Austin, San Antonio to tackle traffic congestion together
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin and San Antonio have teamed up to reduce traffic congestion between the two metropolitan areas, vowing to align transportation goals to manage population increases and traffic growth.
The cities' metro-area planners and the Texas Department of Transportation studied for over a year how to ease commuting within the regions, including along the busy Interstate 35 corridor.
Road barriers may be modified after pelicans deaths in Texas
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Solid median barriers along a South Texas highway could be modified to better protect nesting pelicans from being struck and killed.
The Brownsville Herald reports more than 40 brown pelicans were killed Oct. 15 along Highway 48 connecting Brownsville and Port Isabel.
Texas report: Oklahoma school bus was traveling too fast
LAMPASAS, Texas (AP) — An Oklahoma school bus that hydroplaned on a wet road and crashed in Central Texas last month, injuring nearly everyone onboard, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions, according to a Texas Department of Transportation report.
‘Don’t mess with Texas’ ad campaign seeks anti-litter song
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Organizers of the iconic "Don't mess with Texas" advertising campaign are looking for a new tune to promote the anti-trash effort.
The Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced the "Don't mess with Texas" original song contest. It's open to Texas residents, ages 18 and above, and runs through October. Contest rules are at Dontmesswithtexas.org .
$5M project announced to replace Harvey-damaged bridge
ROSE CITY, Texas (AP) — Plans have been announced to replace a 92-year-old Southeast Texas highway bridge that was swamped last year amid downpours blamed on Hurricane Harvey.
The Beaumont Enterprise reports the $5 million project involves a two-lane bridge across Bairds Bayou near Rose City. Chunks of pavement are missing from the surface of Old U.S. 90.
DALLAS (AP) — A tanker truck has overturned atop an elevated exchange in North Dallas known as the High Five causing major delays for commuters.
Montgomery County commissioners approved a $3.3 million contract with Houston-based Dannenbaum Engineering Company for the design work on a project to widen Texas 242 from two lanes to four lanes between FM 1314 and U.S. 59.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Transportation will forgive more than $1.3 billion in late fines and fees owed by drivers on state toll roads since 2007.
The words that commuters in northwest Harris County have been waiting to hear for years finally can be said out loud: U.S. 290 is open.
Though some minor work remains, crews along the freeway put U.S. 290 in its final configuration last month, with four lanes in each direction from the Grand Parkway to Waller County, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. An event celebrating what officials called “substantial completion” is scheduled for Wednesday.
A push to get work done before Fiesta gets underway means drivers will be dealing with several highway closures this weekend — but there’s a silver lining for some drivers on the far West Side.
Friday night, Texas Department of Transportation were closing down the southbound lanes of Loop 410 and the westbound lanes of Texas 151 where they intersect to take care of the final touches of putting in a new connector.
The Texas Department of Transportation will be restriping about three miles of Texas 249 later this month, beginning at Chasewood Drive and ending at Gregson Road.
The restriping is a maintenance project to make the area safe for motorists who drive along the area at night, said TxDOT spokesperson Emily Black.
HARLINGEN — “Go! Go, go, go!”
The kids shouted their encouragements yesterday as Robert Lara rushed to buckle up his passenger, get in the driver’s seat, buckle himself up and grab the steering wheel.
At least, that’s how it was supposed to work at the Teen Click It or Ticket event at the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy.
The Texas Department of Transportation had three stations set up in the parking lot to teach kids the importance of buckling their seatbelts.
Sky-high penalties for jumping on state-controlled tollways are gone, but Houston-area officials worry cheaper late fees on some toll roads creates confusion.
Ignoring a toll bill along county-controlled tollways can cost hundreds of dollars in late fees from a single toll of less than $2. New state rules have lowered those fees substantially, but only along tollways managed by the Texas Department of Transportation.
A host of lane closings are planned for this weekend and next as workers prepare for the replacement of the southbound Interstate 69 bridge at the San Jacinto River near Kingwood, a job that is expected to take up to six months to complete.
Most of the closings will occur on weekends and during overnight hours, until around March 23, when the major work to replace the bridge begins.
For anyone who might have thought that the Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS) only operated as employee services, they would be wrong.
That was only one of the educational presentations offered to leaders at the quarterly Liberty County Economic Summit hosted Feb. 16 at the Dayton Community Center.
More than 100 leaders, possibly the largest crowd since they began, listened to numerous reports from the county's major cities and met a local player new to the scene.
Daily traffic congestion on U.S. 69 in Hardin and Tyler counties caused by two-lane bottlenecks could be eased within the next decade by a multi-phase project to widen the whole corridor to four lanes.
Construction of the first segment, from FM 420 near the Big Thicket National Preserve in Hardin County to just south of Warren in Tyler County, is expected to begin in 2021, according to Sarah Dupre, with the Texas Department of Transportation.
Road crew uncovers tunnel near Mexico border in Texas
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says a road construction crew has uncovered an abandoned tunnel in Texas, just north of the border with Mexico.
