TSM Completion Updates

New U-turn/ left-turn option lane at inbound US 290 and W. 43rd Street

In this photo: New U-turn/ left-turn option lane at inbound US 290 and W. 43rd Street

This September 2010 photo shows motorists ready to turn left on to W. 43rd Street from two US 290 inbound frontage road lanes. In the past, the left lane was a U-turn only lane, meaning motorists only had one lane from which to turn left. Converting the U-turn only lane into a U-turn or left-turn lane means more motorists can turn left at the same time, reducing backups on the frontage road. TxDOT made similar improvements at several other US 290 intersections between W. 34th Street and Senate Avenue.

Outbound US 290 exit lane to Beltway 8

In this photo: Outbound US 290 exit lane to Beltway 8

This photo, taken in September 2010, shows motorists using the new extended outbound US 290 exit lane to Beltway 8. This gives motorists the opportunity to access the lane just before Gessner, away from the interchange, instead of right before as was the case in the past. Not only will those motorists have more time and space to make their decision to exit, they will also no longer slow down other motorists who simply want to continue along outbound US 290.

Two-lane exit from outbound US 290 to Jones Road

In this photo: Two-lane exit from outbound US 290 to Jones Road

You can see in this September 2010 photo the new outbound exit to Jones Road, which before had been only one lane. The new configuration allows more motorists exiting to Jones the chance to make that movement at the same time. This provides the opportunity for those motorists to exit the roadway more quickly during peak congestion hours in the afternoons and evenings.

Extended merge lane from Beltway 8 to inbound US 290

In this photo: Extended merge lane from Beltway 8 to inbound US 290

This photo taken in September 2010 shows motorists using the extended lane. You can see the faint white line which shows where the lane used to end, which forced motorists on to the inbound mainlanes right after Beltway 8, often making morning congestion in this area worse. The new lane gives motorists more time and space to enter the inbound lanes, allowing them to do so gradually instead of all at once.