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The TxDOT Update
News and Information from the Texas Department of Transportation

In this issue

  • Harbor Bridge Lights Up
  • I-35 Traveler Survey
  • Ferry Art Contest Winners Announced
  • Transportation Commission to Meet Dec. 15
  • Plan Sober Holiday Rides
  • Register Now For the 2012 Transportation Forum!
  • Check Road Conditions
  • Statewide Podcasts
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December 5, 2011

Editor's Note: Here's our roundup of Texas Department of Transportation news and events. If you have any questions, comments or just want to know more about something you read here, send a message to AskTxDOT@txdot.gov.


Harbor Bridge Lights Up

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An artist's rendering of the Harbor Bridge lighting system.

Dark for more than a decade, the iconic Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi is now brilliantly adorned with a state-of-the-art LED lighting system. The new $2.2 million system was switched on Sunday night as part of the city's downtown Christmas celebration. The relighting project is a public-private partnership between TxDOT, the city of Corpus Christi, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority and American Bank.

The system includes 950 LED lights that wrap the bridge frame and can be programmed in an array of colors, patterns, motions, words and video. Corrosion damaged the previous lighting system, which was turned off in 1998. The new system is expected to last for 10 years, when TxDOT plans to replace the 1959 bridge that spans the Corpus Christi Ship Channel at US 181. An environmental study evaluating several potential alignments for the new bridge is under way.

Read more about plans to replace the bridge »


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I-35 Traveler Survey


The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) is conducting an online survey of I-35 travelers to determine what information they like to receive about travel conditions, planning efforts and construction activities, how frequently they want that information, and how they'd like to receive it. The survey results will help TxDOT and TTI determine how best to communicate with I-35 users about potential traffic headaches during the five-year construction project in Central Texas. The project, which is under way, will widen nearly 100-miles of interstate between Hillsboro and Salado from two to three lanes. The survey is anonymous. Participants must be least 18.

Find the survey at »

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Ferry Art Contest Winners Announced

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Ferry Art Contest winners include Kati Pina's colored-pencil drawing Reflections of the Gulf Coast.

TxDOT's Second Annual Port Aransas Ferry Art Contest produced six winners, including three adult and three youth artists. The artwork will be reproduced, enlarged and displayed on the B.L. DeBerry, R.E. Stotzer, Jr. and Arnold W. Oliver ferries in Port Aransas. The winners were chosen from 60 entries.

The winning paintings and artists in the adult division are: Flounder Run by Dinah Bowman; The Pleides by Mary Burnett; and Deep Turtle by Theresa Coppock. Youth division winners are: Reflections of the Gulf Coast by Kati Pina; Magenta Spoonbill by Rebecca Honeck; and Squid by Connally Waight

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Transportation Commission to Meet Dec. 15

The Texas Transportation Commission convenes for its next regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 15. The meeting will be held at 200 East Riverside Drive, Room 1-A.1, in Austin. The Commission will not hold a workshop session this month.

The Commission will hear a staff update on the agency’s Modernization project and a report on studies to identify projects that would significantly reduce traffic congestion in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin metropolitan areas.

Read more »

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Plan Sober Holiday Rides

The holiday season is upon us, but don't let all the festivities make you an impaired driver. More fatal alcohol-related crashes occur between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve than at any other time of the year, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. Don't let yourself or someone you love become another statistic. Make safety a priority during the holidays. Designate a driver before you arrive at an event or party. If you drink, don't drive.

Watch a message from Santa's reindeer »

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Register Now For The 2012 Transportation Forum!

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Register now for the 7th Annual Texas Transportation Forum before the early registration discount expires on Thursday, Dec. 15. The theme for the 2012 Forum, set for Feb. 15-17 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, is "We're Going Places!" The annual event assembles local, regional and state leaders with national experts to discuss timely transportation issues. Engineers attending the Forum can earn Professional Development Hours. Find out more here.

Reserve your hotel room and register now for your seat at the table. We hope to see you in San Antonio in 2012!

Register now »

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Check Road Conditions

If you're traveling during the holiday season, remember that road conditions can change quickly due to the weather, construction and natural disasters. TxDOT keeps you up-to-date on road conditions in your area and throughout the state. Call us toll-free at (800) 452-9292 for current road conditions, or view online.

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Statewide Podcasts

TxDOT produces a weekly Statewide Podcast to keep you updated on the latest transportation news and issues, and new podcast episodes are published every Friday on the TxDOT website, www.txdot.gov.

In this week's episode, we talk with El Paso Mayor John Cook about his work to bring transportation projects and improvements to the border city. (This episode originally aired in January 2011.) Episodes are also available on iTunes.

Listen to Podcast »

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