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Post by Volkonski » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:11 pm

No end in sight. :(

No immediate relief for I-10 congestion

http://baytownsun.com/news/article_866d ... 8a30c.html
While the Texas Department of Transportation works to get an emergency contract in place to fix the Interstate 10 bridge, alternate routes have become inundated with traffic.

Westbound lanes were closed temporarily Monday night after a barge hit a pillar on the bridge. The transportation department has since opened the shoulder on the westbound side of I-10 to serve as an additional lane.

With traffic congestion on I-10, motorists have used alternate routes that have since been overrun with traffic. In the area of FM 2100 and Highway 90, local law enforcement has even discussed joining forces to direct traffic to alleviate traffic.

“It would take an unbelievable amount of manpower to direct traffic and try to do something in that area because the intersections are so big, like at 2100 and 90. One guy can’t handle that,” Chief Deputy Kirk Bonsal of Pct. 3 Harris County Constable Office said. “We’ve talked with the (Harris County Sheriff’s Office) about pairing up and putting some of our units and their units out there to alleviate the traffic if it comes to that.”
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:15 pm

Traffic backed up on Hartman Bridge last night as we headed to a theremin concert (yes, really) at the Bayou Theater at the U of H. Luckily we were headed south and most of the traffic exited at the other side of the bridge to take 225 west.

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Still no word about when I 10 repairs will begin. :madguy:
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Post by Volkonski » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:36 am

A local subdivision's worst fears have been realized. The I 10 lane closures have caused a death. :(

Baytown teen’s death blamed on congested access

http://baytownsun.com/news/article_c716 ... 47ed4.html
The child’s grandmother said she died following a seizure at her residence in the West Meadows subdivision and local paramedics not being able to arrive in time to save the teenager’s life because of traffic congestion in the area.

“My granddaughter died tonight because of that one way in one way out situation. I live right here in the front,” the grandmother posted on Facebook.

Neighbor Maria Munoz said she got word of the incident between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Friday. She estimated the incident occurred a few hours earlier.

Munoz, a resident of West Meadows, is mother of one of the deceased teen’s friends, noted the difficulty of just getting in and out of the subdivision.
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:29 pm

People flock to Harris County, moving from both in and out of state
Harris County leads the state as a destination for new residents, according to Texas Realtors.


https://www.chron.com/business/real-est ... gn=twitter
"Texas remained a hotbed of relocation activity in 2017 due in part to our diverse job opportunities, record-breaking housing market and booming economy," Texas Realtors Chairman Tray Bates said in an emailed statement.

Texas has gained more than 500,000 new residents from out of state in each of the last five years for which data are available, with Harris County is leading the way. The county was the leading destination for new residents both from other Texas counties and from out of state.

Within the state, the heaviest influx has been from Dallas County, with more than 4,700 new residents arriving in 2017.

Most of those moving to Harris County from out of state came from California, with more than 10,100 coming in 2017.
Of course they are. :thumbs:

Harris County Pros-

No longer majority non-Hispanic white population so welcoming to all people

Warm winters

Lots of jobs

No income tax

Cheapish housing

Harris County Cons-

Frequent major flooding

Hurricanes

Giant mosquitoes, cockroaches, fire ants

Sweltering summer heat

Heavy traffic

Poor public transport

A variety of poisonous snakes, alligators
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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:52 pm

A huge yikes! to all those cons.

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:18 am

Preliminary repairs on I-10 bridge completed

http://baytownsun.com/news/article_2580 ... a801d.html

The headline we have been yearning to see!

Or is it?
Preliminary repairs to the Interstate 10 bridge were completed Monday, but final repairs aren’t expected to begin for a week or two.

:snippity:

“It was such a detailed operation that it took a day and a half just for our contractor to get the barge system and the tugboat with all the equipment there,” George said. “In order for the crews to do the work, they had to get all the supplies out there and they had to get those supplies there by boat. They also had to set up a barge system to set up lights, steel support and equipment.”

:snippity:

Once the transportation department can sign contractors to conduct the final repairs, a timeline will be established, but until then, it’s unknown how long repairs might take.

