Houston Traffic Hotspots: The Clear Lake Narrows
In this series, I take a look at places around Houston to avoid during rush hour and offer some alternatives that might keep you from going road rage and killing somebody.
Driving to Galveston? Pack a lunch.
Anytime you need to make a trek out to Clear Lake, Kemah or Galveston, you are practically forced to endure the pain that is the narrowing of the freeway just south of Beltway 8 near Clear Lake. It brings traffic to a crawl, particularly during the summer months when every teenager and family of 10 gets on the road to the beach.
Location: Gulf Freeway at Dixie Farm Road
Time of Day: Worst in Evening Rush and Weekends
Probable Destinations: Clear Lake City, Kemah, Galveston
Landmarks: Deserted prairie, a Mega Church
What's the holdup?
Right past Beltway 8, Interstate 45 South begins to narrow from four lanes down to three. As it does, traffic comes to a standstill virtually at all hours of the day and night. It is particularly bad during rush hour and because it is the preferred route to places like Kemah and Galveston, Saturday and Sunday can also be brutal.