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THE NORTHWEST FREEWAY


 
(Above photo: 290 and Huffmeister intersection in Cypress prior to expansion in September 2012, facing inbound.)

US 290, also known as the Northwest Freeway, was originally born into mediocrity, although it has always been my favorite freeway.  This is only because I grew up with it.  Most people who grew up in the days of the making of 290 will tell you a long, drawn out story about the freeway to nowhere that took forty years to complete.   In a nutshell, the Northwest Freeway, originally conceived and submitted for approval to the Texas Transportation Committee in 1953, was given the green light around a year later, after some changes to the original design, but was dragged out over several decades by stalling the project, and then finally piecing the freeway together in random segments.

HISTORY
   The first conception of the Northwest Freeway involved placing a freeway corridor over the entire length of Hempstead Rd. from Katy Rd. (now IH-10) all the way to FM 1960, which at the time was nothing but a rural two lane blacktop known as Jackrabbit Rd.  There were no suburbs out in this area yet. Mostly dairy farms and rice mills populated the area.  The initial plan was approved in December of 1953, but underwent some revision before the final alignment was determined.
 In the revised plan, which was approved in 1954, the freeway corridor would stray to the north of the Hempstead Rd. corridor, thereby preserving the original highway ,which we know today as a secondary road to basically the same places.  Had it not been for that revision, we would have seen the end of Hempstead Rd. many decades ago.  Additionally, the final plan showed the freeway ending at the 610 Loop, rather than extending all the way through it to I-10.  
   In late 1963, the first part of 290 opened, which was basically just a series of exit ramps extending from the northwest corner of the 610 Loop, and coming to a dead end at Mangum.  Many miles up the planned corridor, construction work had also begun on the frontage roads near the planned terminus at FM 1960.  In late 1963, there were frontage roads extending along the corridor south of FM 1960, and two years later, the frontage roads had been built north of FM 1960 into Cypress.
   In July 1970, the frontage roads were opened from the Loop to Pinemont Dr., and five years later, the remaining frontage roads were completed in 1975, but there were still no main lanes open.  This occurred throughout the late 1970's, so when you look at pictures of the original freeway intersections, you'll notice that they change the further out you go.  From Mangum to Pinemont, most of the freeway underpasses are a combination of concrete and pebble slabs. Pebble encrusted exterior walls were big in the 1970's.  The 290 freeway was no exception.  The further out west you travel along 290, the less intricate the freeway detail gets.   Outside of the Beltway 8 boundary, most of which was completed in the late 1980's, the 290 barrier wall changes to hexagonal pebble shaped tiles, and an occasional Texas symbol here and there.
   
   Both the main lanes of the 290 freeway and the interchange with Beltway 8 were completed around 1990.  As beautiful as the interchange was, I always felt like it was a rush job, because instead of finishing the flyover ramp support beams in concrete or paint, they chose to leave them as exposed bare metal, which of course rusts in the Houston humidity.  After less than a year, there were rust trails bleeding down the sides of the white support columns.  I always thought this was a cheaply finished interchange, especially when compared to such architectural beauties as the refurbished Katy Freeway and I-10 stack.  I still have vague memories of riding on 290 taking the Beltway 8 exit when it first opened, riding in the back seat of my mom's Oldsmobile station wagon.  I was amazed by the size of the stack, and apparently somebody else was too, because we passed a car that had crashed into the center divider, and was being hoisted up on a sling truck.
   
   In the mid 1990's, construction of the 290 main lanes had stalled out towards Spring-Cypress Rd.  There were efforts to construct the main lane corridor skirting around downtown Cypress (formerly known as Cypresstop), but the main road still took you along what is now Business 290, or part of old Hempstead Rd., past Juergen's filling station and all the historic buildings.
Sometime in 1997 or 1998, they had opened the main lanes past Spring-Cypress Rd. towards Hockley, and the freeway was completed west of Hockley in the early 2000's.
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PREFACE

Originally, when I decided to cover the 290 corridor, I did it as a supplement to coverage of the 290/610 interchange reconstruction.  I focused heavily on the interchange construction as it plowed through the east parking lot of Northwest Mall, but didn't give the entire freeway its proper recognition as an integral part of West Houston.  Now that the Northwest Freeway has become the subject of a massive expansion, I found that I had to approach the coverage of the freeway from a different angle.
   For me, 290 always seemed to have a personality.  After I had driven on it hundreds of times, I began to know it well.  All the potholes and bumps.  All the unpleasant merges and live-or-die exit ramps. The twisted original interchange with 610 where you exit right to go left, or exit left to go right....a brilliant joke on the hapless tourist.  290 was my home freeway, and as long as I could get to it, I could always find my way home.
   This is how I originally wanted to cover the freeway.  As some kind of tribute to a part of my youth.  Then I realized one day that the freeway I knew like the back of my hand was going to be slowly transformed into something else.  Tomorrow's kids will never know the 290 I grew up with once they get their first driver's license.  Even the kids who just got their licenses won't know the freeway as I knew it; as so many of us knew it.  All those bumps and potholes will be gone.  The exit and entrance ramps will be headaches, but completely new headaches.  The grassy embankments will be replaced with decorative concrete dropoffs similar to I-10.
   While I welcome the dawn of the new 290 and all the freedom it will provide for motorists, I will miss the original design; the haphazard and poorly planned freeway that most of us bitched and moaned about for twenty years.  I will miss the cluster of fast food restaurants near the Beltway 8 interchange.  I will miss the second hand nature with which I changed lanes.  And I will also miss the way my car bounced with the bowing of the elevated spans near Eldridge and West Rd.  But this is the chronic nostalgia that comes with age.  For those who want to reminisce, I have done the best I could to preserve the memories associated with the original 290 corridor, and illustrate the changes that brought us to our current freeway design.
   The journey will begin at the start of 290, where it spurs off the northwest corner of Loop 610, and travel westward in chapters that pertain to each major intersection or exit.  Each chapter contains photo links in chronological order that pertain to that particular area of 290.  The links of course will open a photo image in a new window.  As time passes, each chapter will have more photos added to it and organized by date rather than subject.  This makes it easier to see when new updates have been posted.  

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290 AT THE 610 LOOP

(Above photo: The 290 and 610 interchange in its reconstruction, Jan. 2014)
  
 I was fortunate enough to get some photographs of the Northwest Mall parking lot before any of the construction began in the area.  I first heard about the upcoming changes in early 2011, so I made sure to get pictures of areas that would soon be in the path of the new 290/610 interchange.  In addition to reconfiguring the aged design, there would also be improvements added such as a direct connector ramp from inbound 290 to the 610 Loop South.  Previously this connection had not existed, as the frontage roads paused at Hempstead Road, and resumed on the other side of the railroad.
   There would also be a direct route along the 290 main lanes allowing a transition to IH-10 without having to merge onto the loop.  This chaotic intersection had been a lane changing nightmare for millions of motorists over the years, and it was finally agreed that the original plan of 290 to connect with I-10 turned out to be the best option after all.  It would keep traffic moving on the Loop, and eliminate the need to change multiple lanes in a short amount of time while dodging cars on the right to make the IH-10 exit in time.

FEBRUARY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (46).jpg : Facing north from the east parking lot of Northwest Mall, where the east exit drive meets the last part of the 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (47).jpg : The east parking lot of Northwest Mall, and the east exit drive, where the new freeway alignment would later be built.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (48).jpg : Facing south from the east parking lot towards the end of the 290 frontage road at Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (49).jpg : Facing slightly to the right of the previous photo at the retail strip that once housed the original Demeri's Barbecue.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (50).jpg : Northwest Mall, the southeast corner, still displaying the Macy's insignia.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (52).jpg : A free standing building in Northwest Mall's east parking lot that was a Blockbuster Video in the 1990's when I remembered it.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (121).jpg : A closer look at the Macy's at Northwest Mall, notice the Foley's logo still on the door handles.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (122).jpg : Facing east along Hempstead Rd. towards Demeri's Barbecue, still open at the time of this photo.  This is where the exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Road would later come to a brand new intersection, and in this photo the direct connector ramps to 610 South have not been built over Hempstead Rd.

MARCH 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (205).jpg : Hempstead Rd. inside the 610 loop facing west, March 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (208).jpg : The Delmar Field House, located at 2020 Mangum.  It was built in 1958 and demolished in 2014 to build a new facility.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (209).jpg : Delmar Stadium, located directly beside the old field house.

JUNE 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 48.jpg : A drive-by photo of Northwest Mall's east parking lot from the 610 North exit onto 290 West.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 49.jpg : Taking the 610 North exit onto 290 West.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 50.jpg : Taking the 610 North exit onto 290 West.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 51.jpg : Merging onto 290 West near Dacoma St., where the first section of freeway originally came to a dead end in 1963.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (218).jpg : Facing east along Hempstead Rd. at the 610 overpass, where the future direct connector ramp would be built.

SEPTEMBER 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (241).jpg : Facing north along the northeast boundary of Northwest Mall.  The El Chaparral night club in the distance was originally the Northwest 4 movie theater, a free standing movie house that opened in the late 1960's when Northwest Mall was still new.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (244).jpg : The 290/610 interchange near W. 18th St. during the first stages of construction in the area.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (245).jpg : A closer look at the old AMC Northwest 4 Cinema (El Chaparral night club)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (246).jpg : A closer look at the AMC Northwest 4 Cinema.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (247).jpg : A closer look at the AMC Northwest 4 Cinema.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (248).jpg : A closer look at the AMC Northwest 4 Cinema.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (250).jpg : The northeast boundary of Northwest Mall facing west along 290 at the exit ramps to Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (251).jpg : The main street sign for Northwest Mall, which was in the path of the new road alignments.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (253).jpg : Panning across the east parking lot of Northwest Mall, from right to left.

DECEMBER 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (260).jpg : The east parking lot asphalt of Northwest Mall being broken up and hauled away.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (262).jpg : The free standing building on the east lot of Northwest Mall, months from being demolished.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (263).jpg : The east side of Northwest Mall (Macy's), and the east exit drive, soon to be demolished.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (264).jpg : Facing slightly to the right of the previous photo, showing the free standing building along the east exit drive.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (265).jpg : The south parking lot of Northwest Mall along Hempstead Rd., now being used as a staging area for construction.

MARCH 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (266).jpg : Construction crews now well underway removing the east parking lot of Northwest Mall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (267).jpg : Facing the south parking lot of the mall from the demolition site on the southeast corner.

MAY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 021.jpg : Panoramic shot facing north from Northwest Mall towards the old AMC Northwest 4 Cinema.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 025.jpg : A busy lunch hour at Demeri's Barbecue on the southeast corner of Northwest Mall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 026.jpg : The southeast corner of Northwest Mall parking lot near the 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 027.jpg : Facing north from the east parking lot of Northwest Mall at 290 frontage road.  Compare this photo with the first photo from February 2011 (HH 46).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 028.jpg : Facing west along the southeast corner of Northwest Mall, demolition imminent but not yet taking place.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 029.jpg : Facing south from the east parking lot where 290 frontage road meets Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 030.jpg : Facing slightly to the right of the previous photo, tenants of the building have started to relocate their businesses.  Demeri's Barbecue opened a new location at W. 18th St. and the 610 frontage road on the inside of the loop.

AUGUST  2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 100.jpg : Panning left to right across the east parking lot of Northwest Mall, 1 of 3, Aug. 16.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 102.jpg : Photo 3 of 3.  In this photo, the free standing building where Demeri's Barbecue was has been demolished.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 105.jpg : Black & white photo facing north along the northeast boundary of Northwest Mall towards El Chaparral.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 107.jpg : Black & white photo facing south along the northeast boundary of Northwest Mall towards Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 108.jpg : The new freeway alignment being built in the mall's former east parking lot, where the white building used to be.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 109.jpg : Facing south along the 290 frontage road where the new exit ramp to Hempstead Rd. is beginning on the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 110.jpg : The back side of the old AMC Northwest 4 (El Chaparral) along the 290 frontage road near W. 18th St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 111.jpg : The 290 frontage road at W. 18th St. (where the cars are crossing), facing due north.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 130.jpg : Drive-by photo traveling west on 610 North onto the south loop, 1 of 3, Aug. 23.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 131.jpg : Drive-by photo traveling west on 610 North onto the south loop, 2 of 3, Aug. 23.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 132.jpg : Drive-by photo traveling west on 610 North onto the south loop, 3 of 3, Aug. 23.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 164.jpg : Facing south along the new exit ramp to Hempstead Rd. from Northwest Mall's east exit drive, Aug. 26.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 165.jpg : Panning across the former east parking lot at the new exit ramp to Hempstead Rd., Aug. 26.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 166.jpg : Panning across the former east parking lot, Aug. 26.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 168.jpg : One of my favorite photos, showing what was left of the old east exit drive after the new freeway alignment cut through the parking lot.  This stub of driveway and a few sickly palm trees are all that remains of the east driveway, which once extended to the 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 172.jpg : The southeast corner of Northwest Mall, where Hempstead and the 290 frontage road intersect.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 173.jpg : Sitting at the light at Hempstead and the 290 frontage road facing back west along Hempstead during sunset.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 174.jpg : Looking across the 610 Loop from Minimax Dr. inside the loop, towards the mall, Aug. 26.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 175.jpg : Another sunset photo looking at the 610 Loop from Minimax Dr., Aug. 26.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 176.jpg : Facing north at the 290 split-off from 610 from Minimax Dr., Aug. 26.

SEPTEMBER 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 023.jpg : The west side of Northwest Mall with the Delmar Field House in view in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 024.jpg : The west parking lot of Northwest Mall, which became the new home of the Antique Center of Texas in 2012.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 025.jpg : Progress along the new exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd., facing south.  The road is nearly ready to be opened.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 026.jpg : Facing north along the new exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 027.jpg : Standing on the new alignment facing north.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 028.jpg : Standing on the new alignment facing the stub of the east exit drive, and the sickly palm trees.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 029.jpg : The north parking lot of Northwest Mall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 030.jpg : El Chaparral night club is now closed, and the signage has been removed.  Soon it will be demolished.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 031.jpg : Facing east on Hempstead Rd. towards the 610 Loop, a new signal has been installed for the exit ramp from 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 033.jpg : The northwest corner of Hempstead Rd. at the 610 Loop, on the inside of the loop facing north.

NOVEMBER  2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2012a 001.jpg : AMC Northwest 4 (El Chaparral) in the final stages of demolition, facing north along the Northwest Mall boundary.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2012a 002.jpg : Facing north at the construction progress at the 290/610 interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2012a 003.jpg : Facing south at the construction progress along the exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd.

FEBRUARY  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 047.jpg : Panning left to right in the east parking lot of Northwest Mall, 1 of 3.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 050.jpg : The south side of Northwest Mall along Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 051.jpg : Facing north along the mall's northeast boundary where El Chaparral once stood.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 052.jpg : Same angle as previous photo but zoomed in on 290 construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 054.jpg : Facing south towards the mall's east parking lot where the new alignment barely misses the mall itself.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 055.jpg : Facing the freeway construction from the north entrance to the mall near W. 18th St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 056.jpg : 290 frontage road at W. 18th St. facing due north.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 057.jpg : The new exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd. (through the old parking lot) is now open.  This photo was taken sitting at the newly installed intersection at Hempstead Rd., facing east where the direct connector ramp will eventually pass over Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 058.jpg : Sitting at the same light facing back to the north at the progress on the overpass, which will connect to 610 South.

MARCH 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 008.jpg : The 290 and 610 interchange as viewed from eastbound main lanes.  Notice the defunct HOV lanes on the right awaiting demolition.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 009.jpg : The 290 and 610 interchange viewed from eastbound main lanes with the old HOV ramps overhead.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 013.jpg : The newly opened exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd., facing north along the ramp.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 014.jpg : Facing north along the old 290 frontage road at Hempstead Rd.  The old frontage road has been reduced to one lane.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 015.jpg : Driving on 610 northbound taking the 290 West exit, 1 of 4.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 016.jpg : Driving on 610 northbound taking the 290 West exit, 2 of 4.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 017.jpg : Driving on 610 northbound taking the 290 West exit, 3 of 4.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 018.jpg : Driving on 610 northbound taking the 290 West exit, 4 of 4.

