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West Houston is Growing–and Growth Fuels Traffic Congestion

Many people are looking for that illusive work-life balance. One factor is the convenience of living close to work. However, traffic and congestion can make time and distance become totally unrelated.

Traffic congestion in major cities has a tendency to do this–and this traffic and congestion can sprawl out to the near urban and suburban areas. According to the 2014-2015 census, Houston is second only to New York city in ranking for the fastest growing cities in the United States. With that growth, the West Side of Houston has felt the strain.

The convenience of the Westchase Area in Houston has attracted thousands of newcomers to the area. From the Sam Houston Tollway on the west side, key major roads like Westheimer are thoroughfairs to access key attractions like the Galleria.

According to Houston Public Media, “over 90,000 people work in the Energy Corridor near Interstate-10 and State Highway 6 […] and thousands more live and work in the surrounding areas.” With the increased congestion in the area, drivers need to stay aware to avoid other drivers that may be distracted by cell phones or not playing by the rules of the road.

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