping centers set back so far ruins the dynamic. If they were right up to the sidewalk I think we would be more than pleased. 

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43 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I mean it's not as wide as some sidewalks downtown but it's def a nice wide sidewalk to encourage pedestrian activity. I also think having those shopping centers set back so far ruins the dynamic. If they were right up to the sidewalk I think we would be more than pleased. 

 

That will happen eventually.  Post Oak started out as a suburban boulevard but has been slowly urbanizing, particularly in the last 20 years or so.

 

Matter of fact, looking at the size of that shopping center on a map, it wouldn't surprise me at all if it got redeveloped into a city centre type multi-use setup.  It's a huge piece of land in one of the busiest parts of Houston.

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There’s a freeway pillar on Westpark near S. Rice. That's apart of the 610 rebuild? Pretty far off from the main course.

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23 minutes ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

There’s a freeway pillar on Westpark near S. Rice. That's apart of the 610 rebuild? Pretty far off from the main course.

 

Might be part of the rebuild of the 69/610 intersection.

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Not just on Post Oak, either.  It's all over uptown wherever they have those light posts.  They glow blue at night and look really nice.

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On 11/16/2018 at 4:43 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

There’s a freeway pillar on Westpark near S. Rice. That's apart of the 610 rebuild? Pretty far off from the main course.

I think that’s the one I mentioned from my other post that looks like it will have a bridge deck perpendicular to Westpark but can’t be for the interchange rebuild and must be for the bus lanes

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I looked into that. There will be a “T” ramp built by Metro which will go from HOV lanes to the transit center to be built in Bellaire. 

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3 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

I looked into that. There will be a “T” ramp built by Metro which will go from HOV lanes to the transit center to be built in Bellaire. 

Is this in some schematic somewhere?

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It’s on the TXdot website for the I-69/I-610 interchange reconstruction project. 

Sorry that I don’t have the actual address to share right now. 

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The sheer number of people working on this every day is amazing right now.  There are teams on both sides and the middle down the entire 3 mile stretch.

 

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This bus looks weird, like a bendy bus and a light rail train got drunk at a transit stop one night

https://c-6rtwjumjzx7877x24x78x2emiszcx2ehtr.g00.chron.com/g00/3_c-6bbb.hmwts.htr_/c-6RTWJUMJZX77x24myyux78x3ax2fx2fx78.miszc.htrx2fumtytx78x2f27x2f97x2f19x2f60891404x2f8x2f6579c6579.oulx3fn65h.rfwpx3dnrflj_$/$/$/$/$/$/$/$

 

But excellent the boulevard will be done soon!

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 the buses at the center of the project will not start rolling for at least another year as officials grapple with roadblocks threatening to push the final route three years past its original completion date.

 

No! Why could that be?

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Of particular concern is the timing of work south of Richmond, where Post Oak morphs into the southbound Loop 610 frontage road and goes under I-69 before re-emerging at Westpark Drive. Referred to by transportation officials as the “portal” along with the underpass that carries northbound frontage traffic beneath the interchange, it is the critical link for Post Oak buses headed to the new Bellaire transit center.

Because the enormous interchange project — estimated to cost $259 million — was bid without specifics and incentives to keep the portal open to buses, Metro may need a workaround.

of course it wasn't bid to keep the brand new BRT open.  Cars take priority 

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3 hours ago, cspwal said:

This bus looks weird, like a bendy bus and a light rail train got drunk at a transit stop one night

https://c-6rtwjumjzx7877x24x78x2emiszcx2ehtr.g00.chron.com/g00/3_c-6bbb.hmwts.htr_/c-6RTWJUMJZX77x24myyux78x3ax2fx2fx78.miszc.htrx2fumtytx78x2f27x2f97x2f19x2f60891404x2f8x2f6579c6579.oulx3fn65h.rfwpx3dnrflj_$/$/$/$/$/$/$/$

 

But excellent the boulevard will be done soon!

 

No! Why could that be?

of course it wasn't bid to keep the brand new BRT open.  Cars take priority 

So honestly I'm a little confused as to what they mean by "portal." Which part of the route are the referring to?

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1 minute ago, cspwal said:

Where Post Oak Blvd goes under 59

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7285104,-95.4633383,17.25z

It's probably called "the portal" because its the start of the Boulevard project as opposed to regular bus lanes going into the new transit center (which I didn't see a mention of a timeline for that)

Ahh ok so the entire project could be delayed because of this? 

