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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2014, 10:43:04 AM »

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After the highway is complete, travel time between Matamoros and the state of Sinaloa, a highly agricultural region often referred to as Mexico’s breadbasket, is expected to be reduced from 20 hours to about 12, making Brownsville’s port a quicker option for commerce than Phoenix. ....
With a large percentage of the United States’ produce coming from Mexico — it’s estimated 60 percent of all the nation’s lettuce comes from the region surrounding Mazatlan — the port is aiming to have a place for it to go in case companies divert their trucks to the Gulf Coast to reach the East Coast and beyond ....
(above quote from Mazatlan-to-Matamoros Corridor Nearing Completion thread)
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This article reports that construction should begin on the East Loop to the port (shown on the above-linked map) at some time during 2015:

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Infrastructure projects this year will continue to put an emphasis on the Port of Brownsville and its freight capabilities as connections to the shipping hub are expected to bring further investment to the area ....
Garcia said there is special focus on connecting the county’s ports of entry with the deepwater port, especially due to the jobs growth that a spike in freight could inspire.
The recent completion of a Mexican superhighway connecting Mazatlan and Matamoros has led to talks among county and port officials about enhancing facilities at the port to capitalize on produce trade that will come from the largely agricultural Sinaloa state of Mexico. ....
The county and TxDOT are also expected to begin preparations this year to provide a connector from Interstate 69 near the port of entry to FM 1419, though that project isn’t expected to be funded until March of next year.
Still, getting the ball rolling on that project, which Sepulveda described as an “east loop,” is a major goal for the county this year.
“We’re hoping by August of this year we will have clearance on the east loop project,” he said, adding that that would set up the project for construction beginning next year.
That connector would allow commercial traffic to enter the port from the south side, he said.
TxDOT Regional Spokesman Octavio Saenz said in an email that the project would reduce congestion for trucks and commuters alike.
“The goal behind this project is to get the truck traffic from the Veterans Bridge to the Port of Brownsville and allowing them to circumvent the heavy traffic and the school zones on International Boulevard,” he said.
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Re: Texas
« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2014, 12:05:57 AM »

http://txdotsanantonio.blogspot.com/2014/01/txdot-leaders-announce-800mm-in-new.html

Big news for San Antonio; it looks like there is hope for improvements to finally get going on 1604 and 281.
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Re: Texas
« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2014, 01:42:18 PM »

TxDOT has posted an updated version of the Texas Official Travel Map.
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« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2014, 02:36:42 PM »

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Thank you for your email. Yes, the Beach/SH 180 intersection appears to be an SPUI. It appears to have been constructed in 1962. Wikipedia states that the 1st SPUI was in Florida in 1974 near St. Petersburg (close to Clearwater). In that case, the one in Fort Worth seems to pre-date that one.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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Re: Texas
« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2014, 02:32:29 AM »

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/news/ceremony-scheduled-to-rename-u-s-for-rep-sam-johnson/article_23ed8e48-8f67-11e3-afec-0019bb2963f4.html

On February 24, the section of US 75 between the Bush Turnpike in Plano and US 380 in McKinney will be named for Sam Johnson, a US Congressman from the area.  The article doesn't say if this is symbolic or if the N. Central Expwy. naming will actually go away in favor of Johnson.

If so, there will be 2 north TX highways with 'Sam' for first names (this one, and the Sam Rayburn Tollway section of TX 121), and 'Johnson' for last names (this one, and I-635 LBJ Freeway).
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Re: Texas
« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2014, 02:55:32 AM »

http://www.newschannel10.com/story/24255469/city-txdot-plan-to-expand-loop-335
http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-01-12/hollywood-road-project-focuses-safety-mobility

In Amarillo, south Loop 335 between I-27 and before the Washington St. exit, will be getting a redo that's long been needed.  Currently, the road is 4-lane with left turn closer to I-27, while east of that it is just 2-lane.  All of is at-grade, with 3 signals.  When done, it will be 4-lane with service roads and grade separations.  I haven't seen any mockups or schematics yet.
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Re: Texas
« Reply #31 on: February 08, 2014, 03:31:32 AM »

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/news/ceremony-scheduled-to-rename-u-s-for-rep-sam-johnson/article_23ed8e48-8f67-11e3-afec-0019bb2963f4.html

On February 24, the section of US 75 between the Bush Turnpike in Plano and US 380 in McKinney will be named for Sam Johnson, a US Congressman from the area.  The article doesn't say if this is symbolic or if the N. Central Expwy. naming will actually go away in favor of Johnson.

If so, there will be 2 north TX highways with 'Sam' for first names (this one, and the Sam Rayburn Tollway section of TX 121), and 'Johnson' for last names (this one, and I-635 LBJ Freeway).

They tried to rename Central for George W. Bush a few years ago. That didn't get far.
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Re: Texas
« Reply #32 on: February 08, 2014, 05:52:17 PM »

http://www.newschannel10.com/story/24255469/city-txdot-plan-to-expand-loop-335
http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-01-12/hollywood-road-project-focuses-safety-mobility

In Amarillo, south Loop 335 between I-27 and before the Washington St. exit, will be getting a redo that's long been needed.  Currently, the road is 4-lane with left turn closer to I-27, while east of that it is just 2-lane.  All of is at-grade, with 3 signals.  When done, it will be 4-lane with service roads and grade separations.  I haven't seen any mockups or schematics yet.

