Commissioner Jack Morman and Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell have announced the start of construction to improve Garner Road by adding a continuous center-turn lane between Shaver Street and Pasadena Boulevard. “The construction will inconvenience travelers, but we’ll move quickly and hope to be finished by the third quarter of 2017 or sooner,” said Commissioner Morman.
Construction of the $5.7 million project will temporarily limit Garner Road to a one-way street for traffic heading eastbound. Traffic driving westbound will be detoured to Austin Avenue in order to access Shaver Street.
Construction also includes a temporary closure of Dade Street between Allendale Road and Campbell Avenue. Alternate routes such as Shaver Street or Miami Road are recommended during this time. Map of detours and road closures.
Garner Road is just one of the joint ventures between Harris County Precinct 2 and the City of Pasadena. The City and County have also partnered in the widening of Randolph Road between Spencer Highway and Red Bluff Road. Despite the recent weather conditions, this project is currently on schedule for its third quarter 2016 completion date.
Pasadena's Office of Emergency Management has activated its Extreme Heat Emergency Plan and recommends the following precautionary/preparedness actions:
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water hours before going out into the heat. While outside, take frequent breaks and continue to drink plenty of water.
• Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
• To reduce risk during outdoor work, schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
• Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency; call 911.
• Each year, many fatalities occur nationwide due to children accidentally being left in vehicles during the summer months. In the past dozen years, 500 children have died due to being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. Remember: beat the heat; check the backseat.
• Both library locations will serve as Cooling Centers. The central library is located at 1201 Jeff Ginn Memorial Drive, and the Fairmont library is located at 4330 Fairmont Pkwy. Both libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Qualified senior citizens and people with disabilities who live in Pasadena can get up to $75 per month to pay for transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, errands and social activities through the City's RIDES program.
The RIDES program is offered to residents who are unable to drive themselves due to physical or medical reasons, or who do not own a vehicle. Participants in the program must also meet income restrictions
Anyone interested in becoming a RIDES participant must submit an application, which is available online
or at Pasadena’s Madison Jobe Senior Center (1700 E. Thomas).
Applicants must also submit:
- Proof of household income
- A copy of their current Social Security Award Letter
- Last month’s bank statement
- A copy of a valid driver’s license or ID card with picture
- A completed physician's disability statement (if applicant has a disability and is under the age of 65)
For more information, contact RIDES Coordinator Jesus Sanchez at (713) 477-0175.
Readers of all ages can win prizes and attend special programs, events and classes throughout the summer by participating in the Pasadena Public Library's Summer Reading Program. The program is open to all ages, from infants and preschoolers to students and adults, with prizes and programs tailored to each age group.
Registration opens on Monday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at both the central library (1201 Jeff Ginn) and the Fairmont branch (4330 Fairmont). The program is free to participate in, and throughout the summer, participants can earn entries into prize drawings by reading the books of their choice.
The Summer Reading Program also features more than 100 events this summer, including: cooking classes, magic shows, musical performances, financial presentations, yoga, animal shows and much, much more. All of the programs are free, although online registration
may be required for some.
More details about each program are available on the library's event calendar
. In addition, information about the Summer Reading Program for children is available in this brochure
For more information, visit the library's website
or call (713) 477-0276 (central) or (281) 998-1095.