According to the Texas Transportation Institute's annual study, Houston has 10 of the top 20 most congested roads, including #1, #3, #6 and #9:
- W Loop Fwy/IH 610 from Katy Fwy/IH10/US90 to Southwest Fwy/US 59/IH 69
- Southwest Fwy/US 59 from West Loop S/IH 610 to South Fwy/SH 288
- Eastex Fwy/US 59 from East Fwy/IH10/US 90 to South Fwy/SH 288
- North Fwy/IH 45 from N Loop Fwy/IH 610 to IH10/US 90
Our un-scientific research seems to support the study's findings.
"This is the only freeway, I don't think that no matter what time of day you come in go past, it's always busy," driver Carolyn Anderson said.
The study looked at which freeways had the heaviest delays and the most number of commuters. The problem? Researchers say too many drivers and too little space.
"I only drive 59, but I think it's getting worse since more and more people are moving to Houston," Rose Smith said.
Each of Houston's four worst freeways will see construction or expansion. TxDOT plans to build new direct connectors at the 610/59 interchange. And, I-45 and the Eastex Freeway are part of a massive project to reconfigure the freeway system downtown.
But those plans are still five to ten years away.
The challenge going forward? Convincing drivers to carpool, ride the bus, or find new ways to reduce the number of cars... and reduce the number of traffic jams.
The full study can be found on online, including a list of the most congested roads in Houston