Karen Othon

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    June 24, 2014

    Trees Along Gessner Are a Casualty of 290 Widening Project

    Call it arborcide, or call it progress. The 290 widening project has claimed several large trees from Gessner Road to W. Little York Road. A contractor working for the Texas Department of Transportation has been removing killing the trees by chopping off the top half and then removing the bottom ha ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Ice Storm II -- It Cometh Again? (With a Closings List)

    Photo by Abrahan GarzaThe re-reckoning​The forecasters got everything right about the big snowstorm that hit us last week, except for the fact it didn't include snow. It did include plenty of dangerous icy road conditions, though. Get ready: The sequel is here. It's been drizzling all day an ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    They're Already Spraying For Ice on Houston-Area Roads

    Weather about to go all Van Winkle on your ass​Let the fear begin! The Ice Monster that will likely put a deep freeze on Dallas's Super Bowl festivities is also headed our way, as anyone who watched television news today or tomorrow will learn (Here are five tips on surriving the unsurvivable ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Your Bolivar Ferry Experience Might Be Annoying For A While

    Keep your fingers crossed​If your time-off plans include a leisurely cruise on the Bolivar Ferry this holiday season, expect things to be a little more leisurely than usual. One of the ferries is in the shop for emergency repairs, TxDOT's Karen Othon says, and another is in for regularly sche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Good News: 59/Loop Exit Will Finally Open. Bad News: Not Until Monday

    They're working on it‚ÄčIt's been a long week for those who use or drive by the northbound Eastex Freeway to the North Loop westbound.A spectacular 18-wheeler crash has left the busy 59/610 connection closed, with all the attendant hassle that involves.Work has progressed enough that the ramp can no ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Houston Pwns Texas On List Of Most-Congested Roadways. Yay?

    A typical Houston Monday, maybe‚ÄčThe Texas Department of Transportation is touting new and improved technology to determine the worst traffic spots in the state, and the cutting-edge analysis has discovered...Houston sucks!Which we kinda knew already.Fully 35 of the state's 100 worst congested road ... More >>