Houston Traffic Hotspots: I-10 Feeder at Heights/Yale
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.
This bridge is freaking dangerous!
For years there was no exit off of I-10 going east for Heights Boulevard. To get there, you had to exit Studemont and u-turn. But adding a new exit was the least of Heights residents' worries. They got to do battle with a Walmart that set up shop just south of the freeway along Yale. Along with it came many chain restaurants and shops. There's even a Starbucks!
Unfortunately, it did exactly what residents in the area feared. It created a logjam of traffic during rush hour. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the lights along the feeder are long for certain directions and extremely short for others. Never mind the fact that big trucks are not supposed to drive on the Yale bridge because the state has said it is dangerous. And never mind that the area is made more popular by the proliferation of restaurants and shops in both the Heights and the Sixth Ward along Washington Avenue.
The fact is, this interchange is a mess and it shouldn't be. After all the construction, it was supposed to be easier to get in and out on both Heights Boulevard and Yale. It's not. It's more difficult.
Location: Interstate 10 Feeder Road at Heights Boulevard and Yale Street
Direction: All Directions
Time of Day: Rush hours
Probable Destinations: Heights, Washington Avenue, Walmart
Landmarks: Subway, a treacherous bridge, chain restaurants
What's the holdup?
The lights going in pretty much all directions at this multi-street interchange underneath Interstate 10 are screwy. The lights going north and south on both Yale and Heights take way too long and hold up traffic on streets that are too small to support the kind of traffic they have. Perhaps no one realized how popular both the Heights and the Sixth Ward would be. They were wrong.