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Baytown Has A Plan To Ease Congestion On Its Busiest Roadway

The city hopes some new turning lanes will help keep things moving.

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Baytown officials say every time they survey citizens, traffic tops the list as the community's worst problem. Their most congested route is Garth Road, the busy four-lane thoroughfare that intersects with I-10.

Baytown Director of Engineering Jose Pastrana says Garth wasn't built to accommodate today's heavy traffic. He adds it's really tough if you're trying to make a right turn.

"Whenever you come to a signal when you want to turn right, you may be the lone vehicle that wants to turn right but you can't turn right because the guy in front of you doesn't want to turn right," says Pastrana.

To help the traffic flow, Baytown is now building a series of right turn lanes on Garth. They're planned for I-10, Cedar Bayou Lynchburg, and Baker Road.

Pastrana says they're starting with the Baker project because it's away from the holiday shopping areas and they hope to keep construction delays to a minimum. After the holidays they’ll move on to the other two intersections.

As for other Baytown mobility projects, the city is also building San Jacinto Boulevard, a parallel roadway designed to pick up some of Garth Road's traffic.

Have a look at the traffic plan here:

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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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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