‘Someone screwed up’: New signage along 290 has some drivers confused

HOUSTON – Corey O’Brien was recently driving on Highway 290 toward Cypress when he saw something he had never seen before and it puzzled him.

“It seems pretty obvious that someone screwed up,” O’Brien said.

The far-left outbound lane of 290 was now a high occupancy vehicle lane from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.

“The signs seemed to be opposite for the time. Going outbound was during the morning. It just seemed backward to me,” O’Brien said.

KPRC 2 contacted Houston Transtar and Josh Shideler, a public information officer, said, “It looks like some HOV signs were placed incorrectly. Signs for the outbound lanes were placed on the inbound side and vice versa. So the times described appear as incorrect.”

KPRC 2 contacted TxDOT and the spokesperson who oversees the 290 project said the signage is correct.

“The HOV signage is correct. It’s an off-peak HOV lane ... for two-plus and buses. If we switched the hours, it would take away a general-purpose lane from the traveling public during peak travel times,” said Deidra George, a public information officer.

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