Final section of Sam Houston Tollway opens

Starting Saturday, you'll be able to travel from the Eastex Freeway to just past Highway 90 without making a single stop.
February 26, 2011 4:21:36 AM PST
The final section of the Sam Houston Tollway opens today, making it possible for drivers to travel from the Eastex Freeway to just past Highway 90 without making a single stop. With the opening of the new northeast section, the Tollway finished ahead of schedule and under budget. Engineers had estimated the roadway at $550 million. Instead, it was finished two months earlier than planned for about $400 million.

Almost 60 years after planning began for the Sam Houston tollway, all 88 miles of the highway is complete.

This northeast portion that extends 13 miles between 59 north and U.S. 90 east was the final piece of the puzzle, now making it possible for drivers to travel from from the Eastex Freeway neat Intercontinental Airport to just passed U.S. 90 without stopping to traffic lights.

While some business owners are happy about it, some residents aren't.

"It's going to be traffic. I don't think that is good," said concerned resident Theresa Carston.

"We are really excited because of the amount of business that is going to drive our way," said Sign-O-Rama business owner Gregg Wiles.

A reforestation plan is also in the works along the corridor which will include planting nearly 60,000 trees. New homes and businesses are already popping up in the area.

The 13-mile section has three lanes in each direction. It will only be open to drivers with EZ tags.


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