The 10 Worst Roads in Houston (Right Now)
5. South Shepherd between West Gray and US 59
Much like other roads in the area, South Shepherd is extremely busy making it nearly impossible to shut down and repair well. It would also be difficult to expand it and widen the lanes thanks to businesses and the affluent River Oaks neighborhood along its path. But, it is still one of the quicker north-south routes between US 59 and Memorial. At some point, the city needs to bite the bullet and make traffic worse so it can eventually get better.
It's bad enough that this stretch of Westheimer has such narrow lanes. Between Taft and Montrose, you may as well consider this a two-lane road despite the painted white lines to the contrary. But, toss in a bumpy ride courtesy of a mess of a road and you have a recipe for side swipes. It is difficult to imagine shutting down Westheimer to repair this mess, but they are managing to do that to the section just west of Shepherd, so hope springs.
It's ironic that in such an affluent part of town there would be a road so hideous that most drive below posted speed limits. This rather short (thankfully) stretch of pavement near Rice University has fault lines and poorly-filled potholes covering it while neighborhood streets that cross it sit pristine and even.
Better known as the University of Houston, it is a joke that the primary artery traversing our city's biggest college looks like the beaches of Normandy after allied forces landed on D-Day. Other streets in the area are awful as well, but nothing compares to this damaged and neglected stretch of road. Fortunately, with the light rail going in soon near the north end of campus, people can avoid Cullen altogether.
Recently, Senator John Cornyn, a staunch opponent of all things light rail, met with supporters at high-end restaurant Tony's in Greenway Plaza to declare light rail on Richmond dead. One of the plans had been to run a line down Richmond Avenue through Greenway Plaza and over to the Galleria. Area businesses and residents balked, but it is hard to understand why anyone would block the chance of fixing what is the most God-forsaken road in the entire city. I tried to narrow it down to a stretch, but the fact is, Richmond is a hideous, pothole-infested disaster area from Main Street to the Beltway. In fact, if you went farther east after it becomes Wheeler, you could start a whole new section. Why this mostly four-lane road hasn't been extensively repaired is beyond me, but it certainly qualifies as the worst in town.