:snippity:

Until repairs are made, drivers are encouraged to help ease congestion by taking Highway 146 to Highway 225 as an alternate route.
No. Still only 2 WB lanes. Final repairs could take weeks. Detour thru our city still in place.

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:23 am

Mrs. V. is hosting the local garden club this morning so I am banished upstairs. The cat is up here too. ;)
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:31 am

Volkonski wrote:
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Mrs. V. is hosting the local garden club this morning so I am banished upstairs. The cat is up here too. ;)
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Post by Volkonski » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:08 pm

Looking at those old yearbooks I realized that our older daughter has been out of HS for nearly 21 years. :shock:

Feeling :geezer: just now.

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:22 pm

Headline news in our city. :?

New, improved McDonald’s in the works

http://baytownsun.com/news/article_8f20 ... 618b8.html
Baytown’s longstanding McDonald’s on N. Alexander drive will soon be torn down and resurrected bigger and better.

Owner Matthew Kades, who purchased the Alexander location in 2010, said the new restaurant would have all the new bells and whistles, like new digital menu screens, digital self-order kiosks and double drive-thru lanes.

“We’re going to rebuild that restaurant this year,” Owner Matthew Kades said. “Somewhere around May or June we’re going to tear it down and we’re going to put a brand new building there and will be similar to the one going up in Mont Belvieu.”

Kades hopes it will reopen in the fall.
A McDonald's for the 21st Century! ;)
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:28 pm

My phone has been beeping with weather alerts just now.

Here in coastal Texas we are getting a line of intense rain.

The North Fork of LI is going to get heavy rain tonight.

Sigh. :?
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:13 pm

Cargo jet crashes near Baytown, Texas

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cargo-jet- ... d=63975274
A twin-engine cargo plane with three people onboard crashed near Baytown, Texas, on Saturday, authorities said. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert on the Boeing 767 after losing radio contact approximately 30 miles southeast of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The flight, operated by Atlas Air Inc., was headed from Miami to Houston. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was sending a team to investigate at the scene.

Boeing issued a statement on Twitter saying it was aware of the crash and "gathering more information."
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:17 pm

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/23/us/texas ... index.html
(CNN)A cargo jetliner crashed Saturday in Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Three people were aboard the twin-engine Boeing 767 operated by Atlas Air Inc. when it went down before 12:45 p.m. CT, the FAA's Lynn Lunsford said.

The flight number was 3591, according to the FAA.

The plane was located in Jack's Pocket at the north end of Trinity Bay, the Chambers County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:51 pm

Crew died. :(

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/23/us/texas ... index.html

HOUSTON - A cargo airplane crashed into Trinity Bay on Saturday, killing the three people who were aboard.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, but witnesses reported hearing loud sounds coming from the aircraft before it plunged to the ground.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:01 pm

When the city built the Blue Heron Parkway they had to build a stormwater retention pond. A rather large retention pond.

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Wanting to make the most of it the city put in some jogging/bike trails and made it a park.

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Parks have rules.

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And sometimes warning signs with additional rules.

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To be clear that means don't get yourself eaten by an alligator. ;)
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Post by Volkonski » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:19 pm


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Post by Volkonski » Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:25 pm

Not Texas but close and definitely Gulf Coast.

No sooner has ExxonMobil opened a new polyolefins line here in our city than they announce the building of another in Baton Rouge.

Exxon to move forward with Baton Rouge plant expansion, increase capacity by 450,000 tons

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge ... 31760.html
Construction on the expansion will begin this year, Exxon said. It is expected to add 45 permanent jobs, 20 permanent contractor jobs and support 600 temporary construction workers. The project will add a new polypropylene line with a capacity of 450,000 tons a year, a unit that will start up in 2021.

