Here are some of the plans theÂ Harris County commissioners looked overÂ this week as they reviewed the engineering study for theÂ proposal to raise the Astrodome’s below-grade floor and stick a parking garage beneath it.Â The view above shows an entrance ramp for cars from the east, with a service ramp running up from the southwest; NRG Stadium is shownÂ 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 projectÂ is now taking inquiriesÂ from all comers over on Reddit.Â The thread started up yesterday and was still active this morning; topics addressed so far have included how the latestÂ proposal would be funded, theÂ feasibility of thatÂ spiral-ey skeletonized park idea, and the surprising number of people who have suggested turningÂ 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 atÂ more views of the proposed changes to the structure — here’s what theÂ ground-level park onÂ Level 3 might look like, with pedestrian entrances on all 4 sides:
Â RegularÂ 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 Astrodomeâ€™s Flood Levels with Parking; Judge Emmett Has At Least 6 Things to Say about the Astrodome; Astrodome coverage
Images: Harris County Engineering Department