This week in Houston traffic...

Hey, hey Houston! Welcome back to another week of checking in on What’s Driving Houston!

Spooky purple / blue street lighting

Have you noticed street lighting that is purple or blue? We had a viewer write in asking, “Hey, what’s up with this odd-colored lighting on the Tomball Tollway? It’s purple, and doesn’t really help with visibility,” said Joe Klein. At first, I wasn’t sure about the complaint. To be honest, I have never seen this kind of lighting before. So I reached out to TXDOT and they told me, this is an issue that is happening near new construction locations. The lighting issue stems from malfunctioning LED lights. Traffic signal/ lighting team is replacing them as they get a report from the community or TxDOT maintenance crews. Go here to see how you can report the issue.

Galveston Island aims to make the beach experience accessible to all!

It’s not just about traffic and construction projects in our What’s Driving Houston initiative. We are also focused on accessibility to popular destinations in our area. Galveston is a big one.

Galveston Island is aiming to make the beach experience accessible to all by adding new access decking to Stewart Beach. To visit the beach and access the beach regardless of your mobility is the driving force behind this program, which put this new decking in place. It’s a game-changing amenity, especially for those who use a wheelchair. Click here to read more.

Drive safely Houston,

Anavid Reyes

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Houston Airports: Kids! Do you want to bring your favorite sports equipment on your next trip? Learn what you can bring in your carry-on and checked bags, so you can have fun playing your favorite sports on vacation! Check out TSA’s cool instructional video by clicking here.

Recent traffic stories

Construction closures

  • Atascocita closure: West Lake Houston Parkway will have a total closure of the northbound and southbound main lanes at FM 1960 this weekend. The closure happens at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, through 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

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About the Authors:

Traffic expert and What’s Driving Houston reporter, proud Latina, lover of animals, food and our beautiful planet.

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.