Agent Oscar Cervantes says the tunnel was discovered Thursday near downtown El Paso. It is about 25 yards (23 meters) long. Cervantes said Friday that there's no indication the tunnel goes into Mexico.
The Texas Department of Transportation is considering widening FM 2920 to help decrease traffic in the area as the area grows.
At the public comment session on Thursday at Tomball High School, plans were unveiled to give residents an opportunity to weigh in on three proposals to double the lanes of FM 2920 in a nearly 20 mile stretch from U.S. 290 to Texas 249.
Public invited to townhall for proposed 146 widening project from FM 517 to 518
Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a Feb. 8 public hearing to gather input and receive comments on the proposed widening of a five-mile stretch of Texas 146 from FM 518 to FM 517 in Galveston County which TxDOT spokesman Danny Perez said will cost and estimated $85 million.
The region’s third hard freeze in six weeks interrupted several highway construction projects that have now resumed, but on this ice-free weekend only one major interchange closure might be worth avoiding.
The Texas Department of Transportation will be taking public comment at two meetings over the proposed widening of the 17-mile stretch of FM 2910 between Texas 249 and U.S. 290.
The construction project would widen FM 2920 to four lanes from the current two lanes between U.S. 290 to Cypress Rosehill Road.
It would also widen the same road to six lanes from four lanes between Cypress Rosehill Road to Texas 249, add a grassy median, sidewalks and a bicycle lane.
After making progress for the past year in Brownsville, a Texas Department of Transportation road construction project could be completed in the next five months.
The expansion of Highway 281, also known as Old Military Highway, is expected to help improve traffic flow in the area. TxDOT has been working on expanding the five-mile project from a two-lane road into four lanes.
The Texas Department of Transportation, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the UTPB Small Business Development Center are sponsoring PAVED, an event highlighting upcoming subcontracting opportunities for highway and building construction projects in the area.
The event is 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the UTPB CEED Building, 1310 North FM 1788, Midland.
State wants to expand Red Bluff section, add bridge over Taylor Lake
The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed widening a 1.5-mile section of Red Bluff Road between Texas 146 and Kirby Drive to accommodate area growth and provide another hurricane evacuation route.
It wants the public to petition the department to request a public hearing to learn more about the project and to offer comments to the agency on the $15.1 million plan.
TxDOT reports one of four holiday crash fatalities involve drunk drivers
During last year's holiday season (Dec. 1, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017), approximately one in four deaths on Texas roadways were alcohol-related.
In an effort to reduce these fatalities, the Texas Department of Transportation's "Plan While You Can" campaign reminds drivers to make planning a sober ride part of their holiday celebrations.
A planned long-term closing of the ramp from northbound Interstate 45 to northbound Interstate 69 in downtown Houston has turned into "the perfect storm" because of an emergency closing this weekend that poses a detour problem.
The Texas Department of Transportation's proposal to widen Texas 99 from a four-lane to a six-lane divided highway drew mixed reviews from some residents at an Oct. 24 open house at Cinco Ranch High School.
Comments ranged from concern about road noise which some think is excessive now to the project not providing enough lanes to accommodate traffic.
TxDOT planning final round of debris pickup from state right-of-way
Crews working for the Texas Department of Transportation will begin a final round of debris pick-up along state roadways beginning Nov. 1.
According to a statement from TxDOT, residents living along state roadways should place any debris generated by Tropical Storm Harvey along the right-of-way for pick-up.
The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting on Oct. 24 at Cinco Ranch High School to collect public comment on proposed widening of Texas 99 between FM 1093 and Interstate 10.
The meeting will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the high school at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy.
The meeting will be an open-house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions.
Expect congested Southeast Texas roadways with an uptick in distracted drivers in the coming weeks as construction crews and flood victims continue Harvey recovery efforts, officials said.
Post-storm population redistribution has created irregular traffic patterns, made worse by crews repairing damage and cleaning debris from neighborhood side streets.
The Texas Department of Transportation will host a Car Seat Checkup Event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at its Brownsville location.
Car seats will be checked by a certified child passenger safety technician. Officials said the car seats may be replaced if the seat has been recalled or fails to meet certain criteria.
Parents need to bring their children to the car seat safety check and should know their child’s weight and height.
Abbott takes unusual step of replacing chair of state panel
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has taken the unusual step of replacing the chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission with another member of the panel.
Abbott's office announced Tuesday that San Antonio banker J. Bruce Bugg Jr. will become chairman of the commission, replacing Tryon Lewis, a former state representative and district judge from Odessa.
Lewis will remain a member of the five-member panel that oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.
Dallas investor gets year in federal prison over land scheme
PLANO, Texas (AP) — A Dallas real estate investor must serve a year and a day in federal prison over a nearly $13 million North Texas land fraud scheme and highway expansion.
