Houston’s Highway System Is A Mess

You would think that getting from point A to point B on a Saturday night should be relatively simple..

However, in my quest to go from Sugar Land to I-10 and Silber (the Marquee shopping center), I initially thought to go 59->Beltway 8->I-10. First on 59, there was an accident that had ALL BUT ONE lane of the highway closed down. Then, as I’m approaching Beltway 8, I see that the north bound entrance ramp is closed.

So I start heading towards 610. Well it appears that the north bound entrance of 610 was closed too, so I had to go down 59 some more, exit, and do a u-turn. The entrance ramp on that side of the freeway was closed as well, and I had to then stay on the feeder until I finally got to 610. Why does getting around have to be so difficult?!

Not to mention that, while driving on the exit that goes from 610 to I-10, I felt like I was driving through a war zone. Debris and demolished roads all around. Needless to say, Houston’s not looking too pretty right now.

3 Comments so far

  1. LessCowbell (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    In the immortal words of Captain Murphy of Sealab 2021, “A throat needs to be slit and we don’t know where to lay the blade!!!!”

  2. Governor (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    You know, I almost prefer to take the toll roads to avoid much of the mess on the west side of the city… but even the toll roads are screwed up! It seems like the construction on the I-10/610 area will never stop. Seems like every morning I hear about accidents and massive traffic problems in that area. Why on earth people chose to get into that mess is beyond me.

  3. Robert (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

    Construction and Houston go hand-in-hand these days. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see orange barrels or signs somewhere around town. I’ve just learned to deal with it by taking side street and back roads.

    But I gotta say, out on I-10 West towards Katy, things are starting to look nice. I think I see 12+ lanes of high speed traffic in the near future…

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