Washburn Tunnel Reopens
It's been a while -- since Ike, to be precise -- but the only underwater traffic tunnel in Texas is finally re-opening.
The Washburn Tunnel, which goes under the Ship Channel, has been closed ever since the storm surge from Ike did what was thought to be all but impossible -- it flooded the tunnel.
More than $100,000 in damages occurred, but as of 5 a.m. Saturday, the tunnel's open for business.
"It's totally back to normal, totally safe," Marco Bracamontes tells Hair Balls. "There are some minor details, like paint that needs some re-touching but that will be done at low-traffic times."
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-3PM
TicketsWed., Mar. 29, 10:00am
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 3PM-8PM
TicketsWed., Mar. 29, 3:00pm
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-6PM
TicketsSun., Apr. 2, 10:00am
Rice Owls Men's Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Men's Baseball
TicketsFri., Apr. 7, 6:30pm
Bracamontes, a spokesman for County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, notes that tolls on the Sam Houston Bridge, which have been suspended, will go back in effect Wednesday.
"It took a full week of pumping 24-hours per day to remove in excess of ten million gallons of water from the mile-long tunnel," Garcia's office noted.
-- Richard Connelly
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Houston, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.