TxDOT builds new bypass to ease Cypress Creek Bridge reconstruction woes
The Texas Department of Transportation created a temporary IH-45 North Freeway southbound frontage road bypass between Cypresswood and FM 1960 is now open to drivers. It will provide continuous passage for those on the North Freeway southbound feeder road trying to access FM 1960.
Groundbreaking ceremony held for new American Legion Post 490
Big changes are happening for the American Legion Post 490 on Galveston Road near Ellington Airport, in Southeast Houston. The post caught on fire last year and since then the Commander and people in the community have been working on a new plan.
Neighbors at odds over a sidewalk in the Oak Forest community
Neighbors in an Oak Forest community are at odds over a sidewalk. Some people feel like a new sidewalk would make it easier for people to get around. Others said the process was rushed and the City of Houston did not gather input from residents about the project.
Texas experts believe construction changes can cut destruction from weather events down
He made it clear to us he was in favor of changes being implemented in Texas construction. “We could do a lot better with better building codes in Texas and better enforcement of the building codes that do exist,” he said. Thompson said spray foam is a big help during a freeze. Ad“I think that spray foam insulation and pex pipe is the way to go,” he said. “The spray foam used to be really expensive but now it’s come way down because it’s getting used so much,” said Thompson.
Kuykendahl Road widening project underway. Here’s what you can expect
SPRING, Texas – The road widening construction has started this month on Kuykendahl Road. The construction contractor, WadeCon LLC, began the construction after the project was approved for funding from the 2015 road bond by voters. The bid amount for the project construction was $3,566,246 and it is a 1 -year contract, according to a news release. The project will complete a four-lane boulevard from Lake Woodlands Drive to Research Forest Drive. - The two existing lanes will become the southbound lanes once construction is completed.
Chicagoans aid Central American hurricane victims
Construction for Vista Tower topped out April 26, 2019, as concrete for the 101st floor was poured. Here's a look at what is soon to be the city's third-highest skyscraper. Sales of its condo units, cost between $1 million to $17 million.chicagotribune.com
Ask 2: Why do they keep closing 59 between Gessner and Fondren?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Why do they keep closing 59 between Gessner and Fondren? Answer: Terrence lives on the Southwest part of town and wanted to know why the Southwest Freeway keeps getting shut down for construction on the weekends. I spoke to the Department of Transportation and they said, the construction taking place between Gessner and Fondren is not part of the interchange project with the West Loop. The project is planned to be complete by the end of December/beginning of next year, weather depending.
Ask 2: The overpass over I-45 for Hughes Road in Galveston County; when is it to be finished?
Question: The overpass over I-45 for Hughes Road in Galveston County; when is it to be finished? TxDOT began to demolish the existing Hughes Road bridge in Dickinson last October, just south of League City. Construction from the west side of I-45 progressing east across I-45 has been taking place since then. The Hughes Road overpass has been closed until the new bridge is fully reconstructed over I-45The FM 646 intersection project will be done in two phases. - The first included the demolition of the overpass, working on the northbound main-lane overpass and reconstructing the intersection and feeder.
Southmore Bridge re-opens to traffic
Photos of the Southmore Boulevard Bridge that spans Highway 288 showed traffic was moving across it again Tuesday. The Southmore Bridge isn’t the only one causing traffic trouble for Third Ward residents. The Harris County Flood Control District has been working for more than a year on the Ardmore Street Bridge that connects North MacGregor and South MacGregor, about one mile east of the Southmore bridge. Unfortunately, the work performed on the bridge did not meet Harris County Flood Control District specifications during a routine inspection.”“We encountered some deficient items in the concrete bridge deck. Hayden said remedial repairs are now underway on the Ardmore bridge that could be complete before the end of the New Year.
Gulf Freeway relief just ahead for Galveston County drivers
TEXAS CITY, Texas – Interstate 45 and FM 1764 in Texas City is a headache to drive through right now. Much of the highway is closed off in the area and drivers must rely on other ways to get around. Here’s a look at what exactly is being done and when drivers will finally get to drive on the main lanes of the Gulf Freeway near Texas City.
Update on I-610/Highway 59 construction project
The new I-69 northbound connector ramp to I-610 southbound was recently opened. Currently, crews are working on the demolition of the old I-69 northbound connector ramp to I-610 southbound. This will allow for the work to progress on the IH 610 northbound to IH 69 southbound connector. The new I-610 southbound exit to Fournace and the new I-610 southbound entrance ramp from Hildalgo/ Westheimer opened earlier this summer. Major work for the IH 610 northbound to I-69 southbound connector ramp and the I-610 southbound to I-69 northbound connector ramp will continue.
