Driving in Houston? These are Houston’s Deadliest Roads.
Houston remains one of the deadliest cities in Texas, at least for those traveling along its roads and highways.
Houston Ranked #2 for Texas Traffic Fatalities Last Year
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the city of Houston saw more than 64,00 traffic accidents last year. Those incidents included 189 fatal crashes that resulted in the deaths of 197 people.
Dallas, with 194 fatal crashes and 202 deaths, was the only Texas city to fare worse in 2018.
Although Houston boasts hundreds of residential streets, as well as several major highways and interstates, a Houston Chronicle analysis found that just 16 roads and highways accounted for nearly half of the city’s traffic-related deaths.
I-45 Was Houston’s Deadliest Road in 2018
At least 27 people died along I-45 during 2018, making it the deadliest road in Houston last year. I-10 was a distant second, with 11 deaths, while I-69 took the third spot, with 10 traffic-related fatalities.
Nine deaths occurred on U.S. Route 59 during 2018, while Airline Road and Texas State Highway Beltway 8 each saw six. Five people died in motor vehicle crashes on Telephone Road, and five others lost their lives on Westheimer Road.
I-69 and Martin Luther King Boulevard each saw four traffic-related deaths last year, while South Sam Houston Parkway, Almeda Road, Main Street, Shepherd Drive, West TC Jester Boulevard, and Fondren Road each reported three.
Houston Aims to End Traffic Deaths by 2020
Houston has long been one of the worst cities for traffic in the United States. Recently, the Metro Region was also found to have some of the worst truck and 18-wheeler bottlenecks in the country.
Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner signed a Vision Zero Executive Order, which requires the city government, public and private agencies, non-profit groups, and the community to develop a comprehensive and holistic strategy aimed at eliminating traffic-related deaths and serious injuries in Houston by 2030.
“Some will say this goal is unachievable,” Turner said in statement. “But I say, no loss of life is acceptable on our roadways, None, ZERO.”
According to the news release, many other cities have reported steady declines in traffic deaths and injuries after adopting Vision Zero plans.
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