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There are several ways to get to/from and around the city of Houston, Texas. Let’s explore them.

Of course you can always use a mapping software such as Google Maps to determine how to get here by car. The city is easily accessible via the Eisenhower Highway system.

I-45 runs north/south, I-10 runs East/West through the city and I-69/US 59 runs north/south through the city.

I-610 (The Look), Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway/Tollway) and US 9 runs around the city in concentric circles.

Like many U.S. cities, the highways have local names. Despite the fact that I’ve lived here since 1996, I still don’t know some of the names. Here’s a list of names that you will hear when you visit Houston.

  • Baytown Freeway: SH 146
  • Baytown-East Freeway: I-10 Eastbound
  • Crosby Freeway: US 90
  • Cypress Parkway: FM1960
  • Decker Drive: Spur 330
  • Downtown Split: Spur 330
  • Eastex Freeway – I-69/US 59 Northeast
  • Emmett F. Lowry Parkway: FM1764
  • Fort Bend Parkway/Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road: Fort Bend Tollway
  • Grand Parkway: SH 99
  • Gulf Freeway – I-45 South as its heads to the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston
  • Hardy Toll Road: The Hardy
  • Katy Freeway: I-10 Westbound
  • La Porte Freeway: SH225
  • The Loop, 610 Loop, Loop 610: I-610
  • North Freeway: I-45 North
  • Northwest Freeway: US 290
  • Sam Houston Tollway: Beltway 8
  • South Freeway: SH 288
  • Southwest Freeway: I-69/US 59 Southwest
  • Spur 5: Spur 5
  • Tomball Parkway: SH249
  • The Westpark: Westpark Tollway


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