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Houston TranStar: Don’t Be Ridiculous

January 17, 2017 • Continue Reading »

As we enter the New Year, it’s important to commit to positive resolutions. Distracted driving causes more than 10,000 accidents each year in Harris County alone. Houston TranStar’s newly released Public Service Announcement, Don’t Be Ridiculous, depicts the outrageous driving behavior we see on our roadways. Although the actions in the spot are exaggerated (i.e. eating a formal meal while driving), the distractions represented are real and can have deadly consequences.

Join Houston TranStar this year in taking a stand against distracted driving.

IH 10 E/B Major Closures between Antoine and IH 45 for the week of Jan. 16 and the weekend of Jan. 20-23

January 16, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Please see below for information regarding the reopening of the remaining Houston Ave. Northbound Lane at IH 10. The reopening of this lane took place this morning.

No closures remain in place for this project at this time. However, major closures of the IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes remain as previously scheduled for the weekend on 01.20.17 thru 01.23.17 to complete the remaining work under the Houston Ave bridge.

Motorists should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes for the weekend of 01.20.17 thru 01.23.17.

TxDOT is continually partnering with our contractor as we work towards a goal of completing the emergency repairs for the Houston Ave. Bridge at the very earliest date possible.

The contacts for these closures are Bobby Cayton at 832.870.6212, Paul Eley at 281.536.3129, and Karen Othon at 281.686.8616.

Houston Ave. Northbound between Weber St. and White Oak: The remaining lane was reopened this morning.

IH 610 West Loop Southbound Direct Connector to IH 10 Eastbound: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by following the IH 610 West Loop Southbound Direct Connector to IH 10 Westbound; Exit and U-turn at Chimney Rock/Wirt Rd., Follow the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Rd to the next entrance ramp; Follow the IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes to the direct connector to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

IH 610 West Loop Northbound Direct Connector to IH 10 Eastbound: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by following the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

IH 610 West Loop Northbound Entrance Ramp from Woodway to IH 10 Eastbound and Westbound: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by following the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

H 10 Eastbound Mainlanes between Antoine and the IH 610 West Loop.: Alternate (Inside) Lanes Closed Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.(At least two outside Mainlanes will remain open at all times for local traffic only.) All thru traffic should detour via the direct connector to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

Silber Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road. Turn Left, (North) on North Post Oak; Turn Right, (East) on Old Katy Rd. Follow Old Katy Rd. to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd. to West 12 th; Turn Right, (West) on W. 12 th and follow W. 12 th to Hempstead Rd.; Turn Left, (West) on Hempstead Rd. and follow Hempstead Rd. to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd. to the Entrance Ramp from TC Jester.

IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes between the IH 610 West Loop and the Exit to N. Shepherd/Durham: Alternate (Inside) Lanes Closed Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. (At least one outside Mainlanes will remain open at all times for local traffic only. All local traffic must exit via the Shepherd/Durham Exit).

Washington Ave. Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding either Northbound or Southbound on Washington Ave.

IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes at the Exit to N. Shepherd/Durham: Total Closure Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road.; Turn Left, (North) on Shepherd Dr.; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

TC Jester Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road.; Turn Left, (North) on Shepherd Dr.; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Patterson Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road; Turn Left, (North) on Yale; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Yale/Heights Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road; U-Turn at Studemont; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road at Studemont: No Left Turns for Trucks will be allowed onto Studemont Northbound from the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Trucks will be allowed to U-Turn at Studemont and then proceed West on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; they can follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

IH 10 Eastbound Exit to Taylor: Total Closure Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour via the Exit to Shepherd/Durham; Turn Left, (North) on Shepherd Dr.; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road at Taylor: Alternate lanes closed at Taylor between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.

Taylor Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour: Turn Left, (North) on Taylor; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Taylor N/B at the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road: Thru trucks will NOT be allowed to proceed North, beyond the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. on Taylor between 8:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.. Thru Trucks will Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Taylor S/B at IH 10: 1 (Left), Inside Lane closed between 8:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.

Multiple Off Duty Police Officers will be on site to assist.

Changeable message Signs were reset on Monday, 01.09.17.

These closures are weather permitting.

Citizens Advisory Council Meeting and PIP Meeting, Jan. 17

January 11, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Houston mayor addresses issues at BOMD/SWH2000 breakfast meeting

January 11, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner fought rush hour traffic to address a joint breakfast meeting of the Brays Oaks Management District and Southwest Houston 2000 Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Houston Baptist University.
The mayor spoke about the city’s growth and diversity and talked about issues that concern all Houstonians––not just those affecting residents in the southwest sector of the city. He reiterated his commitment to repairing an estimated 40,000 potholes and said that 97 percent of those problems were fixed within one business day in 2016.

