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TxDOT Starts Work To Remake Houston’s Most Congested Freeway Interchange

Transportation planners are hoping to eliminate a lot of the problems that lead to crashes and backups.

  • Overhead view of the 610 West Loop/I-69 interchange. (Photo Credit: TxDOT)
    Overhead view of the 610 West Loop/I-69 interchange. (Photo Credit: TxDOT)
  • Overhead view of work underway at I-69 and the 610 West Loop (Photo Credit: TxDOT )
    Overhead view of work underway at I-69 and the 610 West Loop (Photo Credit: TxDOT )
  • Initial work is already underway at the 610 West Loop/I-69 interchange.  (Photo Credit: TxDOT )
    Initial work is already underway at the 610 West Loop/I-69 interchange. (Photo Credit: TxDOT )
  • 610 West feeder road near the I-69 interchange.  (Photo Credit: TxDOT)
    610 West feeder road near the I-69 interchange. (Photo Credit: TxDOT)

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I-69 at the 610 West Loop is a traffic hot spot in Houston. The two freeway segments that meet at the interchange top the list of the most congested in Texas, according to the Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Danny Perez, a spokesman for TxDOT, says a project the Department has already started is designed to eliminate a lot of the weaving motions that lead to crashes in the hot spot. They want to give drivers more time to make decisions before they have to merge.

"You'll have increased capacity on connector ramps for instance," explained Perez. "So if you're going 610 northbound to 69 going northbound you'll have a wider connector that will be set further back."

The project includes higher and wider ramps along with other improvements. Perez says the work could take up five to six years but they're hoping to finish sooner.

"At some point in the future within the next year to two years, you're going to see more of the main lane closures where we're starting to hang beams," said Perez. "But thankfully we've not had to do that thus far."

The work will cost about $259 million and some of it is funded through Texas Clear Lanes, an initiative to unsnarl the state's most crowded roadways.

 

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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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