Less traffic? Portion of Highway 290 east opens to 5 lanes

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - Houstonians know all too well about the heavy traffic on U.S. 290, and some even call it the devil's playground. But as of Monday, the highway has opened five lanes.

For a long time, concrete barriers were up during construction, narrowing the space for drivers.

TxDot crew officials said the eastbound mainlanes of 290 from Pinemont to 610 is in its final layout.

The widening of the freeway may potentially ease up traffic congestion by giving drivers more room.

The westbound lanes are still under construction.

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