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Houston Photos, March 2006

Last updated March 26, 2006

Photos taken on March 14 and 24, 2006.

US 59 looking west from Montrose. The new westbound lanes opened just days before this photo.

US 59 looking west from Montrose. This view shows the two-lane HOV in the center. Eastbound traffic was still in a temporary configuration.

Interstate 10 westbound at Blalock. This view shows the wide area to the left which is currently being paved.

Interstate 10 westbound near Bunker Hill.

One of the new piers at the Interstate 10/Beltway 8 interchange.

US 90A (South Main) westbound approaching Post Oak. This shows the new overpass is nearly complete.

US 90A (South Main) westbound approaching the Fort Bend Parkway Tollway. The Fort Bend Parkway ramps opened in 2005 and the US 90A main lanes are currently under construction.

US 90A (South Main) westbound at the Fort Bend Parkway Tollway, underneath the connection ramp to southbound FB Parkway.

US 90A (South Main) approaching Hillcroft westbound, showing the US 90A main lanes overpass under construction.

(Click for high resolution) The demolition of Astroworld (on South Loop 610) was in its final phases on March 14, 2006. This view looks north over the property from Bellfort Boulevard. The main area of Astroworld was between the photo location and the stadiums.

(Click for high resolution) This view looks north-northeast across the location of the former Astroworld.

Demolition of structures on the south side of the Astroworld property, looking north.

Looking north across the Astroworld property.

Looking west across the Astroworld property from Fannin. The Waterworld park was located in the foreground, with Astroworld situated in the background. Dump trucks and excavators were in the process of final smoothing.

Looking northwest from Fannin. This section of the property was Waterworld.

Here is another demolition event in progress along a Houston freeway. This is the former Montgomery Ward at Northline Mall along the North Freeway (IH-45).

This is the location of the extension of the Hardy Toll Road into downtown. Work could begin soon. This view looks north along the corridor from Collingsworth.

This is the Hardy extension corridor looking north at Cavalcade.

This is the Hardy extension corridor looking south at Cavalcade. To the right is an area where property has already been cleared. The road (Maury street) is closed to traffic.

US 59 northbound at University in Sugar Land. Work is in progress to expand the freeway and add frontage roads.

US 59 northbound traffic has been temporarily routed on the new frontage road between University and Sweetwater.

SH 6 looking E-SE at the exit for the Fort Bend Parkway Toll road.

On the SH 6 connection to the Fort Bend Parkway Toll road. The Fort Bend Parkway will eventually be extended to the right. It will be in a trench.

Looking north along the Fort Bend Parkway from the SH 6 overpass. Eventually the FBP main lanes will be built in the excavated area which is filled with water.

Interstate 45 north of Houston, just south of Conroe. Work is in progress to widen the freeway. This construction zone is a major traffic bottleneck.

On the connection ramp from BW8 north to US 59 (Southwest Freeway) northbound, looking northeast.

Construction on US 290 northwest of Houston near the future Grand Parkway intersection, looking east. This section of freeway is now fully limited-access to Hempstead, about 50 miles west of Houston. Currently the freeway is an a variety of interim configurations. Frontage roads are under construction in this view and there is a long area of embankment being stockpiled.

The US 290 freeway east of Prairie View. This freeway opened in the 1990s.

SH 6 between Hempstead and Navasota, looking northbound.

SH 6 between Hempstead and Navasota, looking northbound.