AUGUST  2013 (AERIAL PHOTOS TAKEN FROM A CESSNA 172)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 083.jpg : Aerial view of Northwest Mall and all the construction going on around it, and some of the 610 West corridor.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 084.jpg : Aerial view facing south along the West 610 Loop from Northwest Mall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 085.jpg : Aerial view looking down at Northwest Mall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 086.jpg : Aerial view of the West Loop South between 290 and IH-10.  This is where Malibu Grand Prix once existed.

SEPTEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 018.jpg : The exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd., facing south towards the Williams (formerly Transco) Tower.

OCTOBER  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 012.jpg : The exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd., facing south.  The warehouse across the railroad is being torn down.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 013.jpg : Zoomed in on the half-demolished warehouse that stands in the way of the new connector ramps.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 015.jpg : Facing north from what used to be the mall's east parking lot near the exit driveway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 016.jpg : The sad palm tree beside the old east mall exit driveway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/P1010076.JPG : Facing north towards the interchange (photo sourced from A. Fehlinger of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/P1010236.JPG : Traveling from 290 to 610 North Loop east. (photo sourced from A. Fehlinger of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)

JANUARY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 080.JPG : Drive-by photo taking the 290 West exit from the 610 North Loop westbound, Jan. 15.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 081.JPG : Entering the 290 main lanes from the North Loop West on a busy afternoon, Jan. 15.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 113.JPG : Aerial view of 290 frontage road between Dacoma and W. 18th St., Jan. 19.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 114.JPG : Aerial view of 290 frontage road and Delmar Stadium/Field House, Jan. 19.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 115.JPG : Aerial view of the 290/610 interchange, Jan. 19.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 116.JPG : Aerial view of Hempstead Rd. & 610 Loop intersection, with I-10 in the distance, Jan. 19.

FEBRUARY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 001.jpg : Black & white photo facing north from the northeast boundary of Northwest Mall, towards 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 002.jpg : Black & white photo facing south from the northeast boundary of the mall towards Hempstead Rd.  The ramp that brings inbound traffic on 290 over Hempstead Rd. to the 610 Southbound frontage roads has been built now.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 004.jpg : Black & white photo of the intersection of the 290 frontage road with Hempstead Rd., facing south.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 005.jpg : Black & white photo similar to the previous one looking a bit more to the left at the other overpasses.

AUGUST 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 059.JPG : The exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd., facing south, Aug. 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 060.JPG : The exit ramp from 290 to Hempstead Rd., facing north from the old east exit drive (the sad palm tree).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 061.JPG : Another view of the east exit drive, or what is left of it.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 062.JPG : Facing north from the east exit ramp, zoomed in across the parking lot towards the freeway alignments.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 063.JPG : The chopped off east exit drive with the new freeway alignment running through.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 064.JPG : Facing north along the new northeast boundary of the mall.  The grass is beginning to grow back neatly.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 065.JPG : Construction work on the flyover ramps for the 290 & 610 interchange, viewed from mall parking lot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 066.JPG : Another photo of the connector ramps over Hempstead Rd. to the 610 South frontage road.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 098.JPG : The 290 & 610 interchange from the inbound lanes during a weekend freeway closure, Aug. 24th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 099.JPG : Signage on the old Northwest Transit Center (HOV) ramps near 290 & 610, Aug. 24th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 100.JPG : Surviving remains of the old HOV ramps cut off by the new ramp at the last exit on 290 before the loop, Aug. 24th.

JANUARY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 006.JPG : Construction progress on the 290 & 610 interchange, facing north from W. 18th St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 009.JPG : Facing south from W. 18th St., new flyover ramps to 290 west under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 010.JPG : Facing west along W. 18th St. towards Northwest Mall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 013.JPG : Facing north from W. 18th St., some of the carnage from recent demolition work.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 014.JPG : Facing north from W. 18th St., some of the carnage from recent demolition work.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 015.JPG : Facing north from W. 18th St., some of the carnage from recent demolition work.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 016.JPG : More demolition work, facing south from W. 18th St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 017.JPG : Facing east along W. 18th St. towards the 610 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 019.JPG : Facing north from W. 18th St., with the exit ramp from 290 East to 610 North in the foreground.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 020.JPG : Facing north from W. 18th St., with the exit ramp from 290 East to 610 North in the foreground.

MARCH 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 043.JPG : Traveling from 290 inbound to the North Loop eastbound.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 044.JPG : Traveling from 290 inbound to the North Loop eastbound.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 019.JPG : Traveling eastbound on the main lanes approaching the 610 interchange.  The new I-10 direct connector ramp on the right begins here, before Mangum Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 021.JPG : The eastbound main lanes approaching the 610 Loop.  In this photo, the main lanes have been reduced to only two.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 022.JPG : The eastbound main lanes approaching the 610 Loop.  This particular weekend the south loop exit ramp was closed for construction work.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 023.JPG : The end of 290 at the 610 Loop, taking the north loop exit ramp.  The old Park & Ride structure overhead has been partially demolished, and is only inches away from the new I-10 connector ramp.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 024.JPG : Taking the north loop exit ramp from 290, with the I-10 direct connector ramp overhead.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 053.jpg : Aerial view over the 290 & 610 interchange showing the progress being made.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 054.JPG : One of the last remaining segments of the old HOV/Park & Ride ramps located at the loop interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 055.JPG : The new Delmar Field House being constructed across from Northwest Mall.






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DACOMA ST. & MANGUM RD.

(Above photo: The original concrete barrier at the 290 & Dacoma underpass, Sep. 2012.  One of the oldest intersections)

SEPTEMBER  2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 036.jpg : The older styled concrete work at the intersection of 290 and Dacoma.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 037.jpg : Facing the intersection of 290 & Dacoma from the westbound frontage lanes.

DECEMBER  2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 027.jpg : Construction workers constructing a support column near the intersection of 290 & Mangum.

JANUARY  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 014.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Mangum Rd., facing north.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 015.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Mangum Rd., facing outbound (west) along 290 from the middle of the intersection.

SEPTEMBER  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 014.jpg : 290 eastbound frontage lanes near Karbach St. (approaching Mangum).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 015.jpg : 290 eastbound frontage lanes at Ramus (approaching Mangum).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 016.jpg : 290 at Mangum Rd., eastbound frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 017.jpg : 290 at Dacoma Rd., eastbound frontage lanes.

JANUARY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 082.JPG : Memco office building at 290 & Dacoma St., built in 1972.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 083.JPG : Perico's Mexican Cafe, located at the southeast corner of 290 and Mangum.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 084.JPG : The Olive Garden, located on the eastbound frontage road near Kingswood Ln. (small intersection with no signal).

MARCH  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 060.JPG : Newly constructed westbound frontage lanes at 290, just north of Mangum.  Note the high mast lighting already in place.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 061.JPG : Another view along the newly constructed frontage lanes from 290 and Mangum near Los Cucos restaurant.

AUGUST 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 057.JPG : Facing east along 290 frontage road near Mitchelldale, Aug. 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 058.JPG : Facing same direction, zoomed in closer towards Mangum Rd., Aug. 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 067.JPG : 290 & Mangum intersection, facing southeast (inbound) from Perico's Mexican Cafe parking lot., Aug. 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 068.JPG : Construction of westbound main lanes viewed from frontage road between Mangum and Sherwood. Aug 19th.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 102.JPG : The closed off U-turn lanes for inbound traffic at 290 & Mangum, Aug. 30th.  These have been closed for nearly the entire duration of the project, and I can't even remember the last time I used it.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 103.JPG : Facing along the westbound frontage road and what will soon be freeway main lanes of the new 290 at Mangum.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 104.JPG : Another photo of the eerie, defunct U-turn lane at 290 & Mangum Rd., Aug. 30th.

DECEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 057.jpg : 290 & Dacoma intersection, the westbound side, facing the U-turn lanes.  

JANUARY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 030.JPG : 290 & Mangum, facing the northwest corner (Perico's) from the future path of the new 290 main lanes.

MARCH 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 045.JPG : 290 & Dacoma intersection, facing south under the freeway from the westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 046.JPG : 290 & Dacoma intersection, facing west along the frontage road towards Mangum Rd.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 047.JPG : 290 & Dacoma intersection, facing south under the freeway from the westbound frontage road (same position as picture 045)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 048.JPG : 290 & Dacoma intersection, facing west along the frontage road from the signal.





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W. 34TH./ ANTOINE DR./ W. 43RD.

 
(Above photo:  Aerial photo of the 290 corridor at W. 34th St., August 2013. Hempstead Rd. can be seen in the distance.)

If you are like me, you may have a hard time remembering exactly which order the exits along 290 are, because W. 34th and W. 43rd. are such similar names.  Additionally, the diagonal positioning of 290 in relativity to the intersections makes it hard to remember which one comes first.  The easiest way to remember is that the numbered streets carry larger numbers the further away from the center of town you go.  Therefore, if traveling outbound, you will cross W. 34th. Street before crossing W. 43rd. Street.  The opposite applies to inbound motorists.  Antoine Drive is located in between the two. Most of this area of the freeway was completed in 1981.  It was only frontage roads throughout the 1970's.

DECEMBER  2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 021.jpg : Intersection of 290 & W. 34th St., facing north along the inbound frontage road, pre-construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 022.jpg : Intersection of 290 & W. 34th St., facing east along W. 34th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 023.jpg : Intersection of 290 & W. 34th St., facing southeast along the eastbound frontage road, some construction beginning.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 024.jpg : The eastbound frontage lanes of 290, slightly inbound from W. 34th St. where the Academy parking lot is.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 025.jpg : China Border, a Chinese buffet restaurant that has been a familiar sight near 290 and W. 34th St. At the time I photographed this place, I was under the impression that it would be demolished, along with other establishments in the same path.  It turned out to be mostly the other side of the freeway that was affected.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 026.jpg : Looking back along the eastbound frontage road to W. 34th. from a small cul-de-sac known as Deauville Plaza Dr.

MARCH  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 019.jpg : Westbound on 290 main lanes approaching the Antoine/W. 34th St. exit ramp.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 020.jpg : 12200 Northwest Freeway, the Wells Fargo office along 290 near W. 43rd St.  This was built in 1979.

SEPTEMBER  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 012.jpg : Facing along the eastbound frontage road from the signal at W. 34th St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 019.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Antoine Dr., facing north on Antoine.  Notice the lack of freeway maintenance starting to show on some of the oldest portions of the freeway.  Heavy mildew blackening, weeds growing through the concrete, and non-functional lighting along the freeway and underpasses.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 020.jpg : Traveling westbound along the 290 frontage lanes between Antoine and W. 43rd St., near Saxon Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 021.jpg : Facing along the westbound frontage lanes from the signal at W. 43rd.  Pinemont Park & Ride visible in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 022.jpg : The old Pinemont Park & Ride ramps, which came out to 290 closer to W. 43rd St.  This was demolished in summer 2014.

JANUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 085.JPG : The Starbucks Coffee on the northeast corner of 290 and W. 34th St. after construction shortened the parking lot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 086.JPG : A former Chevron station at 290 & Milwee (near W. 34th) awaiting final demolition, Jan. 15th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 109.JPG : Aerial photo of the original Pinemont Park & Ride ramps at 290 near W. 43rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 111.JPG : Aerial photo of the 290 & W. 34th St. intersection, where Academy Sports & Outdoors is located, Jan. 19th.

AUGUST 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 056.JPG : Shell service station at the northwest corner of 290 & W. 34th St., Aug. 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 069.JPG : Construction along the westbound side of 290 at W. 34th St., Aug. 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 070.JPG : Detail of the concrete decorative work along the original freeway bordering at W.34th St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 071.JPG : Facing along the westbound frontage road at the signal at Antoine Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 072.JPG : Intersection of 290 & W. 43rd St., viewed from the northeast corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 073.JPG : Intersection of 290 & W. 43rd St., viewed from the northeast corner, facing more to the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 074.JPG : Facing along the westbound frontage lanes toward the demolition site of the old Pinemont Park & Ride ramp.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 075.JPG : A closer look at the demolition site where the Pinemont Park & Ride ramps once were.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 076.JPG : The old Pinemont Park & Ride ramp path, viewed from the nearby Holiday Inn.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 077.JPG : Part of the old ramp structure still standing for a short time.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 078.JPG : The path where the original Pinemont Park & Ride ramps led to the park & ride along the back of the Holiday Inn.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 079.JPG : Demolition work along the westbound lanes of 290 between W. 43rd St. and Pinemont Dr.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 105.JPG : 290 & W. 34th St., on the westbound side, showing the detail of the freeway barrier wall, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 106.JPG : 290 & W. 34th St., on the westbound side, facing the freeway overpass, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 108.JPG : 290 & Antoine Dr., on the westbound side frontage road, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 109.JPG : 290 westbound frontage lanes between Antoine & W.43rd. St., Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 110.JPG : Facing along the westbound frontage lanes at the 290 & Antoine intersection, Aug. 30th.

JANUARY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 031.JPG : 290 at W. 34th St., the westbound side of the freeway, during expansion of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 032.JPG : 290 & W. 34th St., facing west along the frontage road during expansion of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 033.JPG : Facing back east along 290 from W. 34th St. during freeway expansion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 034.JPG : 290 & W. 34th St., notice the outer main lanes have been demolished to make room for the new ones.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 035.JPG : Facing back east along 290 from W. 34th St., during normal Saturday traffic.  The new direct connector ramp to I-10 has been opened to traffic (Ramps on the right)

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 036.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road approaching Antoine.  Most of the embankment has been demo'ed but the freeway wall still stands.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 037.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road approaching Antoine.  Focused on the hollowed out embankment.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 038.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road approaching Antoine.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 041.jpg : 290 eastbound frontage road at W. 43rd St., this shopping center on the southwest corner has just lost a considerable amount of parking space to the new frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 042.jpg : The Creekwood Apartments on the eastbound frontage road, built in 1973.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 043.jpg : The Creekwood Apartments on the eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 044.jpg : The Creekwood Apartments, main entrance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 045.jpg : The Creekwood Apartments, another building potentially on the chopping block.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 086.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 looking down on W. 43rd. St. during construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 087.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 looking down on W. 43rd. St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 088.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 looking down on W. 43rd. St.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 089.jpg : 290 west, facing north where the old Pinemont Park & Ride ramp used to be.


APRIL 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2015a 001.JPG : 290 & Antoine, facing west along the frontage road.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 017.JPG : The Wells Fargo building near W. 43rd., viewed from the eastbound main lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 018.JPG : A random shot while traveling eastbound near W 43rd, approaching the Antoine/W. 34th exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 089.JPG : Intersection of 290 at W. 43rd St., the eastbound side, facing along the frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 090.JPG : Intersection of 290 at W. 43rd St., facing along the eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 091.JPG : This Falla's Discount Store at 290 & W. 43rd started life as a Toys 'R Us toy store in the 1980's, evident by the multi-color tile bricks around the entrance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 092.JPG : The Starbucks at 290 & W. 43rd St. lost a great deal of parking lot space thanks to the 290 expansion project.  The old lot extended to the old frontage road boundary.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 093.JPG : Facing along the boundary for the new eastbound frontage road at W. 43rd St., directly in the path of Creekwood apartments (further ahead).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 094.JPG : Demolished homes on Saxon Dr. (near Antoine) near the path of the future eastbound 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 095.JPG : Demolished homes on Saxon Dr. near the path of the future eastbound 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 096.JPG : Demolished homes on Saxon Dr. near the path of the future eastbound 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 097.JPG : The intersection of Saxon Dr. & the eastbound frontage road (non-signaled) during freeway expansion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 098.JPG : The intersection of Saxon Dr. & the eastbound frontage road (facing back along the future eastbound frontage lanes).

