• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: September 2018

Houston Highway 290 U.S. Highway 290 or Northwest Freeway is known for its horrible round-the-clock traffic. The highway is popular for traveling between Austin and Houston. It is not the safest highway with tight lanes, pot holes, constant road closures, and the lack of shoulders makes it difficult to drive.

Unfortunately, there has been a significant number of Highway 290 injuries and car accidents over the years.

In 2011, a project for the redevelopment of U.S. Highway 290 was approved. The project will widen the lanes, reduce the risk of car accidents, and become more efficient for thousands of Houston drivers.

The details of the project consist of 38 miles of construction with eleven lanes, a reversible HOV lane from Loop 610 to Texas 6, a new bridge will be built at 290 and Highway 6, and nine lanes from Texas 6 to Waller County. The 2.5 billion investment covers construction, utility relocation, design and engineering.

As the project reaches another milestone, there is a scheduled road closure from Friday, September 14th to Monday, September 17th.  Take a moment to plan your trips in advance by setting aside enough time and reviewing proper routes. As a courtesy, Sutliff & Stout manages Live Houston Traffic Updates for you.

To help plan your route, here’s a list of scheduled closures:

Closure 1

Total closure of the US 290 westbound mainlanes from Bingle to FM 529 from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Motorists will be detoured to take the Bingle exit, continue on the westbound frontage road and re-enter the mainlanes after FM 529. Drivers leaving the Houston area can also take I-10 West to TX-99 North to pick up US 290.

Closure 2

Total closure of the US 290 eastbound mainlanes from West Little York to Hollister from 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Motorists will be detoured to the FM 529 exit, continue on the eastbound frontage road, and re-enter the mainlanes after Hollister.

Closure 3

Total closure of the Beltway 8 north and southbound direct connectors to US 290 westbound from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Beltway 8 northbound motorists will be detoured to take the W. Little York exit, continue on the Beltway 8 northbound frontage road, turn left on the US 290 westbound frontage road and enter the US 290 main lanes after FM 529.

Beltway 8 southbound motorists will be detoured to take the West Road exit, continue on the Beltway 8 southbound frontage road, turn right on the US 290 westbound frontage road and enter the US 290 main lanes after FM 529.

Closure 4

Two inside mainlanes of US 290 eastbound closed from FM 1960 to Beltway 8 from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Closure 5

Total Closure of the Beltway 8 north and southbound direct connectors to US 290 eastbound from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Beltway 8 northbound motorists will be detoured to the W. Little York exit, continue on the Beltway 8 northbound frontage road, right on the US 290 eastbound frontage road and enter the US 290 main lanes after Hollister.

Beltway 8 southbound motorists will be detoured to the West Road exit, continue on the Beltway 8 southbound frontage road, left on the US 290 eastbound frontage road and enter the US 290 main lanes after Hollister.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident on U.S. Highway 290 or anywhere else in the Houston or Austin area, it is important to contact a legal expert to help you evaluate your options. Call (713) 987-7111 or to discuss your car accident injury case.

Sources: My 290, https://www.click2houston.com/news/highway-290-widening-to-five-lanes-to-be-completed-soon

Hank Stout

Hank Stout is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury and Accident Law Firm. Hank earned is doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2004. He was recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star from 2012-2014. He has earned a Superb rating by Avvo, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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