[BVC-CHAT] Anyone checked FM 166 closure status & alternatives?
thomaswoodfin at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 11 10:35:23 CDT 2008
So we're headed to Caldwell early Sunday morning for my 55-Bday 'ride my age' celebration. Anyone checked out the 166 closure status? Are there Detour signs up? Am I just going to be wandering around the countryside with my partner in the slipstream asking me how much further?
Thomas M. Woodfin, ASLA RLA
3215 Innsbruck Circle
College Station, TX
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Subject: Re: [BVC-CHAT] [Riders] FM 166 closure
On Jul 7, 2008, at 4:57 PM, Willie Allen wrote:
> Today's Eagle had an info blurp
Is that a result of info overload? "*blurp* 'scuse me! I ingested
too much info!" :-)
> regarding the impending closure of FM166 starting 7/14. The road
> will be closed to all but local traffic between CR 233 and CR 234.
> This appears to be about 1 mile before the cementary where Berry
> Creek crosses 166 just before the hard left - uphill incline - then
> hard right just as we approach the cementary and traditional free
> for all finish into Caldwell. The blurp states that FM 166 will be
> closed for 2 months.
I just spoke with a TXDot engineer and he said the entire stretch
between 1362 and 2058 will be closed in order to replace three
culverts. However, I don't see any creek beds on Google maps til
about two miles after 1362, so he may have just been giving rough
> Proposed solution #1: Left at tunis onto 2039, right on CR 246,
> right onto CR 244, right onto FM 3058
This also involves a little jog onto 236, which is what actually runs
> and left into Caldwell on FM 166.
That's probably the best solution, though another possibility is to go
*left* on 244 and take that straight to 2058. Distance is about the
same, but it means more time on a more heavily traveled road (though,
as I recall, one with a wide shoulder). Either way, we're looking at
an additional five miles or so to get from Tunis to Caldwell.
> Proposed solution #2: Stay on FM 166 to CR 236 then left, take CR
> 236 to FM 3058 and finish as above.
That will not work as 236 is between 233 and 234. If we can manage to
get to 243 (about a mile past 1362) we could take it directly to 236,
and that would cut about three miles out of the proposed route, but I
have no idea what 243 is like; I don't recall seeing anything paved
leading off of 166 at that point. Similarly for 248, which cuts off
of 166 past Tunis, and which would also only mean about two extra
miles -- not that I mind the extra five of Willie's proposal. I may
ride out and have a look on Thursday.
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