Raising the bar of quality of life by improving Houston streets
HOUSTON – A plan that would go beyond just repairing potholes and extending the life of streets and making them last longer, that is Houston Mayor Silvester Turner’s goal. His new Street Rehabilitation program is designed to improve nearly 300 miles of Houston roadways by the end of this year, with a goal of eventually touching 100% of Houston streets in the time to come. Everyone who travels on City of Houston streets, whether they are driving, walking or biking should do so in a safe and equitable manner, according to Mayor Turner. -Public Works will conduct their research, analyzing streets in all 11 districts and will determine the condition and rideability. -they’ll be fixing street surfaces, fixing curbs, storm drains, sidewalks, and making ramps more accessible.
Just how bad are Houston’s roads? Apparently better than Dallas’, according to this new survey
HOUSTON – We all know Houston’s roads can be unpleasant to drive on from uneven pavements to that occasional pothole. A survey from CoPilot and the Federal Highway Administration has Houston ranked 22nd for the worst roads in the country. Rhode Island, California, and New Jersey share the highest percentage of poor urban and rural road conditions. According to the survey, an average of 20-25 percent of major urban roads in Texas are in poor condition. Other Texas cities with poor road conditions include Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington, who ranked high at No.
ASK2: What will the renovations on 610 near the Galleria and the 610/59 interchange look like?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: What will the renovations on 610 near the Galleria and the 610/59 interchange look like? The project will require additional right-of-way. Approximately 2.5 acres of additional right-of-way have been acquired, which includes ten partial acquisition impacts and one commercial displacement (a Chick-fil-A). You can also visit the Texas Department of Transportation’s website for details.
Tired of SH 288 construction? Heres an update
The completion of the direct connectors at Interstate 610 and SH 288 is a major upgrade and project milestone. Additionally, the direct connectors at Beltway 8 and SH 288 have been completed. Any there any future major construction shutdowns to be expected along SH 288 to help crews conduct their work? There will continue to be lane closures along SH 288 as we near completion. Drivers can anticipate an easier commute from the south portion of SH 288 to the north portion of the highway and vice versa.
When will construction be finished on Westheimer?
HOUSTON Westheimer Road is operating at normal speeds during the day as the paving operations are complete. However, there is some work to complete such as median repair, finishing the loops for the signal lights and some final striping. Crews have been working 24 hours a day to get the work done, covering Westheimer Road from the West Loop to Dairy Ashford. They started with repaving the area between the West Loop and Fountain View and continued working their way west until reaching Dairy Ashford. The Texas Department of Transportation tells me theyve finished all left-turn lanes on this major corridor except one.
Construction company ahead of schedule on Westheimer Road project with less people on the road
HOUSTON – Drivers in the Galleria area remember what it's like to drive down Westheimer road near Interstate 610 before the stay-at-home order went into effect. Drivers said there is less traffic on a typically heavily traveled road. Drivers could see light traffic even when the order lifted since road construction companies have been able to work longer hours. Angel Brothers Construction Company is set to finish its nine miles of asphalt pavement project on Westheimer road in 90 days instead of the initially projected 13 months. Derek Angel, who is the co-owner of Angel Brothers, which is contracted with TxDOT to complete the road project, said his crew can work without interruptions.
Ready to tackle home improvement projects now that you finally have some time? 5 tips
More time at home has turned into more of an opportunity to do various home improvement projects, although that sometimes can be dangerous. Scott Frankel, co-president of Frankel Building Group in Texas, offered five tips for those who are currently attempting or about to start home renovation projects while quarantined. They aren’t things that are going to necessarily wow your neighbor, but they need to be done.”Don’t bring in outside workers. It’s a real easy way to throw your back out or slip off of a ladder.”Clean out items you don’t need anymore. “When you go to a professional and you say that this is what you want to do, your ideas are organized,” Frankel said.
Here are closures on 610 you need to know about this weekend
Detours: Motorist to take connectors to IH 69 Southbound. onto IH 69 Northbound Frontage Rd. Take first entrance ramp onto IH 69 Northbound Main Lanes. Detours: Use feeder roads610 East LoopLocation: Southbound from Turning Basin Dr. to Port of Houston. Lanes affected: 3 InsidelLanesDuration: Closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Saturday.
Weekend traffic closures: Areas Houston drivers will want to avoid ahead of Spring Break travel
HOUSTON – Construction and the associated road closures this weekend is something drivers in Houston should take note of. Closed Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. southbound connector ramp to I-69 north also closed. --------Location: 610 northbound and southbound connector ramps to I-69 southbound. Detours: Take connector ramps to I-69 northbound, exit Weslayan Street. Take first entrance ramp on I-69 southbound.
