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ICYMI: TxDOT Planning To Close Southbound I-69 Over San Jac River (Harvey)
The Humble Patch (Humble, TX) ^ | February 16, 2018 | Bryan Kirk

Posted on 02/27/2018 11:03:00 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

HUMBLE, TX — The traffic in Kingwood is already an issue, but it's about to become more frustrating as crew prepare to shut down parts of the Interstate 69 bridge that spans the San Jacinto River, just south of Kingwood.

The Texas Department of Transportation announced this week that they will close the southbound lanes of I-69 over the river at the end of this month to repair damages caused during flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

The construction is expected to continue through the start of summer, and the start of the 2018 hurricane season, which begins in June.

Humble, Kingwood and New Caney saw significant damage in their communities over a four day onslaught from Harvey, which dumped trillions of gallons of water throughout the Houston area over a four day period.

TxDOT, which is still working on their plans for this project,will close the southbound lanes to replace columns that shifted during the flooding in August and affected the load capacity of the bridge.

Commuters in that area should expected to traffic delays when construction begins later this month, KORC reported.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bridge; commutes; construction; harvey; houston; humble; i69; infrastructure; kingwood; repairs; safety; texas; traffic; transportation; txdot; us59; weather
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1 posted on 02/27/2018 11:03:01 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; humblegunner

Women, children and humblegunner hardest hit???


2 posted on 02/28/2018 2:12:37 AM PST by Oscar in Batangas (12:01 PM 1/20/2017...The end of an error.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Equipment being put in place now. This is going to be a daily nightmare for hundreds of thousands of commuters for months. And there are not many if any reliable alternative routes to take. And this a popular major route for commercial traffic in and out of Texas and hundreds to thousands of eighteen wheeler’s adding to the nightmare.


3 posted on 02/28/2018 2:24:29 AM PST by Ron H.
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
There are 25+ lanes of traffic with 5 different bridges going over this river. Hopefully TxDot has a plan that can keep most of them open or change flow for peak times.

Surely they have done their homework.....

4 posted on 02/28/2018 2:50:17 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it, but ready to go again)
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To: eartick
25+ lanes ehh?! Only the most effective lanes that carry 80+% of all southbound thru traffic into downtown will be shut down. And the service road cannot handle the added massive burden the way it is configured. It's going to be a real nightmare.

BTW. How do you get 25+ lanes out of the freeway? My count is different than yours and its not even close to 25+.

5 posted on 02/28/2018 3:44:36 AM PST by Ron H.
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To: Ron H.

Maybe he counts all other roads to the west that cross the San Jac.

Traffic in that area is horrible on a good day.

My friend lives near there, off Hamblin. During the flooding he used a drone to film the carnage, and I remember the frontage road next to the train trestle being completely submerged. That’s crazy!

My friend is nuts. He tried to drive his boat up the San Jac all the way to the freeway once. He knows the area intimately, but mostly haunts the area around Sharky’s.


6 posted on 02/28/2018 7:41:46 AM PST by T-Bone Texan (They are they enemy. Know them as you know yourself.)
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To: Ron H.

The total lanes crossing the river are 25+. North and South. Count them and then get back with me.


7 posted on 02/28/2018 11:03:31 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it, but ready to go again)
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To: eartick

Are you for real? Your implications was that there will be 25 lanes going Southbound therefore there will be no traffic problems. Gee, why don’t you get real!


8 posted on 03/02/2018 7:39:19 AM PST by Ron H.
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To: Ron H.
re you for real? Your implications was that there will be 25 lanes going Southbound therefore there will be no traffic problems. Gee, why don’t you get real!

Are you still on THIS. You need to go back and read my original post. Wait, let me explain again.

If TxDot would manage the outage correctly it could be managed like a hurricane evac.

When the rush hour is SOUTH you OPEN more lanes to, you guessed it, SOUTH bound lanes.

Now, when the rush hour or 2 hours is NORTH you OPEN more lanes NORTH bound lanes.

Now TxDot in all of its magical wisdom has probably done studies to see which direction normal flow has MOST traffic and could set up normal flow with that.

Now does that make sense and could we just agree to disagree on any basis that you like.....thanks

9 posted on 03/02/2018 8:03:09 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it, but ready to go again)
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To: eartick

Ain’t going to and won’t happen. During the rush hour there is way too much traffic in the northbound lanes to even ludicrously consider that idea. This ONLY happens during a regional crisis such as a major hurricane or similar major event or conditions. You must be living in a sheltered world somewhere other than Houston to even suggest such an idea.


10 posted on 03/02/2018 10:42:16 AM PST by Ron H.
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