Daily News Briefs, November 1, 2019

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Tunnels Might Be Part of a Solution for Houston's Flooding Problem

Houston Chronicle reports, a preliminary feasibility study suggests Houston could mitigate its chronic flooding problems by constructing tunnels to carry stormwater runoff to reservoirs. The Harris County Flood Control District, which is leading a multiphase research project, says it is coordinating with other agencies, including the Harris County Toll Road Authority and Houston’s port authority. Early estimates suggest construction costs would equal or exceed $1 billion, a funding burden the flood control agency could not bear alone. The article notes that one proposal put forward for discussion involves building a tunnel deep below the I-10 Katy Freeway.

Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) Houston Metro Area Texas


Oklahoma Turnpike Studies the Implications of Raising Speed Limits

KTUL reports, a law allowing an increase in Oklahoma Turnpike speed limits may take effect today, but turnpike officials aren’t ready to take action yet. OTA spokesman Jack Damrill tells KTUL the authority is “working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to find out where they can safely increase speed limits. The study is looking at driver’s average speed on highways and turnpike” and “the safety of traffic on these fast-moving roads.” Damrill expects the study to be completed in early 2020 but adds that OTA has no timetable for making any changes.

Highway and Bridge Safety Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) Transportation Infrastructure Research & Development


Driver Causes $30,000 Damage at Illinois Tollway Work Site

Kane County Chronicle reports, “The driver of a blue Nissan with Kansas plates must not have realized he wasn’t in Kansas any more after he drove through six freshly poured sections of concrete” at an Illinois Tollway I-88 work site early last month. According to police accounts, the driver, who appeared to be lost, backed up and fled when witnesses told him police were on the way. The incident resulted in $30,000 damage, according to the newspaper.

Crime Beat Illinois Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IL Tollway)


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