Transportation

New Connector Ramp Aims To Ease Congestion In North Harris County

Commuters can soon start using a new connector ramp that’s designed to cut down on congestion in north Harris County. The ramp takes drivers from southbound SH 249 to the westbound Sam Houston Tollway.

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The new connector ramp puts drivers directly on the Sam Houston Tollway westbound mainlanes from southbound SH 249.
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle cuts the ribbon for the new connector ramp.
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle (center) cuts the ribbon for the new connector ramp.

 

Right now if you’re traveling southbound on State Highway 249, and you want to get on the Sam Houston Tollway westbound, you have to exit on the feeder road and weave through lanes to get to the entrance.

Harris County Toll Road Executive Director Gary Trietsch says about 20,000 vehicles a day pass through the nearby toll plaza. He say the new direct connector will make things a lot safer since drivers won’t have to worry about all the lane changes.

“Because of the high volume there are a bunch of accidents that happen at that intersection,” says Trietsch. “It should eliminate a lot of those accidents.”

Crews will put up new signs this weekend and the ramp is expected to be open for Monday’s commute.

You’ll need a toll tag to use it. If you don’t have one, you’ll still have to go through the cash lane on the feeder road.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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