Houston's 10 Most Treacherous Freeway Entrance Ramps
5. US 59 northbound from Chimney Rock
Whoever thought it was a good idea to put an entrance ramp smack dab in the middle of a freeway interchange wasn't having his best day on the job. This is certainly the worst example of that poor feat of engineering. It is a near impossibility to get from feeder road to 59 northbound most times and it only increases traffic in an already desperately clogged area.
4. US 59 southbound from Greenbriar
This is one of the few problem spots that has as much to do with the side street as it does with the feeder road or the ramp itself. Climbing the ramp to enter the freeway in the tangle of traffic near Kirby is bad enough, but there are two right turn lanes from Greenbriar onto the feeder road because engineers chose this spot to merge Greenbriar and Shepherd. Cars flying from the farthest left turn lane make it difficult for those in the right lane to get near the entrance ramp, let alone enter it.
3. I-45 southbound just before Dallas
This is the first of two entrances in this immediate area. Yet another decline onto a freeway with no merge lane is the feature here. Because it sends drivers careening into busy traffic heading for the Pierce Elevated, it is especially dangerous. The fact that it is always crowded with people means everyone drives it cautiously and slowly, the latter a recipe for disaster.
2. US 59 southbound from Spur 527
I imagine that an Indy car driver was the person who designed this concrete slingshot that banks like a bobsled course before sending drivers hurtling towards 59. It is an equal shock if you are on 59 going south and see cars flying in from your right at insane speeds. You can, if you know the area, get in the far right lane and give yourself more time to merge safely, but no one does. Instead, they live out some slalom course fantasies at the expense of everyone else.
1. I-45 southbound from Allen Parkway
There is no better place to look fear and death in the eye on Houston freeways than this roller coaster entrance onto I-45 just north of the Pierce Elevated. It is common to see a person sitting at the end of the twisting and turning ramp, dead stopped and praying to God for mercy after having chosen to take this route. It is equally as common to see a lunatic with a death wish rocket onto the freeway like he was fired out of a pistol. How this ramp continues to exist is a mystery to me and a constant terror to anyone who must use it or drive near it.