Interstate 10 West - Katy Freeway

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Interstate 10 U.S. 90 West
Curving westward away from IH 45 along Whiteoak Bayou, IH 10 (Katy Freeway) passes under Houston Avenue ahead of Exit 767B with Taylor Street. Photo taken 12/24/05.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 767B) with Taylor Street north to Greater Heights and south to the Washington Avenue Coalition / Memorial Park neighborhood. Photo taken 12/24/05.
Continuing west from Taylor Street, IH 10 passes under Studemont Street along side Stude Park ahead of Exit 766. Photo taken 12/24/05.
Exit 766 consists of a slip ramp onto the Katy Freeway Service Road west to Heights Boulevard and Yale Street at Greater Heights in Houston. Photo taken 12/24/05.
The Katy Freeway was rebuilt and modernized in 2011-13 across White Oak Bayou. Exit 765B to the couplet of Shepherd Drive north and Durham Drive south was reconfigured to depart ahead of Patterson Street. Photo taken 12/24/05.
Dropping below grade, IH 10 (Katy Freeway) proceeds west to Exit 765A to T.C. Jester Boulevard. Overpasses along this section of IH 10 were rebuilt and an auxiliary lane added in 2011-13. Photo taken 12/24/05.
Exit 765A ascends from IH 10 westbound at the Durham Drive overpass for T.C. Jester Boulevard. T.C. Jester Boulevard winds northwest along Whiteoak Bayou into the Lazy Brook / Timbergrove community. Photo taken 12/24/05.
IH 10 west next meets the couplet of Washington Avenue north and Westcott Street south at a diamond interchange (Exit 764). Photo taken 12/24/05.
Westcott Street south leads to Memorial Park and Washington Avenue north to Katy Road, the former alignment of U.S. 90. Photo taken 12/24/05.
A Union Pacific Railroad line angles across the Katy Freeway at the departure of Exit 764 for Washington Avenue north, Westcott Street south and the Washington Avenue Coalition / Memorial Park community. Photo taken 12/24/05.
IH 10 runs along the north side of Memorial Park between Washington Avenue (Exit 764) and Interstate 610 (Exit 763). The Katy Freeway was built as a minimalist facility in 1958-61 as cheaply as possible, with six lanes and no room for expansion. Photo taken 12/24/05.
IH 10 expands west from the four level interchange (Exit 763) with IH 610 with the Katy Tollway. The West Loop of IH 610 circles northward to U.S. 290 and the Central Northwest community and south to the city of Bellaire and the Meyerland Area in Houston. Photo taken 12/24/05.
IH 10 west of Loop 610 was originally a six lane freeway with an added HOV lane. Reconstruction of the Katy Freeway west from IH 610 to SH 99 (Grand Parkway) expanded IH 10 at Exit 761A to a 13 lane freeway plus a tolled express lane in each direction. Photo taken 12/24/05.
Wirt Road extends north Chimney Rock Road and Greater Uptown in Houston to IH 10 at Exit 761A. Northward the boulevard runs along the Hilshire Village city line to Houston's Spring Branch East community. Photo taken 12/24/05.
Advancing west through the Houston suburban areas of Eldridge / West Oaks and Alief, IH 10 meets Eldridge Parkway at Exit 753A. The original six lane freeway here was rebuilt and expanded with ten general travel lanes plus four lanes for the Katy Tollway. Photo taken 05/27/05.
Grand Parkway, the third loop encircling the Houston area, crosses paths with IH 10 (Katy Freeway) at Exit 743. The tolled beltway (SH 99) originates from IH 69/U.S. 59 at the Greatwood community east of Rosenburg and travels north to Tomball and east to IH 69/U.S. 59 near the Kingwood Area of northeast Houston. Photo taken 05/27/05.
Interstate 10 West
U.S. 90 splits with IH 10 west along Highway Boulevard leading into the city of Katy. The Katy Freeway turns southward by Katy Mills mall to Pin Oak Road (Exit 740) and FM 1463. Photo taken 05/27/05.
IH 10 crosses the Waller County line on the seven mile drive west from Katy to Brookshire. The Cane Island Parkway improvement project added a diamond interchange (Exit 739) along IH 10 for the master-planned West Ten Business Park. Cane Island Parkway opened south from IH 10 to FM 1463 on August 31, 2018.1 Photo taken 05/27/05.
FM 359 (Waller Avenue) represents the first of overlapping diamond interchanges joining IH 10 (Katy Freeway) with the city of Brookshire. FM 359 starts east of Hempstead at U.S. 290 and travels 23.55 miles south to Pattison and U.S. 90 in Brookshire. The southern branch of FM 359 follows a stair stepped route southeast 22.65 miles to Fulshear and U.S. 0 Alternate at Richmond. Photo taken 05/27/05.
FM 1489 (Koomey Road) stems south from U.S. 90 (Front Street) and IH 10 (Exit 731) in Brookshire 8.96 miles to FM 1093 at Simonton. The overall 16.88 mile route of FM 1489 leads to SH 36 at Orchard and FM 1952 in western Fort Bend County. Photo taken 05/27/05.
Costing $141.5 million and running through October 2022, IH 10 west from FM 359 in Brookshire to the Brazos River is being rebuilt as part of an overall 16 mile project west to FM 3538 in Austin County. Work includes reconfiguring ramps at Exits 731 and 732, replacing mainline overpasses and converting frontage roads from two-way to one-way.2 Photo taken 05/27/05.
The first of two picnic areas between Houston and San Antonio was located in the median between freeway lanes along IH 10 at Bessies Creek. The picnic area was shuttered after 2008 and subsequently demolished. Photo taken 05/27/05.


 
Sources:
  1. "Fort Bend officials celebrate opening of Cane Island Parkway." Houston Chronicle (TX), September 11, 2018.
  2. I-10 Austin and Waller Counties. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), project web site. Accessed July 16, 2019.


Photo Credits:

05/27/05, 12/24/05 by Kevin Trinkle

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Page Updated 07-16-2019.