Here are some of the plans the Harris County commissioners looked over this week as they reviewed the engineering study for the proposal to raise the Astrodome’s below-grade floor and stick a parking garage beneath it. The view above shows an entrance ramp for cars from the east, with a service ramp running up from the southwest; NRG Stadium is shown peeking in on the scene from the left.
Got questions about the plan, or about anything else Dome-related? Someone claiming to be involved with the project is now taking inquiries from all comers over on Reddit. The thread started up yesterday and was still active this morning; topics addressed so far have included how the latest proposal would be funded, the feasibility of that spiral-ey skeletonized park idea, and the surprising number of people who have suggested turning the Dome into an indoor skiing venue.
The poster says they’ll try to keep checking back to answer new questions. While you wait, have a look at more views of the proposed changes to the structure — here’s what the ground-level park on Level 3 might look like, with pedestrian entrances on all 4 sides:
Regular vehicles would be directed by a ramp first to the Level 2 lot, marked up for 700 spaces:
A whole-Dome cross-section shows that ramp silhouetted on the left below:
Level 1 would get a direct service entrance ramp coming from the 7-o’-clock position:
That ramp is shown below in cross-section, with some of the Dome’s interior structures hovering in place for scale:
- Ask Me Anything: Astrodome [Reddit]
- Previously on Swamplot:County Wants To Fill In the Astrodome’s Flood Levels with Parking; Judge Emmett Has At Least 6 Things to Say about the Astrodome; Astrodome coverage
Images: Harris County Engineering Department