HOUSTON -- If you drive along Buffalo Speedway, you've probably noticed heavier traffic than usual. A massive project is now underway to try to ease traffic in this heavily congested area, but the slow-downs now could help out later.
Buffalo Speedway is no stranger to change. Just ask Charita McGee who has witnessed the transformation of the thoroughfare, and the areas around it, from her job at The Root of You Day Spa and Salon. "With the addition of the new HEB, it's gotten a lot busier on the roadways across from the salon," she told us. The location of the salon has proven to be a blessing and a curse. "It's a great location for business walk-ins like that, but some of our regular clients have a lot of issues with the traffic."
Traffic is the issue the Upper Kirby District is trying to fix. This week, workers closed the east side of Buffalo Speedway between US-59 and Bissonnet. It's the first big step in a nine-month construction project designed to prevent traffic jams. When it's finished, the current four-lane roadway will be repaved to a six-lane roadway to create more room. Workers are also moving the overhead utilities underground, which will improve visibility and make it a prettier place to drive. "I think it is important for the landscaping the building and the things like that matches the demographic of people that are in the area," McGee told 11 News. "It's going to be hard going through the process... hopefully it will be worth it."