Wade Wylie Blackburn was sentenced Thursday in Plano. The 34-year-old Blackburn in April, in a plea deal, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Prosecutors say Blackburn, since 2008, conspired to defraud the Texas Department of Transportation. Blackburn must also repay $1 million to the state agency.
Houston-area roads that turned to rivers are mostly back to their old shape, weathering the pounding storms with minimal damage along major routes. Transportation officials meanwhile are holding their breath that the portions still shimmering with standing water come out unscathed, as well.
While driving by I69E or U.S. Expressway 77/83 in Brownsville, motorists can see overgrown grass that looks like it hasn’t been cut for quite some time.
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the expressways in the state — including mowing the grass surrounding the roadways.
Octavio Saenz, TxDOT Pharr’s public information officer, said the Pharr District includes eight counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Zapata, Kennedy, Willacy, Brooks, Starr and Jim Hogg.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Transportation has apologized to drivers who received incorrect toll tag bills or violation notifications for travel in some other states.
Magnolia City Council support transportation commission Texas 249 action
With no discussion, the Magnolia City Council unanimously voted to support the Texas Transportation Commission's action to extend the Texas 249 toll project to Texas 105.
On June 29, the Texas Transportation Commission voted to designate its 11.5-mile portion of the controversial Texas 249 toll road in Montgomery County as a state toll road project.
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Bridge workers praised
Recently as I drove across the Rainbow Bridge, I realized an overdue thank you is owed to the Texas Department of Transportation. Big bridge maintenance is viewed by many as an inconvenience. I'm glad we have an agency that is diligent about taking care of the public safety and preserves our historic bridges too. Thank you TXDOT!
PHARR — Pedro “Pete” Alvarez will serve as the new Pharr District Engineer of the Texas Department of Transportation, the agency announced Friday in a news release.
In his new role, Alvarez will oversee the planning, designing, building, operation and maintenance of the state transportation system for the eight-county Pharr District, which includes Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Kenedy, Willacy, Cameron, Hidalgo, and Starr counties.
Work on the Grand Parkway, which circles the entire Greater Houston area beyond the 610 Loop and Beltway 8, continues with the next portions of construction beginning soon in Liberty and Chambers counties, according to Omar DeLeon, engineer in the Liberty County office for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
"It's a $1.4 billion project," said DeLeon, adding that the parkway will be 180 miles long once completed.
Road worriers: Police urge motorists to get off freeways to watch fireworks
Usually Houston area drivers lament sitting on freeways, but to the chagrin of officials, there's just something about fireworks that makes the commonly-clogged thoroughfares the place to be.
Though freeways - especially elevated areas and bridges - are good vantage points to watch the show, pulling over on shoulders is dangerous and highly discouraged by police and transportation officials.
The Texas Department of Transportation announces the temporary closure of FM 803 from SH 550 to 2.5 miles north of SH 500 due to road rehabilitation.
TXDOT reported the closure will begin Monday and will last for two months.
The rehabilitation will consist of cement treating existing roadway, asphaltic concrete pavement and drainage structures.
The Texas Department of Transportation will host a regional workshop as part of its update of the Texas Freight Mobility Plan from 8:30-11 a.m. Friday, June 16 at Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy Road, Houston.
TxDOT's Transportation Planning and Programming Division will be conducting a series of regional workshops across the state to get feedback from public and private sector stakeholders.
The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway has been reopened, according to Texas Department of Transportation Public Relations Officer Octavio Saenz.
The Queen Isabella Causeway has been shut down since about noon due to some unknown threat.
"A third party call came in that led the bridge to be closed," Saenz said. "We are out there visually right now inspecting the bridge. Safety is our first mandate."
The Queen Isabella Causeway has been re-opened, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, after being shut down since around noon due to a phone call that indicated the bridge may collapse.
The Texas Department of Transportation inspected the underbelly of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. The inspection is taken as a precautionary measure. Earlier today a third party call to authorities alluded to a potential threat.
TxDOT hosts public hearing to discuss the proposed widening of FM 1960
Residents voiced a number of concerns at a public hearing on the proposed widening of FM 1960 hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday, April 25.
The project consists of widening FM 1960, between BF 1960 -A to Atascocita Shores Drive, from a four-lane roadway to a six-lane roadway divided by a median, a 15-foot shared outside lane and 5-foot wide sidewalks.
The Texas Transportation Commission recently approved an update of the Texas Department of Transportation’s $70 billion Unified Transportation Program. The UTP represents a 10-year project-funding outlook that includes plans to add or improve more than 1,200 miles of roadways to enhance safety and mobility, and reduce congestion.
TxDOT adding LED fixtures to I-69E from Brownsville to San Benito
The expressway project designed to have a constant stream of lights from Brownsville to San Benito is moving along in Cameron County.
The Texas Department of Transportation says Traf-Tex Inc, a TxDOT contractor, is working on the installation of LED fixtures on Interstate 69E. The project spans from East University Boulevard in Brownsville to FM 509, also known as Paseo Real, in San Benito from now until mid-May.