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Old 06-17-2015, 09:34 AM   #1
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Will be headed from Dallas to Galveston in a couple of weeks. What would be my best option going through or around Houston at 1:00 Pm on a Monday. Should I stay on I45, take 610 or 8 ? Thanks


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if I'm not mistaken all roads lead to I-45 eventually

but IIRC 8 was good for us when we came from the east back to DFW...
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:39 AM   #3
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I would go thru Houston. 45south to 10 east then 59south to 45 south.
45 thru downtown is under construction with narrow lanes.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:22 PM   #4
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I'd take 45 south to the Hardy Toll Road. You'll get on 610 for a very short distance then on 59 to I-45 again. You'll have no issues until 59 and I-45 south of downtown and then it sucks. It always sucks so not much you can do about that section.

You can take the Toll Road or I-45 to Beltway 8 east then get back in I-45 south of town also. It's a lot of tolls but you avoid some more traffic for a while. I've done both and personal prefer the Hardy Toll to 610 to 59 to I-45. There's construction south of town on I-45 which is a pain.

Where are you staying in Galveston?
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At 1:00 p.m. on a weekday, I'd stay on 45 all the way. If you get to Houston during rush hour (3 p.m. and later), you are going to be stuck no matter which route you take.
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I absolutely hate I-45 south of beltway 8 any time of the day, any day of the week. It doesn't matter if it's 1:00 PM or not, it usually sucks and I believe there's construction downtown also. Basically, it's Houston and traffic sucks all the time. No rail system, Houston is pathetic as far as transportation, so there's my opinion of Houston. I try and avoid as much of it as I can.

By the way, no matter how much room you leave for traffic in front of you, you will be cut off constantly. It won't gain the genius that cut you off any benefit but I guarantee you it'll happen non stop. No one will let you over either so put on your turn signal (most Houstonians have no idea what it is) and start changing lanes otherwise you'll never get over. Even if you think there's plenty of room for a lane change, once you use your turn signal, drivers will speed up and try not to let you over because they don't want to get stuck behind you. I just love this and I just keep coming over and watch them slam on their brakes or go off on the shoulder to avoid hitting me. It's the only way to ever get to the exits I need, otherwise I'd never get to my destination.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:21 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies. I have not gone through Houston in several years, and yes I know it can be a mess at times. I see no one has mentioned going I 45 to 610 all the way around to I 45 on the south side of Houston. Any thoughts on doing that? Will I get around the construction on I 45 downtown going this way? Thanks


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Thanks for all the replies. I have not gone through Houston in several years, and yes I know it can be a mess at times. I see no one has mentioned going I 45 to 610 all the way around to I 45 on the south side of Houston. Any thoughts on doing that? Will I get around the construction on I 45 downtown going this way? Thanks


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I'm not familiar with the construction near downtown. I live between Galveston and Houston. When I drive to IAH airport which is on the north side of Houston off 45 I will sometimes take beltway 8 to 45 especially if it's after 3pm. I have a toll pass so it that helps as well. I vote for the beltway but only if there is construction in the downtown area. Otherwise 1pm would not be bad at all to stay on 45.
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Go north to i-40 and turn east or west... Eventually you will see the water... You may have better luck going east if you want water...


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