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Will Traffic on 290 Ever Be Better?

You can experience some fairly intense traffic jams on many of Greater Houston’s main arteries. But there’s a special rarefied air set aside for U.S. 290, the Northwest Freeway. Exploding population growth in the area, combined with a massive ongoing construction project, makes this one of the most frequently jammed up traffic areas in Greater […]

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You can experience some fairly intense traffic jams on many of Greater Houston’s main arteries. But there’s a special rarefied air set aside for U.S. 290, the Northwest Freeway.

Exploding population growth in the area, combined with a massive ongoing construction project, makes this one of the most frequently jammed up traffic areas in Greater Houston.

As we learn as we talk with Karen Othon of the Texas Department of Transportation, the population surge is the reason for the construction, which will (eventually) rebuild 290 all the way out to FM 2920.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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