The Three Worst Houston Freeway Interchanges
2. U.S. 59 at the West Loop
I once read the exit from 610 going west to the Southwest Freeway was on the list of the most traffic accidents per year in the state. That would not surprise me. I hate this exchange so much that I wrote an angry letter to people who drive it last year. At virtually no time of the day is this area not packed with cars and yet drivers moving from one freeway to another are forced into single lanes of traffic.
Coming from 59 south to 610 is equally bad and compounded by an entrance ramp from Chimney Rock -- on my top 10 list last week. From the other direction, the single-lane exit to 610 going north is always packed causing some drives to panic and exit Newcastle, which is an even more painful choice than sitting and waiting on the freeway. There is no hope in this area, only misery. Avoid it at all costs.