No surprise -- Houston's roads are congested

September 2, 2009 4:38:15 PM PDT
It's a fact of life in Houston. You're going to sit in traffic. Now, a new report shows Harris County in particular has a lot of traffic. In fact, the most congested stretch of road in the entire state is here in Houston. It's I-45, going from the North Beltway down to the 610 Loop.

"A lot of heavy traffic, a lot of wrecks," said one driver with whom we spoke.

But it'll do more than just drive you crazy. According to TxDOT, it costs you precious time -- more than 449,000 hours in delays per mile. That adds up to over four million wasted hours per year.

"It doesn't make sense to be wasting that much time on the road," said another driver.

Take a quick glance of the one hundred most congested roads in Texas and you'll see Harris County highways pop up six times in the top 10. That includes four section of I-45 and two other traffic trouble spots, Highway 59 between 610 and 288 and 290 near 610.

"No matter what time of day you drive 290, if there's any problem at all, it's bumper to bumper no matter if you're going inbound or outbound," said motorist Patti Davis.

Relief is coming. TxDOT says it plans to add lanes and frontage roads at 290 near 610. It also plans to add four lanes to I-45. But that's still several years away.

According to TxDOT, some of the projects could take up to 20 years to complete. This is the first year for the TxDOT report and findings. Check the full list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas

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