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Old 04-15-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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Once again confirming what I think
a lot of traffic in Houston is caused by construction people that don't give a ..... about causing more traffic.

Today I was driving South on I-45, as soon as I pass the entrance to the Hardy toll road I see that the two right lanes of the highway are separate from the rest of the highway for 1 mile
After 1 mile it joined the feeder road (it was an exit)

Was it really necessary to take two highway lanes to do that?
Isn't there already enough traffic on that section of I-45?

It was from where it say "70B" all the way to the bottom of this map

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Old 04-15-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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It almost looks like something is happening there...just to the west of I-45. Hmmm, looks like a lot of space has been cleared, as if a construction project may be going on. (Shhhh...Maybe its a government base...hidden by all the trees...I wish X-files was still on). Maybe its a new Taco Bell, I heard demand has really gone up with those Dorito flavored tacos and the 4th meal campaign. Maybe it will have a sweet double drive thru, like In-n-Out burger in California.

Maybe the lanes will be for that Eco-Amusement Park or Texas History Park I've heard about. Boy wont the exit lanes be long then. This better not slow down party runs to Sam Houston Tech.

Will these changes help the sale of RVs and Tripods? Anyhow, Its too bad they diagram/design highways on cocktail napkins.
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:33 AM
 
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Call these people. I am sure they can fix it.

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Old 04-16-2014, 05:56 AM
 
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First crash

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-45 N southbound slow due to truck crash | khou.com Houston
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The freeway was blocked at the Hardy Toll Road just south of The Woodlands.
The crash was reported shortly before 3 a.m. As of 6 a.m., one mainlane and a frontage road lane remained blocked.
The truck's driver told authorities a car cut him off, and he swerved into the plastic barrels at the divider for an exit ramp. A hazmat team had to be called in because one of the truck's fuel tanks ruptured
**** PICTURE (LINK) ****
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:59 AM
 
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a wreck in houston?

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Old 04-16-2014, 07:09 AM
 
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At least is clear to everybody how concerned people are in Houston about reducing the number of wrecks or reducing traffic on the highway.

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It almost looks like something is happening there...just to the west of I-45. Hmmm, looks like a lot of space has been cleared, as if a construction project may be going on.
I'm not saying not to close the feeder road
I just don't understand why they take two lanes of the highway to make a mostly useless made-up feeder road.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:19 AM
 
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So how do we stop wrecks? Continuing education for drivers? Mandatory defensive driving every X yrs?

Get 18 wheelers out of left lanes? I think getting them off the road during rush hours would help.

Cell phones that deactivate when in motion via GPS so as to not allow text messages or calls?
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Houston/The Hague
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Large punitive fines to those who cause accidents on freeways within Harris County. All paid into a fund that is equally distributed to the owners of all vehicles registered in Harris County that have not been involved in an accident in the previous year. Punish ineptitude, inattention, and aggression. Reward safe and defensive driving.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:50 AM
 
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So how do we stop wrecks? Continuing education for drivers? Mandatory defensive driving every X yrs?
Here's an idea...
Don't take the 2 right lanes of the highway to make an useless/unnecessary feeder road
Adding an extra "curve" to the highway and reducing the lanes of the highway.

I'm guessing some of you guys don't understand the description that I gave of what these people did.
The fact is that 6 hours after I wrote this post there was already one wreck.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:56 AM
 
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Post a picture, but I think what you are talking about is the split in the freeway so they can construct the bridge overpass at 99 where it will cross 45.

I am sure there is a bigger plan later on down the road for those two lanes than what you are seeing now.

I think most of the freeway interchanges you see today the right two lanes will dump off like that.

Try these people. They may listen.

https://www.txdot.gov/
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