JULY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 012.jpg : The Hartz Chicken at the southwest corner of 290 & W.43rd St., looking down from the freeway overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 013.JPG : 290 & W. 34th St., facing along eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 014.JPG : 290 & W. 34th St., facing along eastbound frontage road.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 056.jpg : Aerial view of the 290 construction between Antoine and W. 34th St.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 022.jpg : Traveling on the eastbound main lanes over W. 43rd St., with the outer main lanes under construction and the new frontage road built.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 024.jpg : Traveling on the eastbound main lanes approaching the exit ramp for Antoine/ W. 34th St.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 025.jpg : Traveling on the eastbound main lanes approaching W. 34th St. in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 026.jpg : The westbound frontage road at the Antoine intersection, with new freeway overpass beams in place for the widened freeway lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 027.jpg : The westbound frontage road at the Antoine intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 028.jpg : The westbound freeway entrance ramp from Antoine Dr., near Saxon Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 029.jpg : Some newly built expanded main lanes on the westbound side of 290, right by the W. 43rd St. exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 030.jpg : The westbound frontage road approaching the W. 43rd St. intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 031.jpg : The westbound frontage road at the W. 43rd St. intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 032.jpg : The westbound frontage road, crossing the W. 43rd intersection facing south under the freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 033.jpg : The westbound frontage road approaching the Bingle intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 034.jpg : Detail shot of the freeway support columns at the Bingle intersection.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 009.JPG : 290 eastbound main lanes passing over W. 43rd St., where they appear to be constructing the beginning of the new main lane expansion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 010.JPG : Eastbound frontage road expansion at the Antoine intersection, which has cut deeply into this Shell station property.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 011.JPG : The fuel pumps at the 290 & Antoine Shell have been placed at the very edge of existence.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 012.JPG : The remains of the car wash machine at the Shell station, which has now been rendered useless.  And of course, what shuddered structure is complete without graffiti?
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 013.JPG : Facing back along the new eastbound frontage lanes being constructed, while traffic is whittled down to a single lane.  Another example of how badly the construction planners really stuck it to the local traffic.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 014.JPG : The newly poured concrete for the eastbound frontage road cutting through the new berth of right-of-way established.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 015.JPG : The single-lane eastbound frontage road between Antoine & W. 34th St., miserably awaiting the completed expansion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 016.JPG : An interesting picture of the barrier walls, both new and old, in the same shot. It almost looks as if they are just building over the old barrier wall.  So it may be preserved to some degree.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 018.JPG : The newly built up barrier wall for the U-turn lanes at 290 & W. 34th st.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 019.JPG : The westbound main lanes over W. 43rd St. near the Wells Fargo building.  The expansion of the main lanes is going on in the right of the photo.










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BINGLE RD./ PINEMONT DR.


 
(Above photo: The original 290 & Pinemont Drive overpass in August 2013 prior to being demolished.)

JANUARY  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 008.jpg : Red Lobster, located along the westbound frontage road between Pinemont and Hollister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 010.jpg : Facing across the 290 freeway from the Red Lobster parking lot.

AUGUST  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 081.jpg : Aerial photo of the 290 & Pinemont Dr. intersection (overpass) prior to demolition of the original bridge.

FEBRUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 006.jpg : The Pinemont Dr. bridge over 290 half demolished, viewed from the eastbound main lanes, Feb. 10th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 015.JPG : The Pinemont Dr. bridge over 290 half demolished, Feb. 16th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 016.JPG : The Pinemont Dr. bridge over 290 half demolished, Feb. 16th.

AUGUST  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 051.JPG : The newly constructed Pinemont bridge over 290, still in construction phase but stretching over 290.  The new bridge boasts a 22 foot clearance over the freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 052.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Bingle, facing north along Bingle from the southeast corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 053.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Bingle, facing along eastbound frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 054.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Bingle, facing the overpass from the southeast corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 080.JPG : The new Pinemont bridge over 290, viewed from the westbound frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 082.JPG : 290 westbound frontage lanes between Pinemont and Hollister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 083.JPG : 290 westbound frontage lanes (on-ramp) between Pinemont and Hollister.

AUGUST  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 124.JPG : Construction progress on the Pinemont overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 125.JPG : Facing back along the inbound frontage road from the Pinemont overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 126.JPG : The view of the Pinemont overpass at 290 from the south side, looking north on Pinemont before the road completion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 128.JPG : Facing the Pinemont Dr. overpass from the nearby "Gold Cup" gentleman's club, constructed in 1989.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 129.JPG : The intersection of 290 & Bingle, northeast corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 130.JPG : The Tinseltown USA movie theater complex, along 290 near Pinemont.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 131.JPG : A closer look at the exterior "stacks" on top of Tinseltown USA.  There were two Tinseltown USA theaters opened in 1996, one at this location on 290, and the other one down on the West Sam Houston Tollway near Westheimer.  The theater on the tollway was demolished in 2008.  Originally, the exterior paint scheme was much more colorful than it is today, with lots of red, blue and green paint on everything.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 132.JPG : Facing the Pinemont overpass from the 290 westbound frontage lanes near Logan's Roadhouse.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 133.JPG : This hotel at 290 & Pinemont originally opened in 1980 as the Ramada Inn.  It was later purchased by Crowne Plaza Hotels.

APRIL 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2015a 002.JPG : The new Pinemont bridge over 290, still under construction.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2015a 003.JPG : The new Pinemont bridge over 290, still under construction.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 016.JPG : Traveling eastbound on the main lanes passing under the Pinemont bridge.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 081.JPG : The Gold Cup gentlemen's club, 12747 Northwest Freeway at Pinemont, now vacant.  It originally opened up as  Gallagher's in 1989.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 082.JPG : The front entrance of the Gold Cup gentlemen's club.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 083.JPG : The southwest corner of 290 & Bingle Rd., former site of a late 1990's era Exxon filling station, which was demolished for the freeway expansion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 084.JPG : The southwest corner of 290 & Bingle Rd., former Exxon filling station.  Behind it is a Luxury Inn & Suites, which remained open during construction years.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 085.JPG : The convenience store building of the Exxon station at 290 & Bingle.  The store began as "On The Run" and was later named "Star Stop"...or "Star Shoppe"...something like that.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 086.JPG : The car wash part of the former Exxon station at 290 & Bingle.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 087.JPG : The intersection of the 290 frontage road at Bingle.  The intersection is being relocated to the south to accommodate the new freeway expansion.

JULY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 007.jpg : The southwest corner of 290 & Bingle Rd. Exxon filling station, this view is looking down from the freeway lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 008.jpg : The Quality Inn & Suites, on the eastbound frontage road after Bingle.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 009.jpg : The Vintage Apartments, located along the eastbound frontage road after Bingle.  This unit was torn down for the freeway expansion shortly after this photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 010.jpg : Another photo of the Vintage apartments.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 027.JPG : 290 eastbound frontage lane approaching the new Pinemont overpass (construction halted).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 028.JPG : The Gold Cup Gentlemen's Club on the eastbound side next to Pinemont finally succumbed to the pressures to flee the expanding freeway.  The club opened in 1989 as a steakhouse called "Gallagher's"
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 029.JPG : The Caterpillar construction equipment on display at the northwest corner of 290 & Pinemont have been regularly circulated at this site since the 1980's.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 030.JPG : This hotel, now operating under the Crowne Plaza hotel chain, was originally the Ramada Inn during the 1980's.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 031.JPG : The westbound frontage road between Pinemont and Hollister, overgrown with weeds since construction stopped.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 032.JPG : Facing back towards the Pinemont overpass from the westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 033.JPG : Twin Peaks, a chain sports bar similar to Hooters, located on the westbound frontage road near Pinemont.

FEBRUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 035.jpg : Westbound approaching the Pinemont overpass.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 057.jpg : Aerial view of the Pinemont overpass.  The bridge is complete, but the surrounding area is still a construction zone.  Note that the Gold Cup gentleman's club is now gone.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 035.jpg : The westbound frontage road outside of Pinemont Dr., at the entrance ramp before Hollister.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 020.JPG : Westbound on the main lanes approaching the Pinemont overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 021.JPG : Westbound on the main lanes passing under the Pinemont overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 023.JPG : Westbound on the main lanes, between Fairbanks-N. Houston and Gessner Rd.









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HOLLISTER RD./ W. TIDWELL/ FAIRBANKS N. HOUSTON

 
(Above photo: Westbound frontage lanes between Hollister and W. Tidwell, late August 2014.)

From Pinemont Dr. heading further outbound, you reach Hollister Rd., West Tidwell, and then Fairbanks-North Houston Rd.  This section of 290 was just frontage roads throughout most of the 1970's, and the main lanes were completed around late 1981.  Hollister and West Tidwell were built in their current divided-four lane configurations around 1978.  The Granite Tower, also known as the Unisys building, at the corner of 290 and W. Tidwell, was completed in 1982.  This is the semi-circular shaped building on the north side of the freeway that is completely paneled in glass.  The area is also a major hub of restaurant chains to serve the many office buildings and warehouses nearby.


MARCH 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 022.jpg : The Unisys building at the corner of 290 & W. Tidwell.

AUGUST 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 078.jpg : Aerial photo of the 290 corridor, facing inbound from Fairbanks-North Houston towards W. Tidwell & Hollister.

JANUARY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 106.JPG : Aerial photo of the 290 & Fairbanks-North Houston Rd. intersecrion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 107.JPG : Aerial photo of 290 & W. Tidwell intersection with the Unisys building on the left.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 108.JPG : Aerial photo of the Unisys Building (Granite Tower) at 290 & W. Tidwell.

FEBRUARY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 014.JPG : Eastbound on 290 main lanes between Fairbanks-North Houston Rd. and W. Tidwell.

AUGUST  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 084.JPG : 290 westbound main lanes between W. Tidwell and Guhn Rd, Aug. 19th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 116.JPG : Intersection of 290 & W. Tidwell, the eastbound side, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 117.JPG : Intersection of 290 & W. Tidwell, the eastbound side, facing east along Tidwell, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 118.JPG : Some old trees and large rocks positioned in the median of W. Tidwell before 290 that have been in place as long as I can remember.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 120.JPG : Another view of the eastbound side of 290 & W. Tidwell, showing the Unisys building and Mambo Seafood, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 122.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Hollister, the eastbound side. (Detail shot of the barrier wall), Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 123.JPG : Facing along the eastbound frontage road from the signal at Hollister, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 135.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road between Pinemont & Hollister, showing brand new barrier walls being built for the 290 main lanes, Aug. 30th.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 136.JPG : Trees along the westbound frontage road between Pinemont & Hollister marked to be cut down.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 138.JPG : The westbound side of 290 & Hollister, with the new barrier wall going up.  The new insignia can be seen, the shape of Texas with a bluebonnet across the center.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 139.JPG : The intersection of 290 & Hollister on the westbound side.  All these trees will be cut down soon.  Notice the two Shell stations right across from one another.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 140.JPG : More of the new barrier wall going up on the westbound frontage road at Hollister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 141.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Hollister on the westbound side. 
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 142.JPG : The westbound side of 290 between Hollister and W. Tidwell.  In view are IHOP, Amegy Bank, and the Unisys building.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 143.JPG : Facing along the westbound frontage road between Hollister and W. Tidwell.  Showing demolition of the old barrier wall, and constructing the newer wall in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 144.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Hollister on the westbound side.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 145.JPG : Intersection of 290 & W. Tidwell on the westbound side, facing the U-turn lane.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 146.JPG : Intersection of 290 & W. Tidwell on the westbound side, facing across the intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 147.JPG : More of the new barrier wall going up near W. Tidwell.  The old barrier panels were from 1980/81, so if there is any question in the future as to the age of these panels, 2014/2015 would be the answer.

NOVEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 040.jpg : Construction crews installing "tiles" for the new barrier wall of 290 at Fairbanks N. Houston on the westbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 041.jpg : Barrier wall tiles being set at 290 & Fairbanks N. Houston.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 042.jpg : The westbound 290 frontage road at Fairbanks N. Houston.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 068.JPG : Cavender's Boot City, 14045 Northwest Freeway, along the eastbound frontage road at Flintlock.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 072.JPG : The exit of Flintlock St. onto the 290 frontage road.  Flintlock is an older road from the 1950's era of the town of Fairbanks.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 073.JPG : 14025 Northwest Freeway, formerly a Carpet Mills store outlet, and next door was a Just Brakes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 074.JPG : The other half of 14025 Northwest Freeway, previously occupied by Just Brakes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 075.JPG : S&L Plaza, a small shopping center on the eastbound frontage road at the corner of Tidwell Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 076.JPG : The intersection of 290 & Hollister Rd., viewed from the southeast corner (Frost Bank).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 077.JPG : Frost Bank, at the southeast corner of 290 & Hollister (13191 Northwest Freeway).  This was constructed in 1995.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 079.JPG : Facing along the eastbound frontage road from Hollister, towards Golden Corral and the Luby's Corporate Office.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 080.JPG : The 290 & Hollister intersection on the eastbound side. 

AUGUST 2015
A disaster of epic proportions interrupted progress on a portion of 290 in early summer of 2015, as TxDOT fired the contractor they had hired tom complete section H of the 290 expansion, which ran from Pinemont to West Little York.  The contractor, Tradeco, a Mexican based operation, had stalled out on their efforts to complete the freeway on time, and had defaulted on their contract.  Work halted, and the commuters of 290 were forced to spend the entire summer of 2015 using the freeway without any progress being made.  The construction sites were fenced off, tall weeds and grass grew over the land, and litter from local motorists and drifters piled up at every intersection between Pinemont and Gessner.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 025.JPG : The original freeway barrier wall at the Hollister U-turn.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 026.JPG : The eastbound 290 frontage road between Hollister and Pinemont.  To the left is the old on-ramp to the freeway, which has been closed off.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 034.JPG : The westbound frontage road between Pinemont and Hollister.  Notice the overgrown construction area, covered in weeds.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 035.JPG : A zoomed in shot of the Hollister overpass from the westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 036.JPG : Frozen construction progress on the westbound side of 290 at Hollister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 037.JPG : Frozen construction progress on the westbound side of 290 at Hollister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 038.JPG : The westbound frontage road between Hollister and W. Tidwell.  The new barrier wall has gone up, but work remains at a standstill here.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 040.JPG : The intersection of 290 & W. Tidwell, on the westbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 041.JPG : The intersection of 290 7 W. Tidwell, on the westbound side, facing straight ahead.  Taco Cabana is on the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 042.JPG : The westbound frontage road between W. Tidwell and Fairbanks-North Houston Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 043.JPG : The westbound frontage road between W. Tidwell and Fairbanks-North Houston Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 044.JPG : The westbound frontage road between Fairbanks-North Houston and Gessner.  Rudy's Country Store BBQ is on the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 045.JPG : A close up of the overgrown construction site along the westbound frontage road approaching Gessner
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 046.JPG : Facing back along the westbound frontage road approaching Gessner.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 024.JPG : 290 eastbound main lanes between Gessner & Fairbanks-North Houston Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 025.JPG : 290 eastbound main lanes approaching the Fairbanks-North Houston exit.

FEBRUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 036.jpg : Westbound on 290 main lanes near  W. Tidwell/Hollister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 037.jpg : Westbound on 290 main lanes over  W. Tidwell.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 058.jpg : Aerial view along 290 between W. Tidwell and Hollister.


AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 021.jpg : The eastbound frontage road at Hollister, still in its original configuration on the inbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 036.jpg : The westbound main lanes passing over W. Tidwell, with the Unisys building on the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 037.jpg : The westbound main lanes between W. Tidwell and Fairbanks-N.Houston.









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GESSNER RD./ WEST LITTLE YORK RD.


 
(Above photo: Westbound main lanes of 290 approaching West Little York bridge, with Sam Houston Tollway in the distance, August 2014)

AUGUST  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 028.jpg : Early stages of construction rebuilding the West Little York bridge over 290, in the summer of 2013.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 029.jpg : Rebuilding the West Little York bridge, this photo looking east along West Little York.  In this photo, half of the lanes have been demolished, and the traffic has been funneled into one lane per direction while they construct new eastbound lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 030.jpg : This hotel on the northwest corner of 290 and Little York was originally a Holiday Inn, built in the 1980's.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 071.jpg : Aerial photo of the construction work at West Little York bridge over 290, August 18th.

OCTOBER  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 017.jpg : Progress on rebuilding the West Little York bridge, viewed from the westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 018.jpg : Progress on rebuilding the West Little York bridge, viewed from the westbound frontage road.

JANUARY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 105.JPG : Aerial photo of the construction work at West Little York bridge over 290.  Compare with August 2013 #071 (above),

FEBRUARY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 011.JPG : The West Little York/Gessner exit ramp from the inbound lanes of 290, original configuration.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 012.JPG : The original West Little York Park & Ride ramp structure, viewed from inbound lanes of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 013.JPG : Inbound on 290 main lanes approaching the West Little York bridge.

JULY  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2014a 073.JPG : Progress on the West Little York bridge over 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2014a 074.JPG : Another similar photo taken in sequence.

