West Sam Houston Tollway - Outer Loop


Texas Beltway 8 south
Advance signage for West Road and Phillipine Street. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
West Road and Phillipine Street are served by the next exit. Use this exit to reach Gulf Bank Road. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Skirting Jersey Village, the next exit is US 290. Photo taken 6/19/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Now heading southbound, travelers find the exit for US 290. A toll plaza is approaching south of US 290, with the left lanes reserved for EZ Tag drivers. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Climbing on the long, winding ramp to the US 290 connecting ramps from the Sam Houston Tollway. Photo taken 6/19/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
The ramps to US 290 from Sam Houston Tollway south split here in the five level stack interchange. Photo taken 6/19/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Beltway 8 curves gracefully through the curving five level interchange. Photo taken August 10, 2006.

Approaching the next toll plaza, traffic with EZ Tags is directed to the left three lanes, while all other traffic should use the right lane. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
The left three lanes serve EZ Tag traffic, while the remainder serve regular traffic. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Clay Road and Kempwood road are the next two exits. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Clay Road and Kempwood Road exit here. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
This sign is placed after the Clay/Kempwood exit, and is intended for traffic that exited the tollway. Clay Road and Kempwood Road are a further ¼ mile along Beltway 8. Signage along this stretch of road is erratic at best. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Advance signage for Hammerly Boulevard. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
The next exit serves Hammerly Boulevard. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Advance signage for IH 10, the next major interchange along Beltway 8. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Use Hammerly Boulevard to reach Baseball USA, a youth Baseball organization and training field. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Hammerly Boulevard exits here. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Advance signage for the IH 10 Frontage Road, Kimberly Dr and Memorial Drive. Use Westview Drive to access all three. Photo taken August 10, 2006.

Westview Drive exits here. Ironically, the Town and Country Mall is still signed on the second picture, even though the mall was demolished in 2003. This sign was corrected in late 2005. First photo taken August 10, 2006. Second photo taken 5/25/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Use the right lane for IH 10. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
The left three lanes continue as the Sam Houston Tollway, reaching US 59, while the right two lanes exit to IH 10. This stack was completed in 1989 and is currently being demolished and rebuilt as part of the widening of IH 10. Photo taken August 10, 2006.
Climbing up the ramp to IH 10 westbound (in stop and go traffic), an excellent view of the present stack interchange. Photo taken 5/25/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
On the top level, the ramps to IH 10 east and IH 10 west diverge. Photo taken 5/25/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
The next three exits south of IH 10 are Deerwood Drive, Briar Forest Drive and Westheimer Drive. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Beltway 8 is below grade immediately south of IH 10. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Deerwood Drive exits here. Use the next five exits for the Westchase district. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Briar Forest Drive exits here. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Westheimer Road and Richmond Avenue exit here. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Advance signage for the Westpark Tollway westbound. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
The Westpark Tollway westbound meets US 59 at IH 610, ending in Uptown Houston near the Galleria. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Exit here for the Westpark Tollway westbound. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
At the time these pictures were taken, the below-grade ramp to the Westpark Tollway eastbound was not yet open. The guide signs were already placed but covered with black tarpaulins. The next two exits are Bellaire Boulevard and Beechnut Street. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
This bridge carries the Westpark Tollway over the below grade Sam Houston Tollway. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
The next exit serves Bellaire Boulevard. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Bellaire Boulevard exits here. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
The Sam Houston Tollway was being widened when these photos were taken. Beechnut Street exits here. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Bissonnet Street exits here. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Exit here for the US 59 Frontage Road and Beltway 8 frontage road. The next exit is US 59. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
US 59 exits here. The US 59 interchange is a five level interchange, similar in style to the US 290 interchange. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
The Sam Houston Tollway is the third level of the interchange. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Advance signage for West Airport Boulevard and S. Gessner Road. This is the last free exit after the US 59 interchange. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
West Airport Boulevard and South Gessner Road exit here. No permit loads are permitted past this point. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
Advance signage for US 90 Alternate, South Main Street and Fondren Road. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
The right lane becomes an exit only lane for US 90 Alternate. Photo taken December 24, 2005.
US 90 Alternate, South Main Street and Fondren Road exits here. At this point, Beltway 8/Sam Houston Tollway swings east. Photo taken December 24, 2005.

Page Updated September 4, 2006.

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