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Posts published in December 2016

TxDOT proposes Widening FM 2100, planning well received in Huffman

HUFFMAN – A Public Meeting hosted at Hargrave High School by the Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT) on Dec. 13 showed aerial photography and schematic plans for a proposed project corridor with TxDOT representatives and their study teams made available to answer questions as they receive comments on the project.

Currently, FM 2100 from Huffman Cleveland Road south to FM 1960 is about 4.5 miles long an exists as two lanes and six-foot-wide outside shoulders. The proposal is one 12-foot travel lane and one 15 foot outer shared-use lane in each direction with sidewalks on both sides.

The proposal mostly stays within existing right of ways and would only require about 29 acres of additional right of way for drainage, corners and accommodation of the approaches to the Luce Bayou bridge. Once begun the project would take about three years and the cost is estimated at about 50 million. That fact seemed appealing to most of those commenting on the proposal on Dec. 13.

Crosby Church’s Huffman Campus is just south of a proposed major detention pond.

The increasingly crowded conditions on FM 2100 north of FM 1960 in Huffman have presented safety concerns not only concerning the 28 vehicle collisions that have occurred this year but this project is inexorably related to the dividing of FM 2100 south of FM 1960, although not stated at the meeting. According to P.I.O. Danny Perez the project of course awaits funding as does the proposal for south of FM 1960.

The proposed could begin as soon as the later part of next year but few would expect to see work begin before 2018. The two sections would await the final section that would go north of Huffman Cleveland Road to the Grand Parkway.

Jeremy Phillips of Commissioner Jack Morman’s Harris County Precinct 2 attended

Public comment by comment card is welcomed so long as they are postmarked by Jan. 3 to TxDOT Houston District Office, Director of Project Development, Texas Dept. of Transportation, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, TX 77251.

Local support for Wreaths Across America is strong

The Highlands Rotary Club heard from Charlie Ward this week, about fund raising to support the Houston Wreaths Across America program, which will take place at Houston National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Ward said that this year, donations at his business, Charlie’s Ice House, had totalled almost $20,000, and last year $10,000 to support the program.

Wreaths are purchased, for $15 each, and laid on cemetery markers to thank and remember the veteran who gave his or her life for the freedom of others. The mission of the program, is to “Remember, honor, and Teach.” In Houston, there are 70,000 gravesites in the veterans cemetery. The goal is to place a wreath on each one.

After Charlie Ward and his friends participate in the ceremony, he plans to return to the Ice House and have a community event to “Celebrate the Season.” There will be an evening ful of fun, food and fellowship, and a buffet style meal will be served.

Ward invites all the community to the event, with special emphasis on veterans.

Disable Vet Bill Callahan will be there to share his experiences with others. Callahan is known for walking across America in 1986, in spite of a crippling injury in Vietnam. He is currently raising money for other veterans, he said.

Santa brings Greetings to Highlands

HO HO HO in Highlands. Santa Claus came to town Tuesday night, riding on a Fire Engine. With him were Miss Highlands and Jr. Miss Highlands.

A long line of children and parents awaited them, in Highlands Railroad Park on San Jacinto Street across from the fire station.

Santa took his seat in the Pavilion, and listened as each child told him his wish list, and then had his or her picture taken by photographer Susan Franke.

Meanwhile, cookies were being served at the fire station, by Highlands Horizons, the Crosby-Lynchburg Chamber, and the Boy Scouts of Troop 107. In addition the Rotary Club was cooking and serving hot chocolate to all.

Community organizations had decorated 12 Christmas trees leading up to the Pavilion. These groups included GCM/FFA, Highlands 4H, Highlands Jr. School, HIghlands Elementary, B. P. Hopper Primary, Highlands Little League, Highlands Horizons, Highlands Rotary Club, Cub Scout Pack 107, Sampson Masonic Lodge, Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, and Hannah Harpster. Santa chose the tree he thought was the most beautifully decorated, the Chamber tree, with a Red, White, and Blue theme.

Huffman three vehicle wreck claims 2 lives

HUFFMAN– A three vehicle crash last Saturday shortly before 7:00 p.m. in the 11600 block of FM 1960 claimed the lives of a 7 year old and a 25 year old that had recently moved to the Greater Houston Area.

Authorities say it began as a friend, Courtney Anderson, was driving a Liberty County family west on FM 1960 on wet roads.

Reports indicate a white Yukon sideswiped the grey Mazda sedan causing it to spin into oncoming traffic. A red Dodge SUV then struck the Mazda carrying the family nearly head-on.

The driver of the Yukon offered a blood sample to authorities at the scene. Witnesses describe the man as having been driving aggressively prior to the collision and apparently uninjured by the crash.

The seven year old was treated at Kingwood Medical Center but succumbed to injuries inflicted in the crash. Young Courtney Anderson died during the impact. Everyone else in the vehicle was critically injured including Courtney’s best friend, the friend’s husband and two children. The name of the family has yet to be released and the name of the man facing charges for causing the crash has not been released. The woman driving the red Dodge SUV was also taken to the hospital with injuries.

BARRETT STATION : Roadway to open by January 5

BARRETT STATION: Getting through from Crosby to Highlands has been a longstanding trial here since work began on a two government entity double project to widen FM 2100 through Barrett Station at the end of 2015.

On Tuesday, Harris County Precinct 2 responded to questions that the conclusion of Phase II should be done by Jan. 5.

Generally, that is most welcome news because the south end of Barrett Station has seen a substantial traffic growth while that end of Crosby Lynchburg narrows to a single lane in each direction. A large truck making its way through the narrow two lanes clipped the power lines and some telephone lines there knocking out power for the Charles R. Drew Magnate School and the south end of Barrett Station, causing concerns for parents.

When Precinct 2 Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman announced the projects in two phases in Nov. of 2014, Phase One from FM1942 to Arcadian, for $4.2 million and Phase II from Arcadian Lane to Magnolia Street at a cost of $3.58 million they were hoping for a 8 month project.

Phase one has been accomplished but utility issues with Phase 2 has held it up to know when it would be finishing until Tuesday, when Jeremy Phillips, Director of Infrastructure worked to find common ground with Center Point Energy and predicted finishing by January 5, 2017.

Crosby-Lynchburg Road will consist of a 5 lane concrete curb and gutter road with sidewalks on one side, and will run from 1942 to Magnolia in Barrett Station.

A TxDOT project to widen the road from FM1942 to almost to US90 however was stalled when the local water company came at issue with TXDoT contractors working on the bridge to make the roadway.

Much of the Summer was spent with no work being done as relates to the utility to determine where a water line was to go. Recently, however, work renewed just south of the US 90 and Gulf Pump Road intersections with FM 2100 before FM1942. Currently, traffic builds north and south at the intersection with only one lane for both directions available at the old bridge. However, TXDot had not sufficient time for this report to discover what solution, if any, had been made but promise an update this week.