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Beat the Traffic: Crosby Freeway relieves traffic congestion on other thoroughfares

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 15 at 2:37 PM

A brand new freeway is now open, and even though you may not drive on it, it could help you beat the traffic.  The "new" Highway 90 is helping ease traffic in East Harris County.  If you drive on I-10, east of downtown, chances are, you are traveling a little faster, thanks to this brand new detour. 

"It's going to help a lot of people cut a lot of time on the way home and get the traffic off the freeways they were using to get where they were going," Dezirae Fernandez told 11 News.

The Crosby Freeway, also known as the New Highway 90, is seven miles of brand new freeway between Beltway 8 and I-10.  Now Fernandez is enjoying an extra 25 minutes of saved travel time. 

The cut-through provides easy access to communities like Crosby, Dayton, Channelview, and Liberty.  It's also paving the way for growth.  "It's going to be a big deal, you're going to have a lot of economic development that is going to be possible now," Matt Davis, Chamber of the Board of the North Channel Chamber of Commerce explained.

That development includes brand new neighborhoods that have popped up just in the last year.  "They're opening a lot of new subdivisions and a lot of people just couldn't cut through before and now they can," Fernandez explained.  The goal of the project was to provide easy access to those communities, and also pull some of the truck traffic off I-10.  It's a perk for drivers, even if they don't use the new Highway 90. 

"I was never really comfortable driving in such close places with the trucks," driver Ricardo Zuniga.

"We can jump right on it right to the beltway, and it beats a lot of the traffic," Fernandez said.  Now, a new cut-though can help you beat the traffic, too, if you are traveling between I-10 East and Beltway 8.