AUGUST  2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 085.JPG : Westbound on 290 main lanes approaching West Little York bridge.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 086.JPG : Another similar photo taken in sequence.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 111.JPG : 290 eastbound frontage lanes between Gessner and Fairbanks North Houston Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 112.JPG : AMF Windfern Fair Lanes, a bowling alley constructed in 1979 that was the scene of a brutal triple homicide in August of 1980, when the alley was less than a year old.  After the lanes had closed, a man forced his way into the business and held the victims at gunpoint, demanding their wallets.  Each one of the victims was shot in the head. Tommy Lee Temple and his girlfriend Arden Alane Felsher, both age 17, and Stephen Allen Sims, age 25, died at the scene.  The sole survivor, Gregory George Garner, then age 18, managed to survive, though severely wounded.  There was no 911 system in place at the time, so he called his mother to report what had happened.  All that carnage happened right here, when crime out in this part of the city was all but unheard of.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 113.JPG : The eastbound side of 290 approaching Fairbanks-North Houston Rd., with familiar signage for the multitude of businesses in this shopping center.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 114.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Fairbanks-North Houston, on the eastbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 115.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Fairbanks-North Houston, facing along the eastbound frontage lanes from the signal.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 148.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Fairbanks-North Houston, the westbound side, facing west along the frontage road.

NOVEMBER 2014
The following 8 photos were taken from the freshly constructed West Little York bridge over 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 025.JPG : Facing west while standing over the eastbound frontage road
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 026.JPG : Facing west while standing over the planned future eastbound main lanes
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 027.JPG : Hotel Preet (formerly Holiday Inn) on the northwest corner of 290 & Little York.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 031.JPG : Lone Star College campus on the southeast corner of 290 & Little York.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 032.JPG : Facing east along the eastbound frontage road corridor.  The darker pavement will likely be the path of the new freeway, the lighter pavement indicates the frontage road path.

FEBRUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 038.jpg : Westbound on 290 main lanes between Gessner and West Little York.  New frontage road pavement has been recently poured.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 039.jpg : Long standing business Jones Carpet One, forced to vacate due to construction.  This building was on the westbound frontage road between Gessner and Little York.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 059.JPG : Aerial view of the 290 & Gessner intersection.  The stretch of freeway from Gessner to Jones was quite possibly the worst planned out portion with regard to road closures.  With multiple U-turn lanes as well as entry ramps closed simultaneously, the buildup of traffic along the frontage roads became unbearable, creating enormous jams at intersections that were ignored by road planners and local law enforcement in the interest of staying on schedule.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 062.JPG : Aerial view of the West Little York overpass.  The aging Hotel Preet is still hanging on somehow.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 040.jpg : The westbound main lanes between Gessner and W. Little York.  Notice the old Jones Carpet One building on the right, still standing but has been closed for a while now.

SEPTEMBER 2016
Some photos of 290 as viewed from the West Little York overpass, showing how the construction is progressing.  

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 024.JPG : Westbound on 290 main lanes at the West Little York overpass.





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SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY INTERCHANGE

 
(Above photo: 290 & Sam Houston Tollway interchange in January 2014, facing south with Hempstead Rd. in view)

  The Sam Houston Tollway interchange was completed in 1990, along with the span of the tollway from 290 to I-45.   After only 23 years, there were signs of major change going on around the Beltway 8 intersection by the Spring of 2013.  A multitude of fast food restaurants and auto service stations along the frontage roads near the interchange suddenly closed, and were demolished shortly thereafter.  Large blocks of trees and foliage were cleared away by bulldozers, and before you knew it, there were construction barrels and upturned soil everywhere you looked.  This was the beginning of the second generation of the interchange, much like the one further south along the tollway at I-10.  

JANUARY 2007
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 013.jpg : This is the one of the oldest photos I have of 290 in my personal collection.  It is looking west along 290 from the Beltway 8 flyover ramps.  You can see a lot of the businesses that were later demolished in 2013.

JUNE 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 52.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 main lanes through Beltway 8 interchange, right before a familiar "bump" in the freeway that existed for ages.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 53.jpg : Another photo in sequence, traveling westbound on 290 through the Beltway 8 interchange.  Notice all the rust bleeding down from the steel crossbeams that were never primed or sealed.

JULY  2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2012a 008.jpg : Traveling eastbound on 290 taking the Beltway 8 exit ramps.  Notice Jack's Carpet (formerly Carpet, Texas) still intact on the far right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2012a 009.jpg : Taking the flyover ramp to Beltway 8 North from 290 East.  You can see 290 on the right, and the Unisys building in the distance.  Not the most impressive photo, but one from the original complete 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2012a 010.jpg : Taking the flyover ramp to Beltway 8 North from 290 East.  This is looking more towards the Beltway 8 alignment through Jersey Village.

MARCH  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 039.jpg : Some establishing shots of 290 and Beltway 8 taken from the original West Little York bridge over 290, 1 of 5.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 042.jpg : Photo 4 of 5 (looking towards the side of the eastbound frontage road near the Little York Park & Ride.)

MAY  2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 012.jpg : Old office/warehouse from the 1970's vacant and awaiting demolition.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 013.jpg : The old sign frame for this warehouse, overgrown with vines.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 014.jpg : Facing eastbound along Hempstead Rd. towards the Beltway 8 interchange, prior to any demolition in the immediate area.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 171.jpg : Intersection of 290 eastbound frontage road and FM 529 on a weekday morning rush hour.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 172.jpg : Crossing under the 290 & Beltway 8 interchange along Hempstead Rd.  This is where the new northbound frontage lanes for Beltway 8 ran through.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 173.jpg : The last days of Jack's Carpet, at the southeast corner of 290 and Beltway 8, viewed from Hempstead Rd.

JUNE 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 049.jpg : Facing the 290 & Beltway 8 interchange from Hempstead at Hillcrest Rd., an old rural road that was overtaken and chopped up by the presence of both 290 and the tollway.  The last remnants of the road are shown here.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 050.jpg : Facing the 290 & Beltway 8 interchange from Hempstead Rd. next to Hillcrest Rd.

AUGUST 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 019.jpg : Driving along the original eastbound frontage road of 290 underneath Beltway 8.  This photo is approaching the interchange near Hillcrest Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 020.jpg : Eastbound frontage road, passing beneath the exit ramps from 290 to Beltway 8 North/South.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 021.jpg : Eastbound frontage road, ahead is the exit ramp from Beltway 8 North to 290 West.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 022.jpg : Eastbound frontage road, passing beneath the actual Beltway 8 main lanes.  What a monster of a freeway by 1980's standards.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 024.jpg : This is the brand new eastbound frontage road corridor, facing west from XL Parts distribution warehouse.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 025.jpg : Facing east (inbound) along 290 from the site of the new eastbound frontage road, at XL Parts.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 026.jpg : Facing west along the new eastbound frontage road right of way (marked by pink ribbons) underneath Beltway 8.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 027.jpg : Facing west along the original eastbound frontage road underneath Beltway 8.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 069.jpg : Aerial photograph of 290 and Beltway 8 interchange, facing west.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 070.jpg : Aerial photograph of 290 and Beltway 8 interchange, just inside the Beltway.  Visible are the XL Parts distribution warehouse and the Stonehaven Apartment Homes.

JANUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 103.JPG : Aerial photo of the Sam Houston Tollway at 290.  This is focused on the southbound exit ramp to the tollway from the inbound 290 lanes.  At the bottom is Hempstead Rd. and at the top is Senate Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 104.JPG : Aerial photo of the entire Sam Houston Tollway & 290 interchange, facing south along the tollway during the reconstruction.

FEBRUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 008.JPG : Approaching the tollway interchange from eastbound 290, in the original configuration.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 009.JPG : A closer look at the north/south exit ramps to the tollway from eastbound 290.

MARCH 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 062.JPG : An establishing shot of 290/Beltway 8 interchange from Hempstead Rd., facing south.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 063.JPG : A photo facing north from the same location on Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 064.JPG : Facing west (northwest actually) along Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 065.JPG : The ramps for the southbound frontage lanes of Beltway 8 over Hempstead, facing north from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 066.JPG : The ramps for the southbound frontage lanes of Beltway 8 over Hempstead, facing south from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2014a 068.jpg : On the westbound frontage road of 290 at Beltway 8 frontage road intersection, facing south towards the old U-turn lane, closed at the time of the photo.

APRIL 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 045.jpg : Looking up at the old flyover ramps from down on Hempstead Rd., black & white photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 046.jpg : A detail shot (black & white also) of the old barrier wall, the hexagon-shaped pebble tiles used near 290 & Beltway 8.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 047.JPG : One of the old office warehouses on Hempstead Rd. just outside the tollway perimeter.  This was built in the 1970's, and is currently awaiting demolition in this shot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 048.JPG : A huge mound of dirt that was created during the land clearing near the interchange and Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 049.JPG : A row of old buildings on Hempstead Rd. just outside the beltway perimeter that were later torn down for the new interchange work.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 052.JPG : Facing north at the interchange from Hempstead Rd., early morning.

OCTOBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 001.jpg : Westbound 290 frontage road, facing under the freeway at the new frontage road ramps being built over Hempstead Rd. in the distance.

NOVEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 019.JPG : Facing south along the Beltway from Hempstead Rd.  The new ramp structure on the left is part of the new continuous northbound frontage road for BW8.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 020.JPG : Facing west along Hempstead Rd. beneath the Beltway 8 overpass and the newly formed frontage road ramps.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 021.JPG : The Beltway 8 exit flyovers for 290 East and West, viewed from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 022.JPG : Another view of the newly formed Beltway 8 frontage road (northbound) where it bypasses Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 023.JPG : A view of the construction site near Hempstead Rd. and the Beltway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 024.JPG : Zooming in towards the 290 & Beltway interchange.  The old 290 freeway structure can be seen towards the right of the photo.

DECEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 035.JPG : The newly completed continuous frontage roads are now completed at the Beltway 8 intersection.  This is the northbound feeder approaching 290 from the south.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 036.JPG : The 290 & Beltway 8 frontage road intersection, facing west along 290 where new freeway main lanes and walls are under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 037.JPG : New support columns for the expanded 290 main lanes, facing west along 290 corridor while traveling north on Beltway frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 038.JPG : Traveling northbound on Beltway 8 frontage road crossing the 290 intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 039.JPG : Traveling southbound on Beltway 8 frontage road approaching the 290 intersection.  Current feeder path has been diverted to the left of the original lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 041.JPG : The 290 & Beltway 8 frontage road intersection, facing south across 290 towards the newly finished ramps over Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 043.JPG : Traveling south on Beltway 8 new frontage road, about to pass over Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 044.JPG : Traveling south on Beltway 8 new frontage road, coming down the hill towards the new intersection with Senate Dr.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 015.JPG : Traveling eastbound on 290 inside the Beltway 8 interchange, at the exit ramp for W. Little York/Gessner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 043.JPG : The frontage road intersections of 290 & Beltway 8, facing the 290 freeway from the eastbound shoulder.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 044.JPG : Same photo as above, looking slightly to the right.
May 2015a 045.JPG : 290 & Beltway 8 frontage road intersection, the eastbound side.  You can see both the old and new designs and emblems of the old and new freeway barrier walls. (Standard link, does not open new window)
May 2015a 046.JPG : The eastbound frontage road (newly opened) just inside the Beltway. (Standard link, does not open new window)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 060.JPG : 290 & Beltway 8 intersection from the westbound frontage road.  Traffic has been switched to the new pavement while the old frontage road sits to the left.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 061.JPG : 290 & Beltway 8 intersection from the westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 103.jpg : A random afternoon photo of the 290 & Beltway 8 frontage road intersection, facing inbound after the Memorial Day thunderstorms & flooding.

JULY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 002.jpg : The westbound frontage road between Little York and the Beltway interchange, being rerouted while workers build the new frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 003.jpg : The westbound frontage road approaching the Beltway interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 004.jpg : The westbound frontage road between the Beltway and Senate.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 062.jpg : New freeway lanes being constructed where the old westbound frontage road used to be.  The new frontage lanes are now active between West Little York and the Tollway.

OCTOBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 075.JPG : 290 & Sam Houston Tollway interchange, zoomed in from Brittmoore Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 076.JPG : 290 Westbound frontage road approaching Beltway 8 frontage road intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 077.JPG : 290 Westbound frontage road approaching Beltway 8 frontage road, zoomed in.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 052.JPG : Saturday, Jan. 23.  The day 290 construction got ugly.  In this shot, the exit ramps to the tollway from westbound 290 have been closed, and the frontage road is down to two lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 053.JPG : A huge line of cars on the westbound 290 frontage road while the main lanes sit closed to demolish a portion of the tollway exit ramps.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 054.JPG : Workers demolish a huge section of the north and southbound exit ramps to the Sam Houston Tollway on the westbound side. 
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 055.JPG : The West Little York Park & Ride access ramp, and the westbound main lanes closed.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 057.JPG : The Hotel Preet (former Holiday Inn) at 290 & West Little York.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 058.JPG : The 290 westbound main lanes closed, facing east from the Little York overpass.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 041.jpg : Crossing beneath the Beltway on the westbound main lanes, which split off in two directions.  The new ramps on the right split off two lanes with an exit for Senate and FM 529.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 042.jpg : A troublesome one-lane passage on the westbound main lanes under Beltway 8 while construction crews work on the inner lanes of the freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 043.jpg : The westbound main lanes just outside of the Beltway 8 interchange, passing over Senate & FM 529 through Jersey Village.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 044.jpg : The westbound main lanes approaching Senate & FM 529.  The outer lane extensions are now in use, and the interior lanes are being renovated.



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SENATE AVE. & FM 529

(Above photo: An overhead view of the 290 & Senate Dr. intersection, as seen from Hempstead Rd, overpass, May 2015)

 Traveling outbound from the Sam Houston Tollway perimeter, the first intersections are Senate Avenue, and FM 529.  Senate, which runs into the middle of the suburbs of Jersey Village, was originally intended to be the right-of-way for Beltway 8 during the first planning stages.  However, strong opposition from residents of Jersey Village forced HCTRA to reroute the tollway around the community.  Had it not been for the opposition, Senate Ave. would no longer exist today.  Instead, Senate (south of 290) was transformed into the southbound frontage road for the tollway.  It did not link directly to the northbound frontage road beyond 290, and was probably a bit confusing for non-locals traveling in the area.  This non-continuous frontage road problem was rectified in 2014 with the construction of new frontage lanes that passed over Hempstead Rd.
   FM 529, the next intersection, comes to an end at 290, as it always has.  In the 1980's, FM 529 was still only a two lane rural road that ended at the 290 frontage road after the railroad crossing.  When the 290 main lanes were built through Jersey Village in the very late 1980's, FM 529 was realigned to the south, where it intersected the 290 frontage road below grade.  This was also perhaps one of the largest intersections in the 290 corridor, and the highest off the ground.  The old FM 529 intersection was abandoned (see abandoned roads page for details), and remained so until 2013 when it was used as a construction access road for the new 290 project. It was at this point that Hempstead Rd. was also fragmented by the construction plans, ending at Brittmoore.

FEBRUARY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (107).jpg : Facing east along Hempstead Rd. where it passes over Senate Ave.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (108).jpg : Facing west along Hempstead Rd. from Senate Ave. overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (109).jpg : Facing east along Hempstead Rd. where it passes over Senate Ave.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (110).jpg : The 290 and Senate Ave. intersection, viewed from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (112).jpg : Facing north on Brittmoore Rd. towards 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (113).jpg : Facing north on Brittmoore Rd., slightly left of previous photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (114).jpg : The strip of businesses along 290 frontage road near Senate, facing east between Hempstead Rd. and 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH (115).jpg : 290 eastbound frontage road approaching Senate Ave., with Wendy's, McDonald's, and Taco Bell still in operation.

JUNE 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 045.jpg : Black & white photo, looking up at the 290 overpass at FM 529.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 046.jpg : Traveling eastbound on the 290 frontage road at FM 529 (the below grade intersection)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 047.jpg : Traveling eastbound on Hempstead Rd. (the continuation past Brittmoore Rd.).  

AUGUST 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 177.jpg : Traveling eastbound on frontage road approaching Senate Dr.  Though the photo is blurred, it does a good job capturing the actual light of the area at dusk.  The Taco Bell is still open in this shot.

