Houston News : We no longer have the most congested road in Texas


Dec. 2, 2020Updated: Dec. 2, 2020 5:10 p.m.

Traffic crawls along during a morning commute on the West Loop near the Galleria.

Jill Karnicki / Staff photographer

Houston just lost a No. 1 ranking in the state of Texas. But save any disappointment—it wasn’t exactly a badge of honor.

In Texas A&M University’s annual study of the most congested roadways in Texas, a stretch of I-35 in Austin bumped part of the West Loop from its top spot, making IH-610 from Katy Freeway to Southwest Freeway now the second most congested roadway in Texas. West Loop was previously ranked number one the past two years.

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According to the study (and probably many Houstonian anecdotes), the peak time for the 610 stretch is 5 p.m. for both northbound and southbound. The average speed going southbound at 5 p.m. is 20 mph, versus northbound’s 30 mph.

This particular stretch of IH 610 sees over 220,000 vehicles drive over it every day. Basically, after 5:30 a.m., there’s no hope of hitting 60 mph in either direction there.

We shouldn’t feel too excited yet, though. Harris County is home to six of the top 10 most congested roadways in the state, and surrounding region around Harris County is heavily represented in the top 100 ranking, with 36 overly congested roads ranging from Sugar Land to The Woodlands.

Not exactly something to brag about, but not unexpected either.

Abigail Rosenthal joined Chron in 2020. Previously, she was a digital reporter for Gannett and the Austin American-Statesman. She loves dogs, “Gilmore Girls” and forcing her Spotify playlists on her friends.

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