Open Katy Tollway West for 5 more Miles! Please!!!
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Currently, the Katy Tollway aka "Katy Managed Lanes" do not allow commuters to reach Katy. Drivers not operating a high occupancy vehicle are forced off of the tollway before Barker Cypress Rd. This causes massive congestion to immediately build while the HOV lanes become immediately under-utilized. Drivers who would like to bypass the busiest streets of West Houston and Katy have to first cope with the likes of Barker Cypress Rd, Greenhouse Rd, Fry Rd, Westgreen Blvd, and, finally, Mason Rd. This is all while just having to have paid a toll at Highway 6. This creates serious congestion for not only those who commute from The Grand Pkwy or further west, but also for those who are commuting to/from any of the side streets mentioned above. We must ALL slow down (or stop) once the Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOV's) are forced off of the tollway. It's only 5.5 more miles to reach the end of the HOV near the Grand Pkwy and avoid massive congestion for literally thousands of commuters. Additionally, how many constables are we paying to simply sit on the HOV lanes west of the "managed lanes" and "TRY" to bust the HOV violators? They would be better served near the toll stations where we ALL see countless toll violators not in the correct lane.
I propose the following solution: you could put one last toll/HOV station near the Grand Pkwy, as the HOV ends, to be able to drive the entire length of the HOV (and put a constable at THAT tolling station if you wish). This would allow HOV/SOV vehicles to continue to their preferred exit between the highway 6 tolling station and the proposed tolling station. There is already a structure to support the tolling station where it says "HOV Lane Ends" west of Mason Rd, and 17 feet of unused shoulder where a lane can be repainted for HOV's (Interstate lanes are only 12 feet).
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