Traffic Woes Continue Two Weeks After Ike

It’s about two weeks since Hurricane Ike and traffic is still a nightmare in some parts of the city. City crews are working to get damaged lights back up and running, but getting back and forth to work is still taking much longer than normal. Bill Stamps has more.

As you drive around Houston, its obvious traffic conditions have improved in the past two weeks. Now instead of just about every light being down — depending on where you live — it’s just an occasional light that still not working. Chris Russ drives a cab for a living. For them traffic can actually mean more money, but they’d still prefer to not have it.

“It gave us a little money but still time is important. If it takes you a long time in traffic then you can’t come back in time to get another fare.”

image of down traffic signs and lights after Hurricane IkeSharon Cryder is a receptionist who has to drive from Alvin to Houston each day. Since Ike, an already long commute has gotten almost unbearable.

“One day it took me two hours to get home and one time I got it down to an hour and 40 minutes.”
Cryder says things have gotten a little better since they started putting traffic officers at major intersections. Still many Houstonians who used to complain about a half hour commute would give anything to have those days back.

Bill Stamps. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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