It’s all about safety this week, as students head back to class plus major West Loop closure this weekend
Thousands of students started their fall semester in these last few days. Happy back-to-school season to Klein, Galena and Fort Bend ISD among many many others. I’m sure you’ve definitely seen the traffic pattern change in your morning drive. It is BUSY out there. I remember looking at Spring Cypress Road near Klein Cain High School and it was dark red. Drivers, now that it’s getting a bit more congested out there, you’ve got to leave with extra time in the morning. We have so much going on early in the morning in our neighborhoods with kids headed back to class. School buses are running, kids riding their bikes or walking to school...the last thing you want to do is to rush out the door and speed down your neighborhood streets. Let’s do our best to keep our students safe out there!
Protecting pedestrians: How this innovative program is creating safer streets
The National Highway Traffic Safety Admiration reports an increase in traffic fatalities over the last two years. However, programs like Vision Zero have been adopted by cities around the country. The mission is to create safer roads for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists.
22-month-old twin dies after cement truck falls over bridge, lands onto another vehicle on beltway in east Harris Co., HCSO says
A 22-month-old toddler has died after a cement truck reportedly lost control and went off an overpass, landing on top of another vehicle in east Harris County Friday afternoon, deputies said.
Lanes back open after 2 Chicagoans wounded in shooting on Stevenson Expressway, police say
A 46-year-old woman and 20-year-old man, both from Chicago, were driving on I-55 when their vehicle was struck by gunfire, said state police. Both were taken to a hospital “with injuries ... from gunfire,” according to state police. Their conditions were not given.chicagotribune.com
Ask 2: Whats the status on the construction on Westheimer?
HOUSTON Question: Whats the status on the Westheimer repaving project? Answer: The Westheimer Road repaving project is managed by the Texas Department of Transportation. They are repaving and restoring this road between the West Loop and Dunvale Road. The project is estimated to cost $5,461,949 and should be done by November 13, 2020, according to TXDOT.
What you need to know if you plan on using Uber or Lyft in the future
HOUSTON Since COVID 19, ridership has dropped 80% for companies like UBER or Lyft as customers and drivers dont feel safe amid this pandemic. UBER and Lyft both say though their commitment to safety is not new, their approach to a new rider experience is. Heres what you need to know if you plan on using UBER in the near future:As of May 18, Ubers app looked different. Heres what you need to know if you plan on using Lyft in the near future:Lyft announced a new health safety program with new policies, which launched in early May. An important feature: a new personal health certification, which will require all riders and drivers to wear face masks when using Lyft--much like UBER.
What you need to know before traveling this Memorial Day
HOUSTON For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast. This is because the numbers used for this forecast have been affected by COVID-19. The annual forecast estimates the number of people and according to AAA, those numbers are no longer accurate. Across Texas: the average is the same. Information for this story was obtained from a AAA survey document.
TXDOT employees discuss COVID-19 safety precautions
HOUSTON The Texas Department of Transportation is taking steps to maintain employee safety when meeting about closures or project updates. According to Danny Perez with TXDOT, their field crews are using masks while on construction sites and radios to communicate when in close proximity. The proper safety protocol is also in place for when discussing project updates and closures. KPRCs Anavid Reyes also spoke with a TXDOT employee who is doing her part to keep her community safe. Sowing plans to plans on making masks into the fall as kids go back to school.
ASK2: How can I get to a testing center if I dont have a car?
HOUSTON At KPRC 2, were dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: How can I get to a testing center if I dont have a car? Answer: For those who are elderly, disabled or simply dont have the proper means of transportation, you can call the COVID-19 testing center at: 832-493-4220. All you have to do is indicate you are a person with disabilities or you simply do not have proper transportation to get to a testing site and they will take it from there.
May is National Bike Month: Houstonians discuss using their bikes for transportation during COVID-19 pandemic
HOUSTON During the month of May, from coast to coast National Bike Month is celebrated. Even though COVID-19 pushed the City of Houstons Bike to Work Day to September, bike month is still in full effect. KPRCs Anavid Reyes took to the streets to learn more about how Houstonians felt about using their bikes to get from point A to point B. Jennifer Ostlind, with Bike Houston, is a believer. Ostlinds wanted to bike to work for years, but she knows not everyone is big on the idea.
High water being reported on Houston-area roads
Heavy downpours and severe thunderstorms have brought flooding rains to parts of the Houston region. Here is a look at high water reports from across Southeast Texas. Houston TranStar reported high water in the following locations as of 3:20 p.m. Friday:45 NORTH Northbound After N MAIN ST Right Shoulder, Right Lane, Center LaneVerified at 3:48 PM todayIH-45 Southbound At SH 96/CALDER/BRITTANY BAY in Galveston County 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 5:01 PM todayUS-90 ALTERNATE Westbound At FM 3155/Collins Rd in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 5:11 PM todayEAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At SPENCER HWY Exit RampVerified at 2:57 PM today ed at 3:48 PM todayEAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At SPENCER HWY Exit Ramp Verified at 2:57 PM todayEAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At SH-225 Exit Ramp Verified at 3:56 PM todaySH-225 Eastbound At RICHEY ST All Mainlanes Verified at 4:33 PM todaySH-225 Westbound At RICHEY ST All Mainlanes Verified at 4:27 PM todayClick here to see the levels of creeks, streams and rivers in Harris County.