Weekend traffic closures: Areas Houston drivers will want to avoid during the weekend before the rodeo
HOUSTON – Construction closures in Houston this week may be something drivers should take note of. Turn left (south) onto IH 69 Southbound Frontage Rd. Take the first entrance ramp onto IH 69 Southbound. IH-10 WB Traffic to detour near downtown to access IH 610 West Loop via US 69 SB. East LoopLocation: IH-610 East Loop Northbound At Clinton Drive.
More congestion: What you should know about the year-long construction project on the East Freeway
The Waco Street bridge on the East Freeway at Waco Street will be closed starting Wednesday as a reconstruction project gets underway, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. According to a news release, the bridge will close Wednesday at 9 p.m. and will remain closed until the project is complete. TxDOT said the demolition process is expected to start Friday, and all east and westbound lanes of the East Freeway will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday while crews complete the demolition. Drivers in the area will need to exit Waco Street and stay on the frontage road until the next available exit, TxDOT said. According to the news release, the project will also widen existing sidewalks from 4 to 8 feet and the bike lanes from 4 to 5 feet.
Drivers be prepared: Major construction on 610 at 69 begins this weekend
HOUSTON – Drivers and small business owners are bracing for the impact of a major construction closure that starts Friday. All I-610 West Loop northbound and southbound lanes at I-69 will be closed. Motorists traveling northbound on I-610 West Loop northbound will detour to I-610 frontage road to re-enter the mainlanes of I-610 northbound. Motorists traveling southbound on I-610 West Loop will detour to I-69 southbound, exit at Chimney Rock, U-turn at Chimney Rock to reach the I-69 northbound mainlanes, and take the direct connector from I-69 northbound to I-610 southbound. Perez said it is Phase 3 of a project that began in September 2017 and should be completed in 2024.
Weekend roadwork: Here are the places to avoid so you don’t get tied up in traffic
HOUSTON – Between weekend freeway construction and the Chevron Houston Marathon, here are the four things to know before you hit the road this weekend:1. I-10 eastbound in ChannelviewI-10 eastbound will be shut down at the San Jacinto River, from Monmouth Street to the 330 Spur. The Crosby Freeway and the Fred Hartman Bridge will be your best alternate routes for crossing the San Jacinto River this weekend. Expect significant delays on the Katy Freeway (I-10) and the North Freeway (I-45) as you approach downtown this weekend. The Chevron Houston Marathon is this weekend, tooThe Chevron Houston Marathon happens on Sunday.
Highly-traveled entrance ramp to 610 from Westheimer Road closed indefinitely
According to TxDOT officials, the 610 West loop southbound enterance ramp from Westheimer closed Friday at 9 p.m. The closure will be indefinite until further notice as crews continue their work to reconstruct the interchange between 610 and the Southwest Freeway. Drivers trying to access the West Loop southbound are advised to take the Southwest Freeway outbound to the Chimney Rock Road exit, make a U-turn onto IH 69 northbound frontage road, take the entrance onto 69 and then take the 610 southbound connector. TxDot officials also said the Hidalgo Street curve will be permanently closed. To access Hidalgo Street, drivers are advised to use the West Loop southbound exit ramp to Hidalgo Street and Richmond Avenue.
Merry Christmas! Some construction relief coming for Pearland drivers
PEARLAND, Texas – A major construction project in Pearland is making progress and crews are set to give drivers an early Christmas gift. Drivers in the Pearland area are all too familiar with the headache of construction. “If they’re widening up, of course, it’s gonna help, but right now, it’s not helping the situation." Hanks said the work on FM 518 was necessary for the widening of State Highway 288. Luckily for Harrington and other residents, crews were able to open three lanes in each direction on FM 518 and 288.
Big changes coming to Post Oak starting in spring 2020
HOUSTON – Crews started work along Post Oak Boulevard in Uptown in 2016 and now there may be an end in sight. One of the goals was to improve the appearance of Post Oak Boulevard, making it a more walkable environment by widening sidewalks and adding trees. In the end, rail-like buses will run along Post Oak about every ten minutes for most of the day with multiple stops. TxDOT is adding an elevated bus lane from the Northwest Transit Center to Post Oak, expected to be done early next summer. On the southern end, crews are working on a major construction project on Richmond estimated to be done next spring that will link buses to the new Westpark/Lower Uptown Transit Center.
I-10 bridge repair nears end, westbound lanes expected to reopen by Jan. 3
BAYTOWN, Texas – Good news drivers! TxDot officials said the repair on the I-10 bridge is near an end. Officials said they expect to open the westbound lanes by the weekend of Jan. 3 and the eastbound lanes will open the following weekend of Jan. 10. We (led) an emergency three-month contract on Oct. 28 for the repairs," said TxDot’s Deidrea George. "But we have been working diligently to get these lanes delivered back to the public safely but also as quickly as possible so even a few days help.”