DECEMBER 2012
 The following are all photos of the string of restaurants and businesses along the 290 frontage road at Senate Dr.  Before the overhaul of the intersection, it contained a Taco Bell, a McDonald's, a Wendy's, a Brake Check, a CSI collision shop, and a Phillips 66 station. In late 2012, the restaurants all were sequentially closed, and the other businesses vacated the area by the end of the year.  The Phillips 66 station was actually torn down in the late 1990's or early 2000's, long before the construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 030.jpg : The back of the Mc Donald's at 290 & Senate.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 033.jpg : Facing east along 290 frontage road at Senate. 
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 034.jpg : Facing west along the inbound frontage road at Senate.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 035.jpg : The Taco Bell at 290 & Senate, captured in its final weeks of operation.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 037.jpg : Another photo of the Taco Bell, still open.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 038.jpg : The remains of an old Phillips 66 gas station.  a very small convenience store/cashier booth with a single pump island on either side of it. 
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 039.jpg : Shown here is the entry walkway and the tile floor of the store (it was a tiny store built to early 80's standards).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 040.jpg : Another view of the foundation & tile floor, and some of the parking lot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 041.jpg : A sign in front of Brake Check explaining the relocation of their business.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 042.jpg : The Brake Check auto shop, closed and awaiting demolition.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 043.jpg : The Brake Check auto shop, closed and awaiting demolition.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 044.jpg : The freeway signage for the Brake Check shop.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 045.jpg : The CSI collision repair shop and another small repair shop beside it.

MARCH 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 001.jpg : The auto repair shops along 290 near Senate, still awaiting demolition while the restaurants next door are torn down.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 003.jpg : The Wendy's being demolished by a wrecking crew.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 004.jpg : Some of the artwork on the side of the auto repair show (I'm assuming done by an employee rather than a random graffiti artist).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 005.jpg : Another photo of the Wendy's being demolished.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 006.jpg : The back side of the Brake Check & other repair shops, viewed from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 007.jpg : Facing west along Hempstead Rd. towards the below-grade intersection of FM 529.  The 290 frontage lanes align perfectly with Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 044.jpg : 290 at FM 529, facing west along FM 529.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 045.jpg : 290 at FM 529, facing west along FM 529 slightly to the left of previous photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 046.jpg : 290 at FM 529, facing towards the 290 frontage road.

MAY 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 010.jpg : The strip of businesses along the frontage road near Senate has been completely cleared now.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 011.jpg : Facing east along Hempstead Rd. where the back entrance to the Phillips 66 station used to be.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 015.jpg : The railroad crossing at Hempstead Rd. & Brittmoore, facing east along Hempstead.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 016.jpg : The railroad crossing at Hempstead Rd. & Brittmoore, facing north towards 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 018.jpg : Standing at the end of Brittmoore facing eastbound along 290 frontage road with Hempstead Rd. on the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 019.jpg : Zoomed in along the eastbound 290 frontage road near Senate Ave.  The Beltway 8 interchange is also in the shot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 020.jpg : Chevron station on the northeast corner of 290 and Senate Ave., when it was first closed down for the construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 021.jpg : Chevron station on the northeast corner of 290 and Senate Ave.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 022.jpg : One of the gas pumps at the Chevron station.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 023.jpg : The inside of the Chevron station, emptied out. (Peeking through the glass, I didn't actually go inside the store)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 024.jpg : The inside of the Chevron station, emptied out.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 025.jpg : The inside of the Chevron station, emptied out.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 171.jpg : Sitting at the light at FM 529 on the 290 eastbound frontage road (black & white).

JUNE 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 051.jpg : The side of the 290 eastbound frontage road approaching Senate Ave.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 052.jpg : The side of the 290 eastbound frontage road at Senate Ave.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 053.jpg : The northwest corner of 290 and Senate Ave. (empty field) as seen from the U-turn lane.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 054.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 frontage road between Senate Ave. & FM 529.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 055.jpg : A sequential photo from the above one, between Senate Ave. & FM 529.

AUGUST 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 156.jpg : On Senate Avenue northbound lanes at the 290 signal, looking up at the Hempstead Rd. overpass and all the pipeline infrastructure.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 157.jpg : On Senate Avenue, facing the corner where Taco Bell once stood.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 158.jpg : On Senate Avenue at 290, facing north towards the 290 overpass.

OCTOBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 019.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 main lanes past FM 529, facing the Motel 6 and Taqueria Arandas (originally The Kettle) of Jersey Village.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 024.jpg : The Chevron station on the northeast corner of 290 and Senate, still standing.  The conduit blocks are waiting to be buried along the property.

NOVEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 062.jpg : One of my best shots from a moving car; a view of 290 & Senate Ave. coming down from the Sam Houston Tollway exit ramp to 290 West.

JANUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 102.JPG : Aerial photo of 290 at FM 529.  Joe Myers Ford is at the bottom, and the old abandoned FM 529 ending can be seen to the right of the present alignment.

FEBRUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2014a 007.JPG : Traveling eastbound on 290 main lanes approaching FM 529/Senate Ave. exit.  Notice the mess they made of the frontage road situation.

NOVEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 016.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Brittmoore (between 529 and Senate), facing a newly laid portion of the new eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 017.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Brittmoore, facing east along the newly poured frontage road.  This is where the auto shops & fast food restaurants used to be.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 018.JPG : Facing east along the new frontage road towards Senate Dr., and the Beltway 8 interchange.

DECEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 018.JPG : The Chevron on the northeast corner of 290 & Senate, still standing but with the new frontage road underway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 020.JPG : The new frontage road corridor carved out in front of the Chevron at 290 & Senate.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 021.JPG : The 290 & Beltway interchange as seen from the Chevron parking lot, including the original FM 529/Senate exit ramp.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 022.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Senate viewed from the Chevron parking lot with new frontage road carved out.  Notice the sign directing Beltway 8 frontage road traffic left on Senate.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 023.JPG : Facing west along the 290 frontage road from Senate, zoomed in.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 046.JPG : Northbound on Senate Dr. approaching 290.  Senate Dr. has now been relieved of its duties as the southbound Beltway 8 frontage road, and is back to being a normal road.

MARCH 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 001.jpg : Westbound frontage road at FM 529, where a double-left turn lane was the scene of frequent accidents from motorists not paying attention to the lane markings. 

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 001.jpg : The vacant Chevron store at 290 & Senate, with the new westbound frontage lanes freshly poured.  By the end of May some of the new frontage road outside Beltway 8 was opened to traffic.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 014.JPG : Traveling eastbound on the main lanes approaching the FM 529/Senate exit ramp.  The shoulders are a mess of construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 042.JPG : The eastbound frontage road approaching Senate Dr.  Traffic has been shifted onto new pavement, and then back to the original right of way at the signal, which will be moved to the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 047.JPG : A general view of the 290 & Senate Dr. intersection, as seen from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 048.JPG : The eastbound frontage road before Senate Dr., facing back west while the old frontage lanes are demolished,
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 049.JPG : Facing further along the old eastbound frontage lanes, which have been demolished to make way for the new main lanes.  Notice the accident on the main lanes visible in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 050.JPG : This is the westbound frontage road at FM 529, where Joe Myers Ford parks their inventory.  The future frontage lanes have been identified, but traffic is still using the old right of way.

JULY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 005.jpg : 290 & Senate, the westbound frontage road facing south to the new U-turn lanes, still under construction here.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 049.JPG : Westbound frontage lanes at FM 529.  New lanes are under construction, indicated by the new barrier wall on the right, but traffic is still using the old frontage alignment.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 050.JPG : Traveling westbound past the FM 529 intersection, near Joe Myers Ford/Kia.

OCTOBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 069.JPG : 290 & FM 529, construction along the eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 074.JPG : 290 & Brittmoore, facing inbound along the new frontage road, where the old Brake Check/CSI/Wendy's/McDonald's/Taco Bell used to be.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 075.JPG : 290 & Sam Houston Tollway interchange, zoomed in from Brittmoore.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 026.JPG : 290 westbound main lanes at the Senate Ave./FM 529 exit, which has now been permanently closed in this photo.  It was demolished shortly after this.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 039.JPG : 290 freeway viewed from Brittmoore, with FM 529 overpass in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 040.JPG : The railroad crossing at Brittmoore and Hempstead Rd., an old intersection with the much newer 290 in the background.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 041.JPG : The 290 & FM 529 intersection undergoing expansion construction on the eastbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 044.JPG : Facing eastbound at the split between the 290 freeway and Hempstead Rd. at Brittmoore.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 049.JPG : 290 & Senate Ave., the eastbound side, viewed from the Hempstead overpass. (Compare with the photo at the beginning of this chapter).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 050.JPG : 290 & Senate Ave., the eastbound side, zoomed in.

APRIL 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2016a 005.JPG : Aerial photo of 290 construction progress at the FM 529 intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2016a 006.JPG : Aerial photo of 290 construction progress at FM 529, facing outbound along the westbound lanes.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 063.JPG : Aerial photo of the 290 & Senate intersection, with the remnants of the old Chevron station still standing.  It was this intersection that became one of the worst bloopers in freeway construction.  On the westbound frontage road, the right lane became a "Right Turn Only" lane, so nearly every motorist failed to read the signs, and waited until the last second to put their left signal on to try and cut in line with the cars in the middle lane going straight.  This line-cutting only served to slow down the middle lane, causing huge traffic jams.  There were no efforts made to stop this anarchy by using road pylons or curbs during the construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 064.JPG : Aerial photo of the 290 & FM 529 intersection.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 025.JPG : The westbound main lanes over FM 529, now considerably wider on both sides.  This section of freeway really began to blossom in October.





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FM 529 TO JONES RD.

 
(Above photo:  Intersection of Jones Rd. and US 290, January 2014)

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 28.jpg : Gulf Pacific Rice Mill, formerly Moore Rice Dryer, June 2009.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 43.JPG : Intersection of 290 and Jones Rd. before the extension from 290 to FM 529 was opened, Feb. 2011.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 44.JPG : Intersection of 290 and Jones Rd. facing south from 290, new extension not built yet. Feb. 2011.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 pic 55.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 main lanes approaching Jones Rd. exit, June 2011.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2012a 064.jpg : Gulf Pacific/Moore Rice Mill at twilight, December 2012.

MAY 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 046.jpg : Sparkle Sign Co., directly across from Gulf Pacific Rice Mill.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 047.jpg : Facing west along the 290 corridor towards the Eldridge/West Rd. exit, and the Northwest Station Park & Ride ramps.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 048.jpg : Facing east along the 290 corridor towards the Jones Rd. exit.

JANUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 100.JPG : Aerial photo of the Gulf Pacific/Moore Rice Mill.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 101.JPG : Aerial photo of the intersection of 290 & Jones Rd., facing south.

MAY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2014a 001.JPG : The westbound frontage road between FM 529 and Jones Rd., auto dealers losing some front line property to the construction project.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2014a 002.JPG : The 290 westbound frontage road approaching Jones Rd., with Motel 6 and Taqueria Arandas on the right.

NOVEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 014.JPG : Eastbound on 290 main lanes, showing the progress on the frontage roads between Jones and FM 529.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 015.JPG : The eastbound frontage road approaching FM 529.  Across the intersection is a new section of frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 036.jpg : The Taqueria Arandas (former Kettle diner) on the westbound frontage road between FM 529 and Jones, which lies in the path of the future frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 037.jpg : The Valero station on the westbound frontage road between FM 529 and Jones, which looks to be in the path of the future frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 038.jpg : The Jersey Village Whataburger, on the westbound frontage road between FM 529 and Jones.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 039.jpg : The Exxon station at the corner of 290 & Jones Rd.

DECEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 006.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road at Steepleway Dr., facing back towards Jones Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 007.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road at Steepleway Dr., facing back towards Jones Rd. (more emphasis on road shoulder)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 008.JPG : A used car lot on the westbound frontage road at Steepleway Dr.  In this photo it is known as Standard Auto Sales.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 009.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road at Steepleway Dr., facing west towards the Park & Ride ramp and further down, West Road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 011.JPG : Intersection of Steepleway Dr. with the 290 frontage road, with Steeplechase Park entry sign in view.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 012.JPG : The westbound side of 290 between Steepleway Dr. and West Rd. (the Popeye's Chicken parking lot).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 013.JPG : Zoom in of the Northwest Station Park & Ride ramps on the westbound side of 290, facing back towards Steepleway Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 014.JPG : The 290 westbound frontage road approaching West Rd.  Centered on the Popeye's Chicken sign.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 015.JPG : The Popeye's Chicken restaurant on 290 westbound near West Rd. 
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 016.JPG : Another look back at the Northwest Station Park & Ride ramp and the deteriorating walls of the 290 freeway.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 024.JPG : Joe Myers Kia, Mazda, and Ford dealerships along the westbound frontage road losing property to the new frontage road.  Notice the two sets of power lines.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 025.JPG : Facing west along the future westbound frontage road right of way in front of Joe Myers Mazda.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 026.JPG : Facing back east along the westbound frontage road in front of Joe Myers Mazda.  FM 529 intersection in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 027.JPG : The westbound frontage road in front of Joe Myers Ford/Lincoln.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 028.JPG : Joe Myers Mazda dealership, main building.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 030.JPG : Facing west along the westbound frontage road in front of Joe Myers Ford.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 031.JPG : Facing west along the future westbound frontage road right of way in front of Joe Myers Ford.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 032.JPG : Facing west along the future westbound frontage road with Taqueria Arandas in view.  The restaurant had to tear down a portion of their dining area.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 033.JPG : A close up of Taqueria Arandas after demolishing a portion of their dining area to accommodate the new frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 034.JPG : Facing back east along the future westbound frontage road right of way in front of Joe Myers Ford Used Cars.

MARCH 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 005.jpg : The new freeway main lanes being established at the Jones Rd. overpass, on the eastbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 006.jpg : The new freeway main lanes being established at Jones Rd., on the eastbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 007.jpg : The northwest corner of 290 and Jones Rd., which included a Starbucks, a check cashing store, Express Flooring, 290 Smoke Shop, and The Philly Connection cheesesteaks.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 012.JPG : The eastbound frontage road between West & Jones Rd.  (Gulf Pacific Rice on the right)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 013.JPG : The eastbound frontage road between West & Jones Rd., with a new entrance ramp in view.

OCTOBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 078.JPG : Coaches Sports Bar, on the northeast corner of 290 & Jones Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 080.JPG : Harbor Freight Tools, a discount tool & hardware store at the corner of 290 & Jones.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 081.JPG : Willie's Ice House & Grill, also at the corner of 290 & Jones.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 027.JPG : 290 westbound main lanes at the Jones Rd. exit.  Notice the new frontage lanes being built on the far right, but traffic is still using the original lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 028.JPG : A chain of businesses along the westbound frontage road approaching Jones Rd., including United Rentals, Executive Inn & Suites, Valero, Los Cucos, Hartz Chicken, and Exxon.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 030.JPG : 290 westbound main lanes after Jones, approaching West Rd/Eldridge exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 031.JPG : 290 westbound main lanes at the West/Eldridge exit.  Some businesses in view are Public Storage and the Bobcat utility equipment shop.  Beyond that is the Northwest Park & Ride ramps.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 033.jpg : The path for the expanded westbound frontage road being carved out near Jones Rd. (Evening rush hour on a Friday).  The Whataburger closed in February 2016.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 034.jpg : The new frontage road path being carved out, facing west towards Jones Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 035.jpg : One of the buildings that will be impacted by the new frontage road.  At this point, the future of the neighboring Exxon station is uncertain.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 065.JPG : Aerial photo of 290 at Jersey Dr. in the Jersey Village area.  This shopping center is from circa 1980, and a new Whataburger is being built in this photo over the site of the original.  The Valero station and Hartz Chicken Buffet have an uncertain future as frontage road construction may or may not cut into their land.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 045.jpg : The westbound main lanes between FM 529 and Jones Rd.  The original frontage lanes are still in use here, but the new lanes are being carved out to their right.





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WEST RD. TO ELDRIDGE RD.

 
(Above photo: The original 290 eastbound frontage road between SH-6 and Eldridge, approaching the Eldridge signal, Nov. 2013)

JUNE 2009
These are photos of various auto dealerships on 290 and some background.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 32.jpg : Lone Star Chevrolet, on the westbound frontage road between West Rd. & Eldridge. Originally opened around 2001.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 33.jpg : Hub Hyundai/Mitsubishi on the westbound frontage road just before Wortham Blvd.  Hub first opened in 1988, and expanded in 1994.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 40.jpg : Another photo of Hub Hyundai/Mitsubishi.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 34.jpg : This is the new Baker Nissan location at 19630 Northwest Freeway.  It originally opened in 1997 as Texan Lincoln Mercury after Texan relocated from FM 1960.  It later turned into Champion Lincoln/Mercury/Isuzu, and then closed around the 2008 recession.  It is shown here being used to store overflow inventory from Joe Myers Toyota.  It was acquired by Baker Nissan in 2012 when they decided to relocate.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 37.jpg : Joe Myers Toyota, at the corner of 290 frontage road and Eldridge Rd.  Joe Myers Toyota originally opened in 1986, but their current showroom and facility is from around 1999.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 38.jpg : The old Baker Nissan location, right next to Joe Myers Toyota, back when it was still called Baker-Jackson Nissan.  It was first opened in 1997.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 39.jpg : Jim Archer Chrysler/Jeep, a short-lived dealership that did not survive the 2008 recession.  It was later converted into Emerson Process Management, a non-automotive business.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 41.jpg : Northwest Dodge, 290 frontage road at Wortham Blvd., opened in 1998.

