At its Oct. 26 meeting, the Humble City Council approved a temporary reduction in the speed limit on Highway 69/59 to 55 miles per hour as it passes through Humble. The approval is necessary in anticipation of repairs to be made to the San Jacinto Bridge and its approaches by TxDOT in the near future. The repairs are required as a result of hurricane-related flooding of the San Jacinto River. The affected area includes both the north and southbound lanes of the highway in Humble. The reduced speed limit will go into effect as needed during the repair project.

Humble City Manager Darrel Boeske pointed out that the City of Humble only approved what it has the authority to approve within the city’s boundaries, from FM 1960 north to the city limits (about 500 feet south of the San Jacinto River), a distance of 1.610 miles. However, the speed reduction will also be applied by the City of Houston and TxDOT to the roadway north of Humble to include the bridge and its northern approaches as the repairs are made.

“It’s for damage to the main freeway. TxDOT did emergency repairs to get it open, but they knew they needed to do more extensive repairs,” Boeske said. He pointed out that during the flood, the force of the water actually moved the big concreted lane barriers and even bent one of them.

In other business, the council amended the City of Humble Design Criteria Manual for wastewater collection systems, water lines, storm drainage and street paving and the city’s Standard Construction Specifications for wastewater collection systems; approved a change order for the Northshire lift station upgrade, new force main, new gravity sewer, and other associated improvements to the project between the city and Klotz Associates in the amount of $30,360; approved an amendment to a contract with ARKK Engineers to provide engineering services for the Isaacks Road Extension Project in an amount not to exceed $85,650; approved a variance request made by Harry Gendel Architects on behalf of Aspen Manufacturing to allow for decorative metal paneling in lieu of masonry; approved a subdivision plat of the Park Air development of 36.069 acres of land; and approved insurance committee recommendations for the 2018 City of Humble group insurance plan year.

There being no further business or public comments, Mayor Merle Aaron said, “Before we close all I can say is: Go Astros!”

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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.