Major Thoroughfares
Many of the main arteries in the Houston region are known by several names. To avoid confusions for newcomers, this list includes the “official” name followed by common monikers.

Beltway 8        
Sam Houston Tollway

Interstate 10   
West: Katy Freeway. East: East Freeway

Interstate 45   
North: North Freeway. South: Gulf Freeway. Through downtown: Pierce Elevated

Interstate 610  
The Loop, often preceded by North, South, East or West

US 59              
North: Eastex Freeway. South: Southwest Freeway.

US 90  
East: Beaumont Highway (West: Refer to Interstate 10)

US 290
Northwest Freeway.

Texas 6
Highway 6, Addicks Howell Road, Alvin Sugar Land Road, Addicks Satsuma Road.

Texas 3           
Old Galveston Highway

Texas 225       
La Porte Freeway

Texas 249       
Tomball Parkway

Texas 288       
South Freeway, Nolan Ryan Expressway

Freeway Construction Information

Texas Department of Transportation


Toll Roads and E-Z Tags
If you frequently travel the Sam Houston Parkway or the Hardy Toll Road, consider an E-Z Tag, a prepaid transponder that allow you to move through toll booths. Discounted charges can be deducted from your credit card. For an E-Z Tag application, contact:

Harris County Toll Road Authority
Houston 281-875-3279

Houston TranStar
Real-time traffic and information for your travel needs.

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