JANUARY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 85.JPG : On the eastbound frontage road at West Rd., before any reconstruction began.  John Eagle Honda is visible on the right.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 30.jpg : The eastbound frontage road at Eldridge, facing inbound along 290 on an early weekday morning rush hour.

SEPTEMBER 2011
Photos of the Northwest Saturn dealership at 290 & West Rd.  It first opened in 1988 as some car dealership, but it was made into Northwest Saturn in 1993.   When Saturn went defunct in 2009, the property was closed.  It reopened in 2012 as a Sterling McCall body shop.

JANUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH2 005.jpg : The entrance over the railroad tracks to Phobia Haunted House, located a few blocks past West Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH2 006.jpg : This old house (which was probably here long before Phobia came around) has been turned into a prop for the annual haunted house event.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH2 009.jpg : Another photo of the old house.  I'm not sure how old it is, but the detail work on the roof arches might help date it. I would guess 1940's if I had to.

MAY 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 170.jpg : The new Baker Nissan dealership, at the corner of Crossroads Park and 290 frontage road.

NOVEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 017.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 & Eldridge on a Sunday afternoon about 3:00pm.  The line of cars you see is headed for Traders Village.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 019.jpg : Aerial photo of John Eagle Honda, at 290 & West Rd.  They were originally located at the northwest corner of FM 1960 and Eldridge until about 2004.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 061.jpg : Traveling eastbound on the frontage road approaching the light at Eldridge Rd.  West Rd. is the next light away.

SEPTEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2014a 004.jpg : Intersection of 290 & West Rd. on the westbound side, facing the construction chaos alongside the freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2014a 005.jpg : Intersection of 290 & West Rd. on the westbound side.

NOVEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 006.JPG : The eastbound frontage road between SH-6 and Eldridge.  The vertical concrete stacks on the left are sewer manholes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 007.JPG : The eastbound frontage road approaching Eldridge.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 034.JPG : Westbound on 290 main lanes taking the West Rd./Eldridge exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 035.JPG : The westbound frontage road approaching West Rd.  Passing beneath the old Northwest Park & Ride exit ramp.

DECEMEBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 017.JPG : The 290 westbound frontage road at Eldridge Rd. signal, facing west.

JANUARY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 039.JPG : 290 eastbound frontage road at Eldridge Rd., with new main lanes being constructed on the outside.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 040.JPG : 290 eastbound frontage road at Eldridge Rd., many new support columns have been built for the expansion.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 028.JPG : The eastbound frontage road with Eldridge in the distance.  This is about where the future direct connector from Highway 6 will meet up with 290 inbound lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 029.JPG : The eastbound frontage road approaching Eldridge Parkway intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 030.JPG : 290 & Eldridge intersection, the eastbound side, with new expanded main lanes under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 031.JPG : Proceeding along the eastbound frontage road from Eldridge Parkway, with the new main lane construction coming to a halt after the bridge.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 032.JPG : The eastbound frontage lanes between West Rd. and Jones Rd., approaching the Jones Rd. intersection.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 017.JPG : Eastbound on 290 main lanes near Eldridge/West Rd. exit, facing the incomplete direct connector ramp from SH-6.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 018.JPG : Eastbound on 290 main lanes at the Eldridge/West Rd. exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 021.JPG : Eastbound on 290 main lanes between West Rd. & Jones Rd.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 060.jpg : Aerial view facing inbound along 290 with Eldridge crossing about mid-way through the photo. The direct connector ramps from FM 1960 are still under construction.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 006.JPG : The eastbound frontage road at the Eldridge intersection, post construction. This portion of the freeway appears to be complete on the eastbound side.





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FM 1960/ SH-6

(Above photo: Intersection of 290 and FM 1960, viewed from the southeast corner, April 2013)

Further out along 290, the next major intersection is with FM 1960/ SH-6.  Instead of adhering to the Hempstead Rd. alignment, the actual 290 freeway was curved slightly north of Hempstead Rd. to have a brand new intersection with a freeway overpass.  This was done in the early 1980's.  Before that, the 290 frontage roads merged together as a two-lane highway just before the Hempstead intersection.  The new freeway alignment curved around the old intersection, and slowly made its way towards Cypress over the next decade. The intersection with FM 1960 is actually an intersection with two separate road designations.  Everything south of 290 is part of State Highway 6, and everything north of 290 is designated as FM 1960.  State Highway 6 actually rides piggyback alongside 290 West into Bryan, Tx where it meets up with the remainder of Highway 6.  
   I have compiled all the photos I could find of the 290/FM 1960 intersection.  I only began taking photos as recently as 2005.  They are listed below as photo links, in chronological order.

MARCH 2005
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 01 Pic 01.jpg : Intersection of 290 and FM 1960, viewed from the railroad overpass near Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 07a Pic 01.jpg : The Chevron station at the northeast corner of 290 and FM 1960, prior to being rebuild as a full sized convenient store.

FEBRUARY 2006
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 07a Pic 02.jpg : The Chevron station at the northeast corner of 290 and FM 1960, being rebuilt into a full sized modern service station.

AUGUST 2007
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 01 Pic 07.jpg : Intersection of 290 and FM 1960 (southeast corner), with IHOP and Texas Roadhouse in view on the right.

JUNE 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2011 003.jpg : Intersection of 290 and FM 1960 heading north on SH-6, early morning on a weekday.

JULY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 01 Pic 13.jpg : The intersection of 290 and FM 1960, facing the southwest corner Shell station from the Best Western across the street.

JANUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 026.jpg : One of my few photos of the northwest corner of 290 and FM 1960.  It has always been undeveloped land except for the nearby medical offices.

FEBRUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2012a 044.jpg : Intersection of 290 and FM 1960, facing northeast from the railroad overpass near Hempstead Rd.

APRIL 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2013a 082.jpg : 290 & FM 1960 intersection with filters.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2013a 083.jpg : 290 & FM 1960 intersection with filters.

MAY 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 039.jpg : This is the point at which Hempstead Rd. becomes the 290 eastbound frontage road, right in front of Daniel Valve/SPX.  I am not sure if Daniel Valve has always owned the plant, but the building itself first appeared in the late 1960's.  The blacktop road is part of Hempstead Rd., and the poured concrete is the start of the frontage road, prior to any reconstruction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 040.jpg : Facing back west from the same spot as previous photo, along the second segment of Hempstead Rd.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 041.jpg : A closer look at the delineation between Hempstead Rd. and the 290 frontage road surface, from the same spot as the previous two photos.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 169.jpg : The westbound frontage road at the FM 1960 light, on a typical weekday.  

OCTOBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 036.jpg : Aerial view of the SH-6/FM 1960 intersection with 290.  This view is facing northeast along SH-6.

NOVEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 057.jpg : Standing on Hempstead Rd. near FM 1960 looking west towards 290, now showing the planned expansion right-of-way.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 058.jpg : Same vantage point as previous photo but zoomed in towards the future right-of-way for the westbound frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 060.jpg : Facing east along Hempstead Rd./290 frontage road near FM 1960.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 090.jpg : The barrier wall on the westbound side of 290 at FM 1960, when it was being torn apart for construction work.

DECEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 018.JPG : Entering 290 from Huffmeister, facing the new right-of-way carved out for the continuous frontage road to FM 1960.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 019.JPG : The new right-of-way for the continous frontage road between Huffmeister and FM 1960.  Before reconstruction, the frontage road at Huffmeister forced traffic onto the freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 020.JPG : The eastbound exit to SH-6/FM 1960 from 290 main lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 021.JPG : The eastbound frontage road at SH-6/FM 1960.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 022.JPG : The eastbound frontage road at SH-6/FM 1960.

JANUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 091.JPG : Construction crews starting to hack up the 290 embankment on the eastbound side of the freeway, viewed from the southwest corner of SH-6 and 290.

JUNE 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 017.JPG : Traveling eastbound on 290 main lanes between FM 1960 and Eldridge Parkway.  The on-ramp from FM 1960 is visible on the far right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 019.JPG : The 290 overpass, viewed from FM 1960 just a few blocks east of 290.  I found it interesting that in 2014, I took note that in this random dealing of traffic, I managed to capture three cars from the early 90's that were not common to see in 2014; a Ford Contour, a second generation Chevy Blazer, and a Ford Festiva.

AUGUST 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 087.JPG : The westbound frontage road at the light for FM 1960.  The freeway embankment is now gone, with cement to reinforce the dirt for the overpass.

NOVEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 001.JPG : Facing west towards the 290 & SH-6/1960 intersection from Gander Mountain sporting goods store.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 002.JPG : Facing east along the soon to be eastbound frontage road from Gander Mountain.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 003.JPG : Support structures for a ramp being constructed along what used to be part of Hempstead Rd. It was closed off to traffic earlier in 2014.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 004.JPG : Facing west towards the 290 & SH-6/1960 intersection, along the soon to be eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 005.JPG : The existing on-ramp to 290 from SH-6, where there was originally no continuous frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 010.JPG : Facing west along section 2 of Hempstead Rd (between Eldridge and SH-6) while the road is all torn up.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2014a 012.JPG : Facing east along Hempstead Rd. (currently the site of some new freeway ramp structures going up) between SH-6 and Eldridge.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 027.JPG : This will eventually become the new inbound frontage road from FM 1960/SH-6.  The old entry ramp to 290 is still in use in this photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 034.JPG : Facing inbound along the future frontage lanes from FM 1960/SH-6.  In the distance is the beginnings of the direct on-ramp from SH-6 North to 290 East.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 035.JPG : A closer look at the support columns for the new connector ramp to 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 036.JPG : Facing back towards FM 1960/SH-6 from the future eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 037.JPG : Same view back towards FM 1960/SH-6, but zoomed in.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 038.JPG : A view of the new direct connector ramp to 290 from SH-6, seen from the Gander Mountain parking lot.  The ramp is being built over that small portion of Hempstead Rd. beside the railroad corridor.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 039.JPG : Facing from Gander Mountain parking lot south towards Hempstead Rd.  Nothing special yet, but it will soon be the path of the direct connector ramp.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 001.JPG : The section of Hempstead Rd. just south of 290 & SH-6 (facing west) is being modified to fit a new direct connector ramp to eastbound 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 002.JPG : The old Hempstead Rd. corridor, facing the new direct connector ramp which will merge with 290 near the Eldridge exit ramp.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 003.JPG : Angle view of the new direct connector ramp from SH-6 to 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 004.JPG : Angle view of the new direct connector ramp from SH-6 to 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 006.JPG : A new Hyatt hotel being constructed behind Chuy's and Harris County Smokehouse.  So far only the foundation and plumbing has been laid down.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 008.JPG : Intersection of 290 & SH-6, the eastbound side, with a new frontage road under construction in the foreground.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 009.JPG : New frontage road under construction at 290 & SH-6.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 010.JPG : The new frontage road under construction, and cars being diverted to what remains of the original on-ramp from SH-6 to 290 East.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 011.JPG : A shot of the temporary cement wall used to hold the dirt embankment in place while freeway expansion progresses in the area.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 005.jpg : The northeast corner of 290 & FM 1960, viewed from Wortham Center Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 006.jpg : The northeast corner of 290 & FM 1960, viewed from Goode Co. Barbecue.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 007.jpg : Facing along the westbound frontage road from FM 1960 to Huffmeister (before widening frontage lane).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 008.jpg : Goode Co. Barbecue at 20102 Northwest Freeway.  This was built in 2008.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 065.JPG : Chuy's Mexican restaurant at 290 & FM 1960 wedged between 290 & Hempstead Rd.

MAY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2016a 004.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 & SH-6/FM 1960.  Notice the old Harris County Smokehouse has been leveled, and the new direct connector ramps do not exist yet.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 063.JPG : Newly constructed eastbound frontage lanes from FM 1960/SH-6 to inbound 290, facing back towards FM 1960.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 064.JPG : The Gander Mountain sporting goods store, as seen from the new frontage roads, including a new parking lot entry point.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 065.JPG : Facing west along the newly built eastbound frontage lanes from FM 1960.  Traffic is still using the old entrance ramp to the freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 066.JPG : Facing east along the new frontage road alignment from Gander Mountain, also capturing the construction of the first of the direct connector ramps to 290 from SH-6.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 067.JPG : A closer look at the in-progress direct connector ramp being built behind Gander Mountain on the old Hempstead Road corridor.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 068.JPG : Facing inbound along the 290 corridor from Hempstead Rd. where the direct connector ramp is being built.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 069.JPG : The old Hempstead Road segment on the south side of 290, facing west at the SH-6 overpass.  The new hotel on the right is getting closer to completion.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 001.JPG : The new eastbound frontage road between SH-6 and Eldridge was finally opened in October, and up ahead is the new direct connector ramp (still not open at this time).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 002.JPG : Facing back along the new eastbound frontage road from SH-6.  In between the new concrete and the freeway is what remains of the old forced-entry ramp that used to be here.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 004.JPG : Moving further along the eastbound frontage road, which passes beneath the direct connector ramp and overtakes the old Hempstead Highway right of way.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 005.JPG : The new entrance ramp from SH-6 onto the main lanes of 290.  This is a tricky ramp, because the traffic exiting 290 here interferes with traffic trying to merge on.  A serious design flaw.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 037.JPG : The intersection of SH-6 and 290, facing the southwest corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 038.jpg  : The intersection of SH-6 and 290, in the left turn lane for westbound 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 039.jpg : The intersection of SH-6 and 290, facing the southwest corner (from across the street).
 
MAY 2017: The Demolition of the 290 overpass at FM 1960 (westbound lanes only)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 









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HUFFMEISTER RD.


 
(Above photo: 290 & Huffmeister intersection in August 2014, viewed from medical center parking garage.)

I first began photographing the 290 and Huffmeister intersection in 2005 when the new North Cypress Medical Center went up.  I had seen signs announcing its arrival, and knew it would be advantageous to get some photos before the new hospital was built.  I didn't even consider the future freeway expansion at the time.  The 290 and Huffmeister intersection was completed in the early 1980's, to the north of the original intersection with Hempstead Rd., which had been there for decades prior.  

APRIL 2005
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 02.jpg : The northwest corner of 290 and Huffmeister, before the medical center was built.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 03.jpg : The northwest corner of 290 and Huffmeister, facing north where the Pinnacle apartments are being constructed in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 04.jpg : Facing west along 290 main lanes and frontage road, where the North Cypress Medical Center would be built.

FEBRUARY 2006
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 06.jpg : The westbound 290 frontage road shoulder where the medical center would be built.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 09.jpg : Sitting at the light at Huffmeister and Hempstead Rd., facing north towards 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 10.jpg : Looking down at Huffmeister from the 290 overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 11.jpg : Looking down at Huffmeister from the 290 overpass.

OCTOBER 2006
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 07.jpg : The North Cypress Medical Center, viewed from across the freeway on the eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 14.jpg : 290 eastbound frontage road approaching Huffmeister.  On the right is Hempstead Rd., on the left is the remainder of the frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 15.jpg : 290 eastbound frontage road approaching Huffmeister, facing back west towards the main lanes during sunset.

JANUARY 2007
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 08.jpg : The northwest corner of 290 and Huffmeister, facing the new Medical Center.

APRIL 2009
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 20.jpg : The North Cypress Medical Center Professional Building.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 21.jpg : The building next door to the Professional Building under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 22.jpg : The Professional Building II and parking garage under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 23.jpg : The parking garage under construction, viewed from the 290 frontage road approaching Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 24.jpg : Closer look at the new parking garage under construction.  The Merche! restaurant was also built into this structure as an independent restaurant.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 25.jpg : The Professional Building II under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 26.jpg : The Professional Building II under cosntruction.

