Last section of Sam Houston Tollway opens Saturday

February 21, 2011 9:34:35 AM PST
A Houston-area tollway that's been in the works for decades is nearly finished. The final section of the nearly $1.5 billion Sam Houston Tollway opens Saturday.

The Houston Chronicle reports it's the last stretch of the 88-mile ring road first conceived by Houston planning officials in 1952. The projected cost in 1960 was $150 million.

The first major section opened in 1988. The latest 13-mile stretch, on Houston's northeast side, runs from the Eastex Freeway to just south of Highway 90.

The Sam Houston Tollway is owned by the Texas Department of Transportation. The toll lanes are operated by the Harris County Toll Road Authority.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says if you're going to have development, you've got to have roads.