Texas Department of Transportation

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    PETA Asks For Roadside Tombstone to Honor Dead Chickens

    Passing a roadside memorial down a barren stretch of road can be a brief, somber reminder of how fragile life is. How in an instant, a distracted or drunk driver can take away someone's mother, father, or daughter forever. Naturally, the folks at PETA want you remember the dead chickens. Among o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Worst Freeway Interchange in Houston to Get Partial Makeover

    In February, I wrote about what I considered to be the three worst freeway interchanges in Houston. One of them, the 290/North Loop/Interstate 10 mangle that came in third, is undergoing extensive renovations slated to be completed in January as part of the larger project to widen and improve Highwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Two of Houston's Freeways Top Texas' 100 Most Congested Roadways

    Sorry Austin, but Houston has knocked you out of the top spot. Well, at least when it comes to the top spot on the list of Texas' 100 most congested roadways, anyway. We haven't quite caught up to you on being a hipster hot-spot yet, but we suppose there's always next year. According to an analysi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    While You're Out There Driving, Don't Forget the "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

    Police officers will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers (drunk and sober) who aren't buckled up this Memorial Day weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation will be conducting its 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign in the Houston area until June 1.

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Don't Forget You Can Rat Out Drivers Who Throw Trash From Their Window

    Are you the type of driver who gets pissed when you see someone ahead of you toss a fast food wrapper out of their window onto roadway. If you're trash averse and want to help the Texas Department of Transportation create a catalog of offenders, then you're in luck. Local Redditors shared a link to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    TxDOT Doesn't Want Mexicans to Drink and Drive this Easter

    This glorious Easter season, the Texas Department of Transportation has taken it upon themselves to disrespect the state's flourishing Latino population. How, you might ask? By using the Mexican game of chance known as lotería. The game is part of the branding for an anti-drunk driving initiative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Cleanup Continues in Galveston Oil Spill

    Quicker than you can spell environmental disaster, another major oil spill is affecting the Gulf Coast. This time, caused by the collision between a tanker and a barge that's shut down the Houston Ship Channel, according to reports. Crews from state and government agencies are working on cleanup af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Nine Arrested for Allegedly Running an Illegal Horse Racing Track

    Breaking the law is one thing, but breaking the law when you're in law enforcement is knocks it up to a whole other level. Add horses into the mix and crikey have you got a problem. Nine people had the first court appearance Monday morning after being arrested last week for allegedly running an ill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Don't Mess with "Don't Mess with Texas" or "Remember the Alamo"

    Don't Mess With Texas. I'm serious, Do. Not. Mess. With.Texas. By this, I mean, the slogan, which was created by an ad agency in the 1980s to go with an anti-littering campaign (protect our highways!), which has become a trademark that Texas guards closely. In 2011, the Texas Department of Transpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    11 New Traffic, Criminal Laws Hit the Books Sunday: Using Phones for Good and Bad, Salvia and Rendering Aid

    Some new traffic laws will go into effect beginning this Sunday, September 1. That means that they will all be on the books for Labor Day and it's a good idea to know them because of that whole ignorance of the law thing. I found out the hard way when I got a ticket because I hadn't changed the addr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    More Concrete Coming On SH 288: 26-Mile Toll Road To Pearland

    Hey Pearland!!! You are about to either a) enter a bright new day of easy commuting to downtown Houston, or b) add to our area's smog problem via the addition of more concrete laid down for the rich to use while the less well-off suffer. It's a matter of perspective, we guess. State Highway 288 ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Aggie-LSU Game, Freeway Closures Will Mean Traffic Heck On West Side This Weekend

    It won't be pleasant driving on the west side this weekend -- but you've been warned. First, A&M is continuing its surprisingly positive introduction to the SEC by taking on LSU at Kyle Field. Houston is loaded with Tiger fans, as anyone who's gone by a shrimp-and-oyster joint on a football Saturda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    More Delays for the T.C. Jester/White Oak Bayou Bike Trail

    Bicyclists looking forward to tooling from Oak Forest towards downtown will have to deal with another setback: The seemingly simple project is going to take even longer than thought. The Texas Department of Transportation announced on the Houston Bikeway Program's Facebook page: It is with regret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Let's Hear It For Houston, Home To 4 Of TxDot's 10 Most Congested Highway Stretches

    The Texas Department of Transportation has released its annual list of the most angst-producing stretches of highway in the state, and once again the Houston area is not to be denied. Four of the top 10 most congested "roadway segments" are within driving distance, if by "driving" you mean "sitting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Highway To A Helluva Good Time: I-69 Opens

    With little fanfare, the Texas Department of Transportation has announced that some segments of U.S.59 have been officially renamed I-69, the new NAFTA Highway. Why te hush-hush? Is Colonel Angus going to be driving down to make a visit? We don't know if I-69 was named by the Official Middle-Schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Highway 6 Landfill Is Such Trash, Say Waller County Folks

    Members of the Stop Highway 6 Landfill coalition are warning folks that the proposed Waller County landfill is going to spoil the rural landscape, poison the water supply and pollute our schoolchildren. Project officials say this is a bunch of rubbish. Pending state approval, the 723-acre site -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Walmart Development Compromising Yale Street Bridge Stability, Critics Say

    Jeff Jackson, director of Responsible Urban Development for Houston, thinks that something apocalyptic could happen to the Yale Street Bridge, especially when construction of the controversial new Heights-area Walmart is completed. In November, the Texas Department of Transportation performed a st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Buffalo Bayou Improvements: Pedestrian Bridges & Strolling, Happy People