SEPTEMBER 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 039.jpg : Photo of 290 & Huffmeister taken from the roof of the medical center parking garage.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 040.jpg : Photo of 290 & Huffmeister, facing the Cypress Falls water tower and Cy-Falls High School in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 041.jpg : Looking across 290 from the medical center parking garage towards Cypress Falls community.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 042.jpg : Facing west along 290 from the roof of the medical center parking garage.

SEPTEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 046.jpg : Eastbound on frontage road where Hempstead Rd. splits off towards Huffmeister, pre-construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 047.jpg : A sequential photo of the same route getting closer to Huffmeister. Bus Barn of Texas (BBOT) visible on the right.

OCTOBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 022.jpg : Traveling westbound on the 290 frontage road between FM 1960 and Huffmeister Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 023.jpg : North Cypress Medical Center viewed from 290 westbound main lanes.

NOVEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 033.jpg : Facing along the westbound frontage road from Huffmeister Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 034.jpg : 290 & Huffmeister overpass, freshly torn up for the construction project.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 035.jpg : 290 & Huffmeister, facing under the freeway from the northwest corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 036.jpg : 290 & Huffmeister, facing under the freeway towards what is now a giant warehouse.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 045.jpg : Eastbound on frontage road where Hempstead Rd. splits off towards Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 046.jpg : Facing the northeast corner of Huffmeister & Hempstead Rd. where a warehouse is being built.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 047.jpg : A taqueria on the northwest corner of Huffmeister & Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 049.jpg : The original 290 & Huffmeister intersection on the eastbound side, pre-construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 051.jpg : The cleared lot of land on the southeast corner of 290 and Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 052.jpg : The cleared lot of land, closer to the corner of Hempstead and Huffmeister, facing east along the Hempstead corridor.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 053.jpg : Taqueria on the northwest corner of Hempstead & Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 063.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 main lanes facing the cleared land where a warehouse would be built soon.

DECEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 005.JPG : Facing west along Hempstead Rd. towards Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 006.JPG : Facing the 290 & Huffmeister intersection from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 007.JPG : Facing the 290 & Huffmeister intersection from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 008.JPG : Facing east along Hempstead Rd. towards the SH-6 overpass.  Not so much related to 290 but part of the same photo sequence.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 012.JPG : Facing across the empty lot towards 290 from Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 013.JPG : Facing west along Hempstead Rd. towards Huffmeister, pre-warehouse days.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 014.JPG : Facing west along Hempstead Rd. across the Huffmeister intersection.  This small segment of Hempstead closed in mid-2014.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 016.JPG : The 290 & Huffmeister intersection, eastbound side, at the beginning stages of reconstruction.

AUGUST 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 088.JPG : 290 & Huffmeister intersection under construction, viewed from roof of medical center parking garage.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 089.JPG : 290 & Huffmeister intersection, viewed from medical center parking garage.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 090.JPG : Facing across 290 from the roof of the medical center parking garage.

DECEMBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 047.JPG : The eastbound frontage road approaching Huffmeister, with a newly refinished branch-off route to Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2014a 048.JPG : The eastbound frontage road approaching Huffmeister, with a newly refinished branch-off route to Hempstead Rd.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 012.JPG : A new Exxon station being constructed at the southeast corner of 290 & Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 013.JPG : Another photo of the pump island at the new Exxon.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 014.JPG : Facing the southwest corner (across from the new Exxon station).

MARCH 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2016a 041.jpg : The southwest corner of 290 and Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2016a 042.jpg : The westbound frontage road just past Huffmeister, with the North Cypress Medical Center on the right.

APRIL 2016
Overnight between April 17th and 18th, the Houston area experienced a massive rain that caused floods of epic proportions across the west side of Houston.  20 inches of rain fell in a single night, and the relentless pounding of heavy rains caused a temporary concrete wall to collapse at the intersection of 290 and Huffmeister.  This photo was taken on the morning of the 18th, only hours after the wall had collapsed.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 046.JPG : 290 & Huffmeister, viewed from the northwest corner near North Cypress Medical Center.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 047.JPG : 290 & Huffmeister, facing the westbound frontage lanes (under construction) in front of the medical center.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 048.JPG : The parking lot of North Cypress Medical Center, including the Merche restaurant at the base of the parking garage.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 049.JPG : The newly constructed frontage road at 290 & Huffmeister, facing the intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 050.JPG : The new frontage road, facing west.  Traffic is still using the original frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 051.JPG : Facing back along the new westbound frontage road.  The opposite side of 290 has not been worked on yet, still sitting partially demo'd.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 036.JPG : 290 & Huffmeister intersection, the eastbound side.  





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TELGE RD.

Next we have Telge Road, which runs both north and south of 290.  Originally when 290 was just Hempstead Road, Telge ended there.  The extension of Telge south of 290 was not made until 1980.  Near the intersection of Telge on the westbound frontage road is Carl's Barbecue, a restaurant that has been in business since 1954, as well as a VFW post, and a small airport known as Weiser Airpark.  The north half of the 290/Telge intersection is very school oriented.  The northwest corner is home to Cy-Fair High School, which has been standing since around 1940, and Arnold Middle School, which came later.  Across the street on the northeast corner is the CFISD bus maintenance facility/parking lot, a local police station, and the district's FFA rodeo and auction facility.

WEISER AIR PARK
   Weiser Airpark was built primarily in 1963 & 64, but the Weiser family owned a ranch on that land for many years prior.  The paved runway was not installed until around 1980.  To get the full history on the airport as well as the services offered there, visit their website at www.weiserairport.com.  I remember this airport growing up because it was close to our house, and my dad flew small planes out of there in the early 1980's.  Aside from a few paint jobs, the place looks exactly like I remember it from decades ago.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 93.jpg : Weiser Airpark, 2011 (windsock and viewing room near the runway)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2013a 073.jpg : An aircraft on final approach to Weiser, crossing over 290, May 2013.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 015.JPG : The entrance drive to Weiser from 290 frontage road, March 2015.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 016.JPG : The hangars at Weiser on an early Saturday morning, March 2015.

  
APRIL 2009 
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 27.jpg : Carl's Barbecue, on the westbound frontage road near Telge.

JUNE 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 57.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 main lanes in front of Cy-Fair High School.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 86.jpg : The view of Weiser Airpark from the 290 main lanes.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 88.jpg : Tex-Fab Inc. of Cypress, on the westbound frontage road past Telge.  This huge metal warehouse was first built in 1950, with additions in 1981.

NOVEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 037.jpg : 290 westbound frontage road near Telge at a small street called Ladino, facing back towards Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 038.jpg : Same angle as previous photo but better quality.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 039.jpg : Corner of 290 and Ladino, the used bus sales lot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 040.jpg : Facing west along westbound frontage road towards Telge, from Ladino Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 041.jpg : Facing west along westbound frontage road towards Telge, from Ladino Rd. (zoom)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 042.jpg : Facing west along westbound frontage road towards Telge, showing the businesses on the right side of the road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 043.jpg : Facing west along westbound frontage road towards Telge. (full zoom)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2013a 044.jpg : One of the old school buses for sale, just thought it was a good photo to take.

APRIL 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 041.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Telge Rd. (westbound side), facing south on Telge Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 042.JPG : Demolition crews beginning to tear up the embankment of 290 at Telge.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 044.JPG : The southeast corner of 290 and Telge, facing east along the frontage road.

JUNE 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 014.JPG : Facing east along 290 from the Telge overpass.  On the right is the new exit ramp for Huffmeister.  The original exit was further up the road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 020.JPG : Standing on the northeast side of 290 & Telge, facing back east along the westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 021.JPG : Standing on the northeast side of 290 & Telge, facing the intersection, stripped of its embankments.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 023.JPG : Facing the intersection of 290 & Telge from the northeast corner.

AUGUST 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 091.JPG : 290 & Telge intersection viewed from the westbound frontage lane, construction work on new lanes beginning.

MARCH 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 010.JPG : 290 & Ladino Rd., facing back towards Huffmeister (compare with November 2013 photos).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 011.JPG : 290 & Ladino Rd., facing west towards Telge Rd. (compare with November 2013 photos).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 012.JPG : Facing west along 290 towards the Telge Rd. overpass from Ladino Rd. (compare with November 2013 photos).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 013.JPG : 290 & Ladino Rd., facing south across all lanes (compare with November 2013 photos).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 014.JPG : A littering of signage and construction upheaval along the westbound frontage lanes approaching Telge Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 017.JPG : Construction progress at the 290 & Telge Rd. intersection, on the westbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2015a 018.JPG : Facing west along the 290 corridor from Telge Rd.

AUGUST 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 015.JPG : Installing the new freeway wall at 290 & Telge on the westbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 016.JPG : The new expanded lane supports being constructed at 290 & Telge on the westbound side. (Viewed from the U-turn)

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 052.JPG : 290 & Hemwick Dr., new frontage lanes on the westbound side are nearing completion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 053.JPG : 290 & Hemwick Dr., facing west along the new & old frontage roads.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 054.JPG : 290 & Hemwick Dr., facing west along the new frontage road, zoomed in towards Huffmeister.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 055.JPG : 290 & Hemwick Dr., facing the northeast corner during frontage road construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 056.JPG : 290 & Hemwick Dr., facing west along the new westbound frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 057.JPG : 290 & Hemwick dr., zoomed in view along the new frontage lanes.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 058.JPG : 290 & Ladino Rd., closer to Telge but still part of Hemwick neighborhood.  This is the new frontage road construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 059.JPG : 290 & Ladino Rd., facing west along the new and old frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 061.JPG : 290 & Ladino Rd., a view facing inbound along 290 from the new frontage lane construction zone.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 062.JPG : 290 & Ladino Rd., facing the northeast corner where Westside Drywall operates.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 040.jpg : Westbound 290 main lanes approaching the Telge Rd. overpass. Just ahead is a student pilot landing at Weiser Air Park.
 
JANUARY 2017
 Cy-Fair High School Main Drive
 Cy-Fair High School Main Drive
 Traveling eastbound over the Telge Rd. overpass.  (Weiser Air Park is on left)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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BARKER-CYPRESS RD.


 
(Above photo: 290 at the Barker-Cypress intersection, October 2013)


JUNE 2009
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 50.jpg : Traveling eastbound on 290 main lanes passing beneath the Barker-Cypress bridge.

DECEMBER 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 94.jpg : The elevated 290 & Barker-Cypress intersection, facing inbound from the south side of 290.

FEBRUARY 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 040.jpg : The reshaping of the access roads at 290 & Barker-Cypress.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 041.jpg : The reshaping of the access roads at 290 & Barker-Cypress.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 042.jpg : The westbound frontage road signal at Barker-Cypress.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 043.jpg : The Randall's filling station at the northeast corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 044.jpg : A string of shops on the northeast corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 045.jpg : Facing inbound on 290 from the Barker-Cypress bridge (pre-construction)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2013a 046.jpg : A view of the access road construction from the eastbound frontage road.

OCTOBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 029.jpg : Aerial photo of the 290 & Barker-Cypress intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 049.jpg : Aerial photo of the 290 & Barker-Cypress intersection, focused on the northeast corner Randalls' shopping center.

JUNE 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 011.JPG : Traveling eastbound on 290 at the old Barker-Cypress exit ramp.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 013.JPG : Passing beneath the Barker-Cypress overpass on eastbound 290 main lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 088.JPG : Traffic backed up at Barker-Cypress and 290 (northbound) during widening of the overpass in Summer 2014.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 089.JPG : Traveling eastbound on 290 frontage road, coming down from the elevated Barker-Cypress intersection.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 099.JPG : Facing east along 290 main lanes from on top of the Barker-Cypress overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 100.JPG : The eastbound frontage road from Barker-Cypress to the on ramp before Telge.

SEPTEMBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2015a 013.JPG : Facing the Barker-Cypress overpass from the eastbound main lanes.

OCTOBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 054.JPG : Facing west along the 290 corridor from the Barker-Cypress overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 055.JPG : Facing east along the 290 corridor from the same spot.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 023.JPG : Eastbound main lanes at the Barker-Cypress overpass.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 063.JPG : Facing east along 290 from the Barker-Cypress/290 frontage road intersection.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 035.JPG : 290 eastbound main lanes approaching the Barker-Cypress overpass. There is evidence of the old exit ramp, and where the new concrete tied into the existing freeway lanes.



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SKINNER RD.

   The intersection of 290 and Skinner is a relatively small exit, situated between Barker-Cypress and Spring-Cypress roads.  In late 2014, the Skinner exit ramp was closed for expansion work on 290.  The only real significance of this intersection is that it was once home to an automobile dealership known most recently as Doug Russell Chevrolet, or Cy-Fair Chevrolet to some.  The dealership closed down (I believe in the early 1990's) but the building remained until 2004.  Prior to that, there was another Chevrolet dealership near the same location known as Kitzman Chevrolet, but I have currently been unable to verify this with any photos or documentation.  This is just what I've been told.  Today, Skinner Rd. is becoming a crowded intersection.  The land where the dealership once stood is now a multi-story modern retail complex.  In December 2015, the eastbound on-ramp from Spring-Cypress was closed for construction, so all the traffic had to get on the freeway before Barker-Cypress, which was quite a way down if you were coming from Fry Rd. or Spring-Cypress.


MARCH 2009
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 40.jpg : Best Buy at 290 between Skinner Rd. and Spring-Cypress on the eastbound side.

JUNE 2009
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 47.jpg : Intersection of 290 & Skinner, the eastbound side, prior to any construction or expansion.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 48.jpg : Facing the northeast corner of 290 and Skinner from under the freeway.  This corner used to be the site of Doug Russell Chevrolet (aka Cy-Fair Chevrolet) in the 1980's.

FEBRUARY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/HH3 032.jpg : Facing inbound along 290 frontage road towards Skinner from the end of section 3 of Hempstead Rd.

JULY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 67.jpg : Another photo of the northeast corner of 290 & Skinner.

JULY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jul 2015a 006.jpg : The eastbound side of 290 at Skinner, still awaiting its facelift.

OCTOBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 018.JPG : Westbound frontage road approaching the Skinner intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 019.JPG : Westbound frontage road approaching the Skinner intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 020.JPG : The Skinner intersection, getting some demo work done on the westbound barrier wall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2015a 021.JPG : Another shot of the demo work on the old barrier wall.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 059.JPG : The northeast corner of 290 & Skinner, with its modern retail complex built on the land where Doug Russell Chevrolet once stood. In the center is D'Vine Wine bar.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 060.JPG : Facing west along the westbound frontage road before Skinner.  The freeway walls are currently under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 061.JPG : 290 & Skinner on the westbound side, during construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 062.JPG : 290 & Skinner on the westbound side, during construction. (zoomed in)

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 017.jpg : On the Hempstead Road segment that meets 290 near Skinner Rd., facing inbound
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 018.jpg : This is where Hempstead Road stops and feeds onto 290 just before Skinner.  This design was complete in 2002 and looks like it will not be changed by the construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 019.jpg : The eastbound 290 frontage lanes at Skinner Rd., facing inbound towards Barker-Cypress.





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SPRING-CYPRESS RD., FRY RD.

  
(Above photo: 290 and Spring-Cypress intersection, fully developed, in August 2013)

 Spring-Cypress is the next major intersection along 290.  This road has been around for over a century in some form, and it has a southern terminus at Hempstead Rd. at the center of the town of Cypress.  Around 1994/95, the main lane construction of the 290 freeway reached the heart of Cypress, and the right-of-way strayed once more from the Hempstead alignment as it curved around the historic Cypresstop town site.  The area remained fairly rural and sparsely populated until about 2002, when new communities like Black Horse Ranch began forming nearby on the south side of 290.   The untouched portion of Hempstead Rd. in the Cypresstop area was relabeled as Business 290, though the road never changed in any way.
   In addition to Spring-Cypress, another major road ended at the Cypresstop town site called Cypress-Rosehill Rd., which of course, terminated in Cypress and began in Rose Hill.  This road also had an intersection at 290 until 2005.  That year, Fry Road was extended north from FM 529, and it took over the old Cypress-Rosehill intersection at 290.  
  In 2003 and 2004, the intersection of 290 and Spring-Cypress began to develop commercially.  The small fishing pond on the eastbound frontage road near Spring-Cypress was drained, filled in, and turned into a Lowe's Hardware.  The southeast and northwest corners of 290 and Spring-Cypress began to develop rapidly in 2005.  Over the next six years, the entire area blossomed into a fully occupied shopping hub for Cypress residents.  All four corners of both Spring-Cypress and Fry were fully built up with stores and restaurants galore.