Really wish Amarillo's Loop 335 was built as a ready-made Freeway upgrade around the east side. For US287 travelers, either taking Loop 335 or going through town for a stretch on the multiple one-way streets, it isn't efficient. Wide frontage roads with the ability to add a freeway with overpasses later would've been rather forward thinking. I'm sure one day that will be needed. But, the cost will be a lot higher, especially near the I-40 east interchange with the truck stops and other businesses nearby.
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« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2014, 05:55:54 PM »

That red brick pavement is neato.
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« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2014, 07:21:18 PM »

In the area west of Ft Worth, there are some old US Highway alignments that are brick.
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« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2014, 08:19:49 PM »

In the area west of Ft Worth, there are some old US Highway alignments that are brick.

If memory serves correct, there's a small section of old US 59 in Marshall that is brick.
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« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2014, 09:39:31 PM »

A portion of FM 916 in Grandview is brick.  I hate it; it's rough.  I read several years ago that the city and TxDOT were both reluctant to fix it because they're afraid of breaking historic preservation laws.  I think they should preserve that historic road by putting pavement on top of it, keeping the bricks safe and making for a smooth drive.
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« Reply #39 on: February 24, 2014, 06:24:12 AM »

In the area west of Ft Worth, there are some old US Highway alignments that are brick.

Camp Bowie - the old Highway 80 alignment? Is that still brick? Or are you referring to something else? 

I loved those old bricks....
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« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2014, 01:00:25 PM »

A one-block segment of FM 455 in downtown Celina is brick. The streets on all sides of the town square are brick, and I don't know if TxDOT maintains the one side that is under state control. It can get kind of nasty in icy weather.
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« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2014, 01:53:39 PM »

TxDOT has posted an updated version of the Texas Official Travel Map.

Wonder if 87 will ever reopen on the coast
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« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2014, 09:33:18 PM »

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Wonder if 87 will ever reopen on the coast

Good question. It's been closed quite a while. It looks like this road met it's demise due to sea level rise. On a similar note, a section of SR A1A if Florida had to be re-routed inland due to it being taken by the sea.
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« Reply #43 on: February 24, 2014, 10:36:11 PM »

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Wonder if 87 will ever reopen on the coast

Good question. It's been closed quite a while. It looks like this road met it's demise due to sea level rise. On a similar note, a section of SR A1A if Florida had to be re-routed inland due to it being taken by the sea.

its been 34 years and it's still a dashed line on the map
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« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2014, 12:16:03 PM »

In the area west of Ft Worth, there are some old US Highway alignments that are brick.

Camp Bowie - the old Highway 80 alignment? Is that still brick?
I loved those old bricks....

The part of Camp Bowie I've seen lately (west of the Cultural District) is still brick.
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« Reply #45 on: February 25, 2014, 05:34:30 PM »

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/news/ceremony-scheduled-to-rename-u-s-for-rep-sam-johnson/article_23ed8e48-8f67-11e3-afec-0019bb2963f4.html

On February 24, the section of US 75 between the Bush Turnpike in Plano and US 380 in McKinney will be named for Sam Johnson, a US Congressman from the area.  The article doesn't say if this is symbolic or if the N. Central Expwy. naming will actually go away in favor of Johnson.

If so, there will be 2 north TX highways with 'Sam' for first names (this one, and the Sam Rayburn Tollway section of TX 121), and 'Johnson' for last names (this one, and I-635 LBJ Freeway).

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/02/highway-named-to-honor-rep-sam-johnson.html/?nclick_check=1

The ceremony was held Monday.  Not sure what color this sign is supposed to be, though:
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« Reply #46 on: February 25, 2014, 05:48:00 PM »

The Fort Worth paper ran this article today about how TX 114 has changed and begun to improve in the last several years.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/02/24/5597841/texas-114-transformed-into-road.html?rh=1
http://www.star-telegram.com/static/labs/TX114/tx114.html

The photos that come with the main article are many, but only about half have anything to do with TX 114's construction or corridor.  The others show the North Tarrant Express project (north/NE side of I-820 in Fort Worth; TX 121/TX 183 between Hurst and Euless), the Chisholm Trail tollroad project in SW Fort Worth, and the construction around the US 81/US 287 split off I-35W in north Fort Worth.  Some of the photos that have captions have errors (mostly wrong angles, highways, or counties), so while the construction views will have your interest, take some of the text with a grain of salt.
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« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2014, 05:59:02 PM »

Interesting to note these 2 piers at the junction of TX-114 with PGBT/TX-161 waiting for a flyover ramp.
http://goo.gl/maps/dHOyh
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« Reply #48 on: February 25, 2014, 06:09:33 PM »

Interesting to note these 2 piers at the junction of TX-114 with PGBT/TX-161 waiting for a flyover ramp.
http://goo.gl/maps/dHOyh

.....and waiting, and waiting....
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