The Three Worst Houston Freeway Interchanges

Categories: Traffic

1. Highway 288, U.S. 59 and Interstate 45

And still, nothing compares to the nightmare where Texas Highway 288, U.S. 59 and Interstate 45 intersect. In addition to elevated portions of 45 and 59, massive traffic in and around the Medical Center, the dangerous exit to Spur 527 off 59 just before you reach this confluence, you have a bizarre almost subterranean feel to stretches of 59 between 288 and 45 that are as claustrophobic as they are jammed with people.

With so many exits pushing and pulling drivers all over the highway along this lower level of highway, it's a miracle anyone ever gets to their intended destination. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if someone trying to get to the University of Houston ends up near the Ship Channel weeping and hoping their cell phone doesn't die before help arrives. It doesn't help that drivers here often act like their only job is to avoid any possible slow down, whipping in and out of lanes to find the fastest route to Galveston.

My best advice if you cannot avoid this area is to read many maps carefully. Become a cartographer if you must, but don't drive here unless you know what you are doing and even then, a prayer couldn't hurt.



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15 comments
Becci Himes
Becci Himes

Definitely 59 N. to 288/I45. Do not use the inside two lanes to get ahead of everyone else and then expect me to let you in as you try at last minute to cross the median where those inside lanes split to spur 527.

Jeff Berlat
Jeff Berlat

If people learn to merge it won' t be a problem.

BrodoDiVitello
BrodoDiVitello

Try driving 59 and getting onto either Westpark or Westpark Tollway, it's a mish of impatient, multi-cultural drivers.

Daniel Rodríguez Daál
Daniel Rodríguez Daál

Whoever designed Houston's should be thrown in jail. Why is it that entrance ramp "dump you" into the left lane of the highway?

stinapag
stinapag

My husband and I call the 610, 209, I-10 thing "the clusterfuck."  

Dejan Petkovski
Dejan Petkovski

Definitly those who are responsible for creating intersections/interchanges posting road signs are not doing good job. I will fire all of them if I would have that power. I can guaranty you that I will improve the traffic in Houston for %100 just from my international experience for over 20 years on the roads around the world!

Anse
Anse

A friend of mine had a motorcycle wreck on Number 3 during rush hour one day. Somebody cut him off. The only thing that saved him was the car behind him grinding to a halt and stopping to block traffic. That stretch can be terrifying in a car, I can't imagine what it's like on a motorcycle. He sold the bike and gave up riding for good after that. 

h_e_x
h_e_x

I-10 to 45 South

No one knows how to merge and instead try to cut in at the last minute, causing wrecks. Drivers licenses need to be more difficult to get.

Schitt.C.Rumpney
Schitt.C.Rumpney

@h_e_x  

People know how to merge..they just think they each OWN the roads and we'd better move out their very important way!


Anse
Anse

@h_e_x  What's really infuriating are people who don't let cars merge. There are times when I'm just really glad I don't own a gun, because that sends me over the top. It's like they can't stand the idea of not getting to their destination .02 seconds faster or something. 

conatonc
conatonc

@Anse @h_e_x  It's one thing if you're a driver who doesn't let others merge in out of course. Then you're an asshole. 


The exception is the cars who drive all the way up the merging lane until it disappears and then expect to be let right in. Those people are the assholes and they deserve to sit there and rot rather than successfully cut in the line in front of all the drivers who did it correctly.

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