Katy Freeway Finished As Of Tomorrow

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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.)

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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