“We’re getting it done,” he said, then moved on to the concern of infrastructure repairs and better drainage to reduce flooding problems. The city has identified 22 drainage projects––two in each district––and is focusing on those first. He also talked about the city’s involvement in finding funding for Project Brays, a $480 million project to reduce flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed. While waiting for $311 million in federal funding, a loan of $130 was requested from the state, the mayor said.

In addressing public safety, Turner said that the city is currently 600 officers short and has reassigned 175 desk officers back to the street to assist in filling the gaps. He also talked about controversial changes to the city’s pension plan, which he called “a runaway finance system” that can’t be fixed overnight.

“I don’t have the power to turn water in to wine,” the mayor said, “But, we are not balancing our books on the backs of working men and women.”

The problem of Houston’s homeless population is a much more difficult one to address, he said.

“It’s easy to fill a pothole; it’s much harder to fill a hole in someone’s life,” Turner said. Simply providing housing is not the complete answer, he added, because many of these people will elect to go back to the streets. The problem is partly a financial one and partly a mental health issue. He pointed to a program that the city of San Antonio is currently using to provide shelter and services for up to 1,700 homeless people, but added that the Haven for Hope program is costing $23 million a year.

Turner stressed that the emphasis on the homeless population is not motivated by Super Bowl 51 coming to the city’s NRG Stadium in February because it can’t be fixed by then. It is an ongoing problem that requires the involvement of not only the city government, but also faith-based and charitable organizations. The mayor said that, having lived with hunger and poverty himself, he was personally not opposed to feeding the homeless, but that providing food does not address the complexities of their needs.

“We cannot be comfortable with people living on the streets and under underpasses,” Turner said.

BOMD SWH 2000 Breakfast with Mayor Turner – January 10, 2017 from ev1pro.com on Vimeo.

In addition to the mayor’s address, attendees at the breakfast meeting also heard from students of Westbury High School who are working on a project to build a pier at Willow Waterhole near their campus. They have already collected two-thirds of the $30,000 needed to build the pier, but are seeking donations of time, money, labor, and materials from the community.

Dr. Michelle Garza of Sharpstown High School also spoke about a program to register students for discount fare Metro bus passes, since transportation is an important part of school attendance, early arrival for tutoring, and the ability to stay after school for extra-curricular programs.

Street Closure Alert for Houston Marathon

January 6, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston will welcome the annual Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, and ABB 5K the weekend of January 14th -15th. In addition to the races, multiple events will be happening in and around the downtown area that will add to the excitement.

Various City departments are working together with the Houston Marathon Committee and public safety agencies to minimize traffic concerns and ensure everyone enjoys a safe and fun event.

Street Closures

Remember that 26.2 miles of course means there will be some significant impacts to traffic on race day. Several roads in and around the downtown area will be closed beginning Thursday morning, January 12th. On Saturday January 14th, downtown will experience additional closures from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for the ABB 5K race. On Sunday January 15th the 26.2-mile marathon course and 13.1-mile half marathon course will begin closing at 6 a.m. As runners pass through each area, streets will reopen. Below is a detailed map of the race routes and the time streets will close and reopen.

Additionally, set-up for the Start Line, Finish Line and other activities will require that portions of the downtown area be closed beginning Thursday morning:

Thursday, January 12th through Sunday, January 15th
Expect areas around the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park to close for the installation of the Finish Line and related fencing. Closures include Lamar Street in front of the Hilton Americas and Avenida de las Americas south of Discovery Green Parking Garage.

Click here for more information on Finish Line closures.

Friday, January 13th through Sunday, January 15th
Expect additional areas around the Start Line to be intermittently or permanently closed until Sunday afternoon.

Click here for more information on Start Line closures.
Click here for more information on Finish Line closures.

Saturday, January 14th
The ABB 5K will take place beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will result in street closures between downtown and Midtown from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Click here for a map of the ABB 5K course.

Sunday, January 15th
From 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., expect streets along the Marathon and Half Marathon course to be closed and reopened as the race progresses. 

Click here for a map of the Marathon and Half Marathon course.
Click here for more information on street closures and specific driving direction suggestions.

Race Day Driving Directions

Expect traffic to be slow in and around areas impacted by the race course on Sunday, January 15th.

Driving delays can be minimized by using alternate routes that avoid the course entirely. 

