Katy Freeway Finished As Of Tomorrow
As of 10 a.m. tomorrow, all traffic problems on the Katy Freeway will cease.
That's when the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the end of the five-year construction nightmare that has widened the highway from six lanes to -- if our most recent trip is any indication -- about 48 lanes at spots.
There's more concrete on this thing than....than....than....a really big place that has a lot of concrete.
Officially entitled the "Fuck You To Mass Transit" Program, the $2.2 billion project is "the largest freeway reconstruction program ever performed in the State of Texas," says spokeswoman Tanya McWashington. (She didn't say that first part of the sentence, though.)
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It involved, by the way, tearing up a railroad track that paralleled the highway and could have been used, some say, for commuter rail.
Attending the ceremony tomorrow, which will be way up on the overpass where Beltway 8 crosses the Katy, will be Gov. Rick Perry, Congressman John Culberson and a federal highway guy. (Culberson's re-election effort is making much of his role in the highway project.)
The politicos will no doubt spend their pre-ceremony time discussing how many months to wait until the next Katy Freeway expansion begins.
-- Richard Connelly
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