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Historic Yale Street Bridge In The Heights To Be Rebuilt

The Yale Street Bridge was built in 1931, decades before the southern end of the Heights became a busy shopping area. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it’s also been ranked as one of the worst bridges in Texas. For details on the bridge replacement, visit Houston Public Media at http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/news/txdot-to-replace-historic-yale-street-bridge-in-the-heights/.

City Council Adopts Plan Houston

City Council voted 16-1 today to adopt Plan Houston. Among the many community goals enumerated in the Plan is the goal to provide “an affordable, multi-modal transportation network providing convenient access and mobility throughout the region for people and goods.” The approval of Plan Houston is the culmination of nearly 15 years of work by … Continue reading »

Prop 7: Texas Sales and Use Tax Revenue for Transportation Amendment

Proposition 7, the Texas Sales and Use Tax Revenue for Transportation Amendment is on the November 3, 2015 ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would provide additional funding for the State Highway Fund. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) estimates it will bring in an additional $500M to … Continue reading »

Houston Election 2015 CTC Candidate Questionnaire Responses by Office

Citizens’ Transportation Coalition sent out our CTC 2015 Candidate Questionnaire on September 8, 2015, to the 85 candidates for 2015 elective city offices: Mayor Controller Council at Large Council by District. As the candidate’s written responses come in, we shall post them in order of Office Sought: the respective office they seek, Name and Date … Continue reading »

Light Rail – East End Line (aka Green Line) – Harrisburg Overpass

To read about the Harrisburg Overpass, visit http://goo.gl/lHBUkx. The bridge will be built along the Green Line (East End), allowing cars and trains to travel over the Union Pacific East Belt freight rail line that runs north-south, west of Hughes Street. July 2015 construction update available at http://goo.gl/eaOcSb.

Next Generation Concrete Surface – Another tool in the quiet pavement kit

Next Gen concrete is a relatively new tool that TxDOT is looking at for quiet pavement to abate traffic noise impacts on adjacent neighborhoods. This is a vicious impact for those who suffer it, but it is of little concern to those who cause it. Some at TxDOT like this measure because it keeps the … Continue reading »

Comments on Proposed IDM Chapter 10: Street Paving Design Requirements – 2015

CTC’s thinks that important design standards having major impacts on neighborhoods and conflicting property rights interests are too important not to have the oversight of city council and be incorporated by reference into the city code. This is particularly true with the IDMs (PWE’s Infrastructure Design Manuals). Following is an EXCERPT of what we submitted to City of … Continue reading »

Comments Re SH 288 Proposal for a Holcombe/Ardmore Flyover to the TMC

Here is the Conclusion CTC reached with regard to the tolled SH 288 direct connectors to Holcombe Street to The Medical Center (TMC).  CTC recommended “no build” as to this alternative route into The Medical Center (TMC). CTC thought there was a much better route, eg going up the south of 610, say on Kirby, that would … Continue reading »

CTC Comments Summary: re IH-45 all segments (NORTH HOUSTON HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT)

CTC uses its information gathering and advocacy principles to develop formal comments and a position paper regarding TxDOT’s proposal for IH-45 redesign from downtown Houston to beyond Beltway 8. This is the Summary section of our comments. At this stage of TxDOT’s planning, CTC thinks this project needs significant design work to make it functional. … Continue reading »

TxDOT assumes federal responsibilities for 290/610 project on Dec 16, 2014

TxDOT can assume oversight and administrative responsibility for certain FHWA projects. It made such an assumption over the 290/610 project in December 2014. Title 23 of the United States Code sets forth the federal statutes for federal aid highways. Normally the FHWA oversees and has responsibility for these projects even though the Houston public only sees … Continue reading »