Need help getting around on race day?

Click on the link for your neighborhood to get detailed information on specific closures and driving directions.
• Start Line Area Closure Schedule Map
• Discovery Green & Finish Line Area Closure Schedule Map
• Washington Corridor Driving Directions
• Upper Kirby Driving Directions
• Rice & West University Driving Directions
• Galleria Area Driving Directions
• Tanglewood & Memorial Driving Directions
• Memorial Park Driving Directions

Runners – Show Your Bib, Ride METRO for Free on Race Day!

METRO is making it easy for participants to get to the start line on race day by offering FREE round-trip bus or rail service to any marathon or half marathon participant wearing their official “race bib” on Sunday, January 15th, 2017. Click here for more information.

Spectator Information

The City encourages residents to go out and cheer on race participants! There are many great places to watch along the route. The Houston Marathon Committee has identified the top 10 places to watch the race on their website.

Spectators, don’t forget that the fastest way to catch your favorite runners at the mile 8 split is on METRORail. Click here for more information.

Download the Mobile App for Runner Tracking, Maps & More

Want to track a runner, get results or access course maps? Download the Chevron Houston Marathon mobile app, available now for free in your phone’s app store.

Click here for iPhone mobile app.
Click here for Android mobile app.

Watch the Race Live on ABC 13 or ESPN3

Can’t make it to the race route? Watch the race live on ABC 13 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., or catch the recap show Sunday night at 10:35 p.m., also on ABC 13.

Want to watch the race on the go? Watch the race live streamed at abc13.com or on ESPN3.

Security & Safety

As with any public event, the main goal is to keep everyone safe. With that in mind, please remember to be vigilant about what is going on around you.

See something suspicious? Contact the nearest law enforcement officer or call the iWatch Houston Hotline at 1-855-iwatch4 (492-8244). If you see something that you believe to be a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

Also, there are certain security and safety rules in effect for those planning on attending official marathon events. These are available at chevronhoustonmarathon.com.

Be sure to stay informed of emergencies, and large special events in Houston by signing up for AlertHouston online at houstontx.gov/emergency.

You can also follow on Twitter, or like on Facebook.

Need More Information?

Visit chevronhoustonmarathon.com for information about the race, and bookmark houstontx.gov/emergency for information on what public safety officials are doing to help keep these events safe.

HPD’s “Houston Citizens’ Police Academy” Class #55 starts March 9, 2017

January 6, 2017 • Continue Reading »

METRO: Super Bowl transportation options

December 20, 2016 • Continue Reading »

METRO provided comprehensive information regarding Super Bowl transportation options.

Download “Know Before You Go” (PDF)

Flooding and Storm Surge Symposium, Jan. 18

December 20, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Houston is no stranger to the human and economic costs of severe weather. Recent floods in 2015 and 2016 caused 16 deaths and over $1 billion in damage. Additionally, the entire coastal region is particularly vulnerable to the threat of storm surge from a powerful hurricane.

In order to address these issues, Houston City Council Members David W. Robinson and Dave Martin, the AIA Houston Urban Design Committee, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston (ACEC) will host an event featuring two panel discussions on flooding and storm surge. Experts from academia, government and advocacy groups will shed light on these challenges and discuss possible solutions.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Meeting Room 371ABDE. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:00 p.m. Remarks by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will be given at the beginning of the program.

This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is available until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11. Click here to register.

Please contact atlarge2@houstontx.gov and districte@houstontx.gov if you would like to be a partner city, organization or sponsor of this event.

Renter rights for common space safety

December 19, 2016 • Continue Reading »

By Kaitlin Monte, Fox26

Many renters know to report safety or maintenance issues to their apartment complex, but what can you do when those issues go un-repaired?

After residents at Mission Falls apartments complained to FOX26 on Tuesday about their entry gate being broken for over a year, and a nearly pitch black parking lot where at least nine street lights were out, FOX26 reached out to the property’s main office for answers. After three tries in 24 hours, no one called back.

Watch the video at Fox26

How to prevent fires during the holidays

December 19, 2016 • Continue Reading »

By Lindsey Henry, Fox26

It’s that time of year again when you bust out the Christmas lights, possibly start lighting candles and even when you start fires, if the weather is right. However, it’s also a time the Houston Fire Department responds to more accidents.

“There’s over a million residents living in apartment homes here in Houston now and last year in December there were over 70 apartment fires”, says Starla Turnbo who is the vice president for the Houston Apartment Association.
Watch the video at Fox26