    The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is ready to present the next phase of plans for improvement plans along the waterway, plans that include pedestrian bridges and pavilions. Trudi Smith of the organization tells Hair Balls the latest series of architect's renderings is based on suggestions from last yea ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2011

    TxDOT Sues Over Steamy Novel

    It's titled Don't Mess With Texas.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Houston's TranStar Gets Some Major Tech-Geek Love

    From a TranStar PowerPoint on the system​The Web site Jalopnik, home to all things automotive, takes a lengthy and glowing look today at TranStar's use of Bluetooth devices to track traffic jams. "[N]o one has tried snatching real-time data directly from Bluetooth devices along a network of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart: Self-Created Traffic Jams To Prove A Point

    Heights residents plan to stage a protest to show how bad traffic will be with a new Walmart. ​There hasn't been much noise lately about the Heights Walmart, except those embarrassing e-mails from city officials, but one group opposed to the development still has hopes that the project can be der ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

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

    A typical Houston Monday, maybe​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Stay The Hell Away From The South Loop If You Know What's Good For You

    The West Loop is a disaster area right now. An 18-wheeler has shut it down.From TxDot: EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF IH 610 WEST LOOPAt the request of the City of Bellaire, the Texas Department of Transportation has closed IH 610 West Loop southbound mainlanes and frontage road at Bellaire and is in the proc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    TxDOT (Kinda) Confirms That Houston Is Home To Traffic Masochists

    ​The Texas Department of Transportation has put out a list of the 100 Most Congested Roads in Texas, and boy -- do we suck.Almost 40 percent of the little pieces of traffic hell TxDOT listed are right here, in Harris or Fort Bend counties.The usual suspects make the top (Six of the top ten are in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    TxDOT Tries Kinky Phone Sex To Get You To Protect Your Car Title

    A winsome brunette in a fetish outfit, featuring latex gloves and a mask, answers the phone.A heavy-breathing man on the other end is getting excited. "Relax," she purrs. "Take it from the beginning."Later she teases, "You like to surf the internet, don't you?" Then things build to a climax."Now go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Maybe I-45 Isn't One Of The Deadliest Stretches Of Highway

    Commuters in the Woodlands, UH students, Galveston day trippers, people driving to Dallas for some reason, and any number of other Houston motorists - congratulations on cheating death!According to Fox News, I-45 in Harris County ranks fifth in a list of the 10 most dangerous stretches of highway in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Traffic -- It Was Bad Last Night, It'll Be Bad For A While

    Traffic on the freeways out of downtown has cranked up to worse-than-normal status, as more and more people are getting back on the roads. Several people in this office reported sitting in gridlock late into Thursday night. If the Texas Department of Transportation is to be believed, that traffic c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    They Stayed In The Flagship Hotel -- And Survived

    Galveston County Daily News reporter Leigh Jones is Twittering her reporting today and says that 11 people rode out the storm in the Flagship Hotel. The Flagship is the historic building built over a pier that extends well out into the Gulf. That must have been an experience. Our Olivia Flores Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    The Heights' "Rails to Trails" Path To Happen, At Last

    It's been a long, long, long time coming, but the day may finally have arrived: the abanonded MKT rail line through the Heights might just be turned into a hike-and-bike trail. The Texas Department of Transportation has received a set of bids on the "Rails to Trails" project, with the low bid comin ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007

    Monkey See?

    Olivia Flores Alvarez Christian's Tailgate bar with a rounded tin roof... The new Texas Department of Transportation (TX DOT) Headquarters complex is going up at 7600 Washington Avenue. A sign out front says "Gensler, Architect of Ideas." They might want to change that to "Borrowed Ideas," sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    EVERGREEN Wildflower Hotline

    125 E. 11th Street Austin, Texas 78701-2483 (512) 463-8588 FAX (512) 463-9896 March 19, 2007 Wildflower hotline available AUSTIN — Motorists searching for the best wildflower locations along Texas highways have help at their fingertips. The Texas Department of Transportation's wildflower ... More >>

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    Car Trouble

    A new Honda is ticketed for expired registrationof a 1982 Chevy Blazer

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Beach Patrol

    Hands off the Bolivar ferry, Al Qaeda!

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    Seat Belts and Eye Shadow

    If the Lost Boys can't get young Hispanic males to buckle up, nobody can!

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    For Whom the Hell Tolls

    Heights residents fear the toll road authority's new land acquisition plans

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Welcome to Fire Island

    While communities across the country block LNG terminals, Quintana just shrugs

  • News

    September 18, 2003
  • News

    September 4, 2003

    Chop Talk

    Houston remains embroiled in what to do about Memorial Park

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    Brown Wins Historical Award

    AH-HA recognizes the mayor for his contributions toward preservation

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Rest Stop

    Interstate 10, one mile west of FM 1489 in Brookshire

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Deep Six

    Corps beliefs about wetlands stall TxDOT's paving plans

  • News

    January 7, 1999
  • News

    December 3, 1998


    Pasadena police wanted bad trucks off the road. Then big-rig politics wrecked their plans.

  • News

    September 17, 1998

    Deadly Pitfalls

    A 1991 Texas law fails to protect travelers from dangerous open pits along the state's roadways

  • News

    May 21, 1998
  • News

    May 7, 1998

    Upping the Ante-Up

    A planned HOV lane in west Houston ma instead become yet another toll road in our fair city

  • News

    June 6, 1996
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    February 22, 1996
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