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Getting Around Town

Be aware of the posted speeds, for more information visit the Texas DPS Web site.

Freeway names can be confusing, especially when sections of the same freeway have different names. Listed below are the major ones:

This freeway.......

Is also known as.......

I-45 North (from downtown)

North Freeway

I-45 South (from downtown)

Gulf Freeway

I-10 East

East Freeway

I-10 West

Katy Freeway

US-59 North

Eastex Freeway

US-59 South

S.W. Freeway (Lloyd Bentsen Freeway)

288 South

South Freeway (Nolan Ryan Freeway)

Sam Houston Toll Road


Hardy Toll Road

North Belt

As you travel throughout Houston, some of the streets close to the Medical Center area change names.

This Street......



Bellaire (at Buffalo Speedway)

S. Braeswood

N. MacGregor Drive (at Holcombe)

Stella Link Rd

Weslayan (at Bellaire)


Studemont (at Allen Parkway)


Studewood (north of I-10)


Voss (at Westheimer)


Bingle (at I-10)

Elgin (downtown)


Also, N. Braeswood runs into Beechnut at Loop 610 and OST is Old Spanish Trail.

There are two toll roads that will help you avoid Houston's rush hour traffic:

  • The Hardy Toll Road connects the Woodlands with Loop 610 (great for travel to and from Intercontinental Airport)
  • The Sam Houston Toll Road encircles the city.

For information visit EZ-Tags  or call the Harris County Tollroad Authority at 281-875-1400.

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