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Houston drivers can enjoy more open lanes on 290 as construction nears end

Houston drivers can enjoy more open lanes on 290 as construction ends

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It's an early Christmas gift for drivers on 290.  Photo courtesy of TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation has good news for drivers traveling down US-290. TxDOT is urging motorists and businesses along US-290 to celebrate the opening of additional lanes, an extended HOV lane, and entrance and exit ramps.

The US-290 Fair and Fest is happening Saturday, December 15 at the West Little Park and Ride from 10 am to 1 pm. Attendees will be able to enjoy activities, music, and local business vendors during the festival.

Beginning Monday, December 17, a new HOV/HOT (Express) Lane ramp will open for traffic west of Huffmeister Road.

The new entrance ramp will be open Monday through Friday. Inbound traffic may enter between the hours of 5 am and 11 am. Outbound traffic may exit the new location from 1 pm until 8 pm.

The ramp is part of a 2.5 mile extension to U.S. 290's high-occupancy lane network and will create faster, more convenient and reliable service for more commuters.

As a result of the extension, METRO's U.S. 290 HOV/HOT (Express) ramp located west of Eldridge Parkway will close permanently on Friday, December14 at 8 pm.

TxDOT says it will continue to make progress on US-290, and released an additional list of openings scheduled for Monday, December 17:

  • One additional US-290 eastbound mainlane from Barker Cypress to Eldridge will open, creating a total of four mainlanes.
     
  • One additional US-290 westbound mainlane from FM-529 to SH-6 and FM 1960 will open, creating a total of five mainlanes.
     
  • All of US-290 eastbound entrance and exit ramps between Telge and Eldridge will open.
     
  • One additional westbound exit lane at SH-6 and FM-1960 will open, creating a total of two lanes. 

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