U.S. Highway 290 in and out of Houston carries about a quarter of a million vehicles a day. A lot of that traffic enters and exits at Barker Cypress in northwest Harris County.
But thanks to a $2.8 million TxDOT project, commuters can now take advantage of two new ramps linking Barker Cypress and the 290 westbound frontage road.
TxDOT's Karen Othon says the ramps eliminate the need to make left turns at the traffic signal.
"If you can imagine rush hour on 290 you can just picture that it was that bad at that intersection for people that were trying to get home in the evenings, or in the morning trying to get through."
And with fewer cars waiting on the feeder road, that means better access to local businesses.
"What this has done, it frees up that area so you don't have as many cars sitting at that light waiting for it to turn green to let them maneuver either southbound or northbound onto Barker Cypress."
Other 290 projects currently underway include improvements at the 610 Loop and at Beltway 8. And Othon says by this time next year, construction will be underway on the new 290 managed lanes between 610 and State Highway 99.