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They wouldn't be able to run fast, frequent buses to the new transit center, and those long lightrail/bus hybrids might not be able to make U-turns on Post Oak

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42 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Wow so I read the article again and are they expecting to be delayed until 2022 because of the Loop construction? I’m so confused and annoyed smh 

 

I believe that's only "if the interchange construction complicates the bus route so severely . . . "  A typical Chronicle mish-mash that just leaves one more confused.

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2 hours ago, Vy65 said:

The trees and giant silver arches look horrible together. Like some 60s sci-fi comic.

Huh? Idk how they clash that hard lol

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Doesn't matter if they clash or not (which they don't).  This is Texas and in the summer pedestrians need trees.

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5 hours ago, august948 said:

Doesn't matter if they clash or not (which they don't).  This is Texas and in the summer pedestrians need trees.

That’s my point, they don’t. But I do agree we need trees.

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They're building a concrete neighborhood barrier at the 610/Fournace exit?

 

At least they're thinking of the Bellaire residents.

 

Believe they're also doing it at 59/Chimney Rock. 

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Described bus rapid transit to a friend.  His reaction was "why aren't all buses like that?"

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Parked at Dillard's near the 610 feeder to walk to The Galleria.  Little to my knowledge, you can no longer walk across the street! I had to walk to W Alabama and then cross at the light.

 

Here's some photos of Post Oak

 

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KSGoEYI.jpg

 

 

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Oh my.. just noticed the new light poles/lights are coordinating green and red for the holidays.

 

Go Uptown!!

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On 11/16/2018 at 9:11 AM, august948 said:

 

That will happen eventually.  Post Oak started out as a suburban boulevard but has been slowly urbanizing, particularly in the last 20 years or so.

 

Matter of fact, looking at the size of that shopping center on a map, it wouldn't surprise me at all if it got redeveloped into a city centre type multi-use setup.  It's a huge piece of land in one of the busiest parts of Houston.

 

there's a massive redevelopment planned for that site... very preliminary so who knows exactly what gets built or when but there are major players involved and the initial scale is massive.

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35 minutes ago, swtsig said:

 

there's a massive redevelopment planned for that site... very preliminary so who knows exactly what gets built or when but there are major players involved and the initial scale is massive.

You have any info?

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Are those trees in the center of Post Oak near San Felipe new? Looked like they were planted this week, or today? The trees haven't been unwrapped yet.

 

2sqXHmX.jpg

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4 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

Are those trees in the center of Post Oak near San Felipe new? Looked like they were planted this week, or today? The trees haven't been unwrapped yet.

 

2sqXHmX.jpg

Yes. Those trees were transplanted from the KBR site I believe. 

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^^ Did you hear that?   Can anyone tell what kind of trees these are?  The trees that were removed from Post Oak and planted along Clinton were mostly...well...oaks.  A couple blocks of the replanted trees were removed/moved a couple months ago, but not sure if any have been transported just recently.  And, I’m not sure oaks can be “wrapped” that way. It’s all interesting, never the less. 

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2 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

^^ Did you hear that?   Can anyone tell what kind of trees these are?  The trees that were removed from Post Oak and planted along Clinton were mostly...well...oaks.  A couple blocks of the replanted trees were removed/moved a couple months ago, but not sure if any have been transported just recently.  And, I’m not sure oaks can be “wrapped” that way. It’s all interesting, never the less. 

 

These are either oaks or elms. small leaf...

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Once the trees fill in, this will look like a super wide, forested median until a bus passes

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On 1/3/2019 at 8:13 AM, Urbannizer said:

Post Oak Boulevard BRT Construction

 

Post Oak Boulevard BRT Construction

 

 

Looking at these pictures, it reminds me of a nice, wide bike path in the median.  I hope no one gets confused while biking through uptown.😮

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Those are the straightest Live Oaks I've ever seen. Are we sure there Live Oaks?

Just asking.

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Are these the type of oak trees that tear up sidewalks with their roots over time?

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The Boulevard Project website says they are live oaks, nearly 1000 of them for the entire project.  They are farm grown and were probably trained to be straighter than would normally be the case if nature took her course.  Looking at where they're planted in the median, I'd guess that the greater strength and depth of the surrounding street paving will probably work to keep the roots down.

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