The company previously said it would spend more than $500 million on the project. It is expected to be the largest investment Exxon has made in Baton Rouge since 2010, when it spent $800 million adding an ultra low-sulphur diesel unit to its refinery. Turner Industrial and Jacobs Engineering landed the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the latest project.
These projects are attractive because of cheap natural gas.
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Post by MN-Skeptic » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:01 pm

Volkonski wrote:
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These projects are attractive because of cheap natural gas.
But... but... coal !
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Post by AndyinPA » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:44 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:01 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:25 pm
These projects are attractive because of cheap natural gas.
But... but... coal !
My gas bill has gone up a little this winter, but basically, thanks to all the fracking, my gas bill is really less than it was when we built this house more than 40 years ago. I have gas heat and cooktop. Yeah, but...but...coal!

I'm not saying I like the fracking (I don't), but that's the reality of it.

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Post by Volkonski » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:14 pm

:bored:

Meanwhile people are adjusting to a new normal. A lot of traffic that is going all the way to downtown Houston or beyond now detours thru our city via 146 to 225. This has reduced the I 10 WB delays at the San Jacinto River Bridge to about 10 to 15 minutes most of the time.

Bridge repair contract to be awarded in the coming weeks

http://baytownsun.com/news/article_b8e6 ... 52f35.html
The Texas Department of Transportation says a contract to begin repairs on the Interstate 10 bridge damaged after a barge struck a pillar could be awarded as early as next week — or the week after.

“There is still nothing definite as far as a timeframe,” Deidrea George, TxDOT Houston district spokeswoman, said. “We are waiting on the design proposal, the utility relocations whether or not we were able to do that, and that delayed the process.”

After the barge struck the bridge’s pillar, the highway department closed the left and center lanes and opened the shoulder as an additional lane.

“There is a delay, and the traffic flow is certainly not ideal, but it is manageable. It is not a total closure,” George said.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:40 am

Houston area suburbs see uptick in feral hog populations destroying streets, property

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/arti ... socialflow
In 2017, feral hogs created an estimated economic toll exceeding $1.5 billion in the U.S. In Texas, it is estimated they cause $52 million in agricultural damages every year, according to the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute.

Steven Horelica, co-owner of Deep South Trapping, a Texas-based hog trapping business, said the Houston area has seen a significant increase in feral hog sightings. He has trapped pigs all over suburban areas in Houston, including Kingwood, Missouri City, Cypress and Liberty.

Over the last few years, the number of hogs he has trapped has increased significantly, from 742 in all of 2016 to 1387 in 2018. So far in 2019, he has already caught 306 hogs.

"Instead of being out in rural agricultural land, they are starting to move into subdivisions and cities," Horelica said. "It is starting to affect everybody, not just farmers or ranchers."
No reports yet of feral hogs in our city but we do have coyotes in this area. Texas hunters kill about 750,000 hogs a year but the hogs reproduce faster than that.
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:54 am

Pigs are smart and opportunistic, and they make very bad neighbors. They also make VERY good eating from all reports, depending on what they have been eating.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:54 pm

It's the-

2019 Spring/Summer
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​All challenge finishers will earn a medal and one grand prize winner will receive a Celestron Trailseeker 65 Scope!

​The Spring/Summer Baytown Birding Challenge runs from March 1 - August 31, 2019 and is open to birders of all skill levels from around the world.

​Find any 50 bird species in Baytown to complete the Challenge. Some species are common and found in many places, while others are rare and may be limited to a specific habitat or part of Baytown.

Birders may find more than 50 bird species throughout the duration of the challenge. The birder with the most found bird species will receive a Celestron Trailseeker 65 birding scope.
https://www.visitbaytown.com/birdingchallenge

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:02 pm

Not into birding? Try this-
The Baytown area is full of family-friendly activities so why not experience them ALL this Spring Break? Baytown is home to one of only four GeoTours in the state of Texas. Through the “Family, History, Nature Together GeoTour” visitors get the chance to hunt for hidden containers at 31 of Baytown’s landmarks, piece together a puzzle through codes on the containers, and earn swag at the end of the journey! While on this expedition through Baytown, families will visit the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center to see live baby gators, Pirate's Bay Waterpark, Royal Purple Raceway, the Baytown Nature Center and more.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:30 pm

Afternoon in the park. Saw an egret so 1 down, 49 to go. ;)

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