The following images are from Google Earth's time travel feature showing the progression of the two intersections.
 
(Above images: First is how the intersection of Fry and 290 looked like in 1995, and again in 2002 before the road ran through to 290.  Only Cypress-Rosehill existed in its place.  The final image shows the same area in 2014.
 

MARCH 2005
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 05.jpg : My only photo of the 290 & Fry intersection when it was still just Cypress-Rosehill Rd., with a tiny remnant of Heritage Bank at the corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 08.jpg : Facing east along the westbound frontage road near Spring Cypress.  This is where the Spring-Cypress exit ramp is, and also the future site of Taco Bell & McDonald's.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 13.jpg : This old utility truck and accompanying shack were sitting here on Spring-Cypress between 290 & Hempstead Rd. for years until the land was redeveloped.

JANUARY 2007
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 003.jpg : Facing eastbound from the main lane shoulder where 290 and Hempstead Rd. split.  This is where the IHOP and Shipley Donuts were later built.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 004.jpg : Same vantage point, facing to the right towards Hempstead Rd.  The Black Horse Ranch rice drier (torn down in 2009) is still standing in this photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 005.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Fry Rd., facing south along Fry. This is where Fry Road overtook Cypress Rosehill, and a portion of the old road can be seen in the center of the photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 006.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Fry Rd., facing to the right at what is now the shopping center with CVS Pharmacy, Masone's Bar, Papa John's, and KFC.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 007.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Spring-Cypress, facing south along Spring-Cypress. Spring-Cypress was still only two lanes wide, and you can see Cypresstop buildings in the distance.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 008.jpg : Same vantage point as previous photo, panning to the left at the Target shopping center.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 009.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Spring-Cypress, facing along the eastbound frontage road.  Notice the frontage road is only two narrow lanes and a grass shoulder, all of which disappeared later.

OCTOBER 2009
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 69.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Spring-Cypress, facing south along Spring Cypress from north of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 72.jpg : The Wells Fargo Bank at 290 & Spring-Cypress, formerly Wachovia Securities.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 75.jpg : Intersection of 290 and Fry Rd., facing south along Fry from north of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 77.jpg : Alicia's Mexican Restaurant, at the northwest corner of 290 & Fry Rd.  Their original location was a smaller space at the northeast corner of 290 & Spring-Cypress Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 79.jpg : Facing east along the westbound frontage lanes at Fry Rd., viewed from Alicia's restaurant.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 76.jpg : Dario's American Cuisine, a new restaurant opened by the same owners of Alicia's next door.

JULY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 82.jpg : The Chik-Fil-A at 290 & Spring-Cypress on the eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 84.jpg : Intersection of Spring-Cypress Rd. at Hempstead, just south of 290.  Cypress Station Grill is also in the photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 91.jpg : The railroad corridor running through Cypresstop at the end of Spring-Cypress Rd.

AUGUST 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 126.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 & Spring-Cypress intersection, facing north along Spring-Cypress.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 127.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 & Fry intersection, facing north along Fry.  House & Hahl Rd. is also visible in the photo.

APRIL 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 096.JPG : This is all that remains of the old two-lane Cypress-Rosehill Rd. south of 290.  Fry overtakes it just ahead.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2014a 097.JPG : Old style bridge barriers on the old portion of Cypress-Rosehill Rd. south of 290.

JUNE 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 010.JPG : Eastbound on 290 main lanes between Spring-Cypress and Skinner Rd.

OCTOBER 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 038.jpg : Alicia's Mexican Restaurant & Dario's American Cuisine, at the northwest corner of 290 & Fry Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2014a 040.jpg : Construction crews starting to demolish the embankments on the westbound side of 290 at Fry Rd.

MAY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 052.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Fry Rd., along the eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 053.JPG : Intersection of 290 & Fry Rd., along the eastbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 055.JPG : CVS Pharmacy, at the southwest corner of 290 & Fry Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 057.JPG : Masone's Bar & Grill and neighboring Papa John's Pizza at 290 & Fry Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 058.JPG : Another view of the 290 & Fry Rd. intersection from the southwest corner.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2015a 059.JPG : Another view of the 290 & Fry Rd. intersection from the southwest corner, facing along the frontage road.

SEPTEMBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2015a 010.JPG : The eastbound frontage road where Hempstead Road branches off to the right, and the frontage road veers left as it approaches Fry Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2015a 011.JPG : The eastbound frontage road approaching Fry Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2015a 012.JPG : The Fry Rd. intersection, still under construction but nearly completed.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 021.JPG : 290 eastbound main lanes approaching the Spring-Cypress curve.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 022.JPG : 290 eastbound main lanes over Spring-Cypress facing the Skinner Rd. overpass.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 001.jpg : The westbound frontage road between Skinner and Spring-Cypress, facing the Cypress Best Buy.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 002.jpg : The westbound frontage road between Skinner and Spring-Cypress, facing west.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 003.jpg : The westbound frontage road as seen from the Taco Bell near Spring-Cypress.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 004.jpg : The Cypress Taco Bell near Spring-Cypress.  At the time of this photo it was closed for renovations.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 005.jpg : The westbound frontage road between Skinner and Spring-Cypress.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 020.jpg : The westbound frontage road between Skinner and Spring-Cypress, passing Rancourt Automotive.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 034.JPG : 290 eastbound main lanes about to pass over Spring-Cypress Rd.






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MUESCHKE & MASON RD. (FAIRFIELD)

 
(Above photo: Facing west along 290 in the Fairfield area, with Mueschke and Mason Roads in the distance, October 2013.) 

Mueschke Rd. is the next exit along 290 after Spring-Cypress and Fry.  The road was named after the Mueschke family, who emigrated to the area from Germany in the 19th century and were likely local land owners.  The road itself was in existence at least as far back as the 1910's when it appeared on topography maps.  Originally, before 290 existed, and even before Hempstead Highway, there was only a two lane blacktop "main road" running through the area known as Washington Rd.  Along the westbound side where Mueschke intersects 290 today, there was originally a small fishing pond located off the side of Washington.  Around the pond was a small access drive that began Mueschke Rd.
   Around 1964, the two-lane Washington corridor was expanded into Hempstead Highway; two eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes with a wide median.  The original road was converted to all eastbound, and the new freeway lanes were both for westbound traffic.  The fishing pond was eliminated at this time, and Mueschke now intersected the highway directly.  There were also four to five houses built on the northeast corner that eventually disappeared by the late 1970's when the Friendswood Development Company purchased all the land that would eventually become Fairfield.  This was done in tandem with the development of Copperfield further south along Highway 6.  The intersection remained relatively unchanged until late 2001 when the 290 main lanes were extended west of Barker-Cypress. The divided four lane highway vanished, and the corridor became a fully functional freeway.
   One interesting fact is that the eastbound frontage road near Mueschke that we use today runs over the exact same path as the original two lane Washington Rd.  It was the southern boundary of the corridor before it touched railroad right-of-way, and remains so today.

Mason Rd. is next, and is considered to be the epicenter of the Fairfield Community.  The road itself is a product of the late 1980's, so it is young in comparison to most of the other major roads around it.  It is considered to be the epicenter of the Fairfield Community, and has always been heavily decorated with topiary and man-made topography.  While Mason Rd. currently ends at 290 as of 2015, the corridor that would connect it with the Mason Road further south in Katy has already been surveyed and marked.  Eventually the road will most likely be tied together as development progresses in outer Cypress.  Aside from that, there is not a whole lot more to tell about Mason Road as it relates to the 290 Freeway.
  

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 17 Pic 42.jpg : Facing east along the 290 frontage road between Mueschke Rd. and Fry Rd., where Hempstead Rd. (Business 290) spurs off to the right, June 2009.

FEBRUARY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 69.JPG : The Mason Rd. exit from eastbound 290 main lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 70.JPG : The row of trees on the westbound side of 290 & Mason that have been a familiar landmark for many decades.  
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 71.JPG : The 290 main lanes (inbound) approaching the exit for Mueschke Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 72.JPG : Facing along the eastbound frontage road from the Mueschke intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 73.JPG : At the eastbound frontage road signal with Mueschke, facing to the right at the undeveloped land on 290's south side.

JANUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 029.jpg : The trees on the westbound side of 290 & Mason (pardon the quality, was taken with a cell phone camera)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 030.jpg : The trees on the westbound side of 290 & Mason (pardon the quality, was taken with a cell phone camera)


SEPTEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 029.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 in the Mueschke area, passing Christian Bros. Automotive.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 030.jpg : Traveling westbound on 290 approaching the Mason Rd. exit.

OCTOBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 027.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 and Mueschke, facing west.  The street closest to the camera is Cypress Chase Blvd., and Mueschke is further ahead where the freeway elevates.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 028.jpg : Another aerial photo over the same part of 290, with House & Hahl Rd. in view at the bottom right corner.

JUNE 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 003.JPG : Facing along the westbound frontage road at Mueschke, in front of Gringo's Mexican Restaurant.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 004.JPG : Facing Gringo's from the same vantage point.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 005.JPG : Facing east along 290 from the same vantage point.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 006.JPG : The property directly to the east of Gringo's, before anything was built on it.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 007.JPG : Facing east along the 290 corridor, zoomed in.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 008.JPG : The 290 & Mueschke intersection on the westbound side, before 290 was expanded.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2014a 009.JPG : The 290 & Mueschke intersection on the eastbound side, facing south, before 290 was expanded.

APRIL 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2015a 004.JPG : 290 & Mueschke facing the intersection from the northwest corner
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2015a 005.JPG : 290 & Mueschke facing the intersection from the northwest corner
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2015a 006.JPG : 290 & Mueschke facing under the freeway towards the terminus of Mueschke.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2015a 007.JPG : 290 & Mueschke, showing the old freeway barrier wall which was constructed in 2002.

SEPTEMBER 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2015a 001.jpg : 290 & Mason on the westbound side, under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2015a 007.JPG : A random shot at 290 & Mueschke, facing south where  Mueschke currently ended.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2015a 009.JPG : The eastbound frontage road between Mueschke and Fry.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 014.JPG : 290 westbound main lanes between Fry Rd. & Mueschke.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 015.JPG : The westbound exit ramp for Mueschke Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 017.JPG : The westbound main lanes between Mueschke & Mason Rd., passing Fairfield Baptist Church.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 018.JPG : The westbound main lanes at the exit for Fairfield Place Dr., the last exit before Grand Parkway.  On the right is a fairly new string of restaurants & shops.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 068.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road between Mason Rd. & Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 069.JPG : 290 westbound frontage road approaching Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 070.JPG : Some of the restaurants and businesses open (and under construction) on the east side of the Premium Outlet Mall.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 071.JPG : More businesses along the westbound frontage road, facing back east.  The concrete cubes are basically drainage conduit which will be buried soon enough to form the new 290 sewer system.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 072.JPG : 290 & Mason Rd. intersection undergoing some construction work on a Saturday morning.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 086.JPG : The eastbound main lanes after the Mason Rd. overpass, heading towards the Mueschke Rd. exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 087.JPG : 290 eastbound frontage road at Mueschke.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 088.JPG : 290 eastbound frontage road at Mueschke.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 089.JPG : Facing north along Mueschke Rd. from the 290 intersection.

AUGUST 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 007.jpg : The westbound frontage road between Fry and Mueschke.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 008.jpg : The westbound frontage road between Fry and Mueschke.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 009.jpg : The westbound frontage road, approaching the Mueschke intersection.

https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 010.jpg : Heading back inbound along a pitiful one-lane frontage road from Mueschke to Fry.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 011.jpg : More of the single lane frontage road between Mueschke and Fry.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 012.jpg : More of the single lane frontage road, which then opened up into two lanes, and then three.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 014.jpg : The eastbound frontage road before Fry where a new entrance ramp opened up right beside the turn off for Hempstead Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 015.jpg : The eastbound frontage road continuing to Fry Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2016a 016.jpg : The 290 & Fry intersection, eastbound side.

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 032.JPG : Eastbound main lanes between Mueschke and Fry Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 031.JPG : Eastbound main lanes between Mason & Mueschke Rd.





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GRAND PARKWAY SH-99

 
(Above photo: The Grand Parkway and 290 interchange, facing inbound.  The F1 segment to 249 had not yet been built. August 2013 )

   The Grand Parkway boundary is what I consider to be the end of Fairfield, and the beginning of the town of Hockley.  Of course the Grand Parkway did not exist in this area until 2013, but it is now a good yardstick to use, and it just so happened that the Houston Premium Outlet Mall was built right beside the interchange.  In the days before the parkway came to be, it just seemed like the Premium Outlets were way out in the middle of nowhere, the far reaches of Harris County.  
   The land on which the Premium Outlets sits was once the Nine Bar Ranch, a well known cattle ranch in the Cypress Ranch community.  They raised and auctioned cattle, and it was also a favorite stop for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo trail riders coming into the city each year. According to a good friend who once lived in a house on the ranch land, the main ranch facility was leased by the Connor family, who called it the Sambhar Ranch, after the brand of cattle they raised.  The land was sold off to the Friendswood Development Company in the late 1990's, and by 2001 was already being developed for residential and commercial use.  The ranch home was still there until about 2007 when the Premium Outlets were constructed.  
   One interesting fact about the location of the Outlet Mall is the front driveway entrance off the freeway.  It is the exact same location of the original entrance to the Nine Bar Ranch, so the traditional entrance to the old ranch was in some strange way, preserved.

The following images are from Google Earth's time travel feature, showing the Nine Bar Ranch then & now.
 

   

JANUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 028.jpg : The entrance to the Houston Premium Outlets up close
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 032.jpg : Eastbound on 290 near the Premium Outlets at the first signs of construction for the Grand Parkway interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 033.jpg : More construction work on the parkway interchange viewed from eastbound lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 034.jpg : The eastbound on ramp to 290 from Bauer Rd., facing east along 290 near parkway construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 040.jpg : More construction work from the eastbound lanes of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 042.jpg : Construction of SH-99 off ramps to 290, facing eastbound.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 077.jpg : Construction work at Fairfield Place Dr., a small road that sits beside the Premium Outlets near the parkway construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 078.jpg : Construction work at Fairfield Place Dr., facing south towards 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 079.jpg : Construction work at Fairfield Place Dr., facing west along the westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 080.jpg : Facing east along the westbound frontage road from Fairfield Place Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 082.jpg : The property on the northeast corner of 290 and Fairfield Falls Way, to the east of the Premium Outlets.  Nobody had developed the land in this photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 083.jpg : Fairfield Falls Way at the 290 westbound frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 084.jpg : Another shot of the undeveloped land at Fairfield Falls Way and 290.

MORE PHOTOS OF HOUSTON PREMIUM OUTLETS, JANUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 085.jpg : The east entrance drive to the Premium Outlets from Fairfield Falls Way.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 087.jpg : The 290 frontage road viewed from the parking lot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 088.jpg : The 290 frontage road and the Houston Premium Outlets sign.

APRIL 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 028.jpg : The eastbound frontage road of 290 between Bauer Rd. & Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 029.jpg : The eastbound on-ramp to 290 from Bauer Rd., near the Grand Parkway interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 030.jpg : The eastbound on-ramp to 290 from Bauer Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 031.jpg : Eastbound on 290 approaching the Premium Outlets, Grand Parkway construction on the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 032.jpg : Eastbound on 290 just inside the Grand Parkway boundary, Premium Outlets on the right.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 033.jpg : Eastbound on 290 between the Houston Premium Outlets and Grand Parkway, Mason Rd. is in the distance.

AUGUST 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 193.jpg : Eastbound on 290, just outside the Grand Parkway interchange site.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 194.jpg : Eastbound on 290, just outside the Grand Parkway interchange site.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 195.jpg : Eastbound on 290, just inside the Grand Parkway interchange site.  The supports to the right are for the flyover from Grand Parkway to 290 East.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 196.jpg : Eastbound on 290, just inside the Grand Parkway interchange site.

JANUARY 2013
(The following six photos were taken in sequence, traveling on 290 through the Grand Parkway interchange while under construction)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 006.jpg : Eastbound (Premium Outlets barely visible on left side of photo)

JUNE 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 056.jpg : 290 Westbound main lanes at the exit for Fairfield Place Dr., Grand Parkway interchange still not built over 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 057.jpg : 290 Westbound main lanes passing through the future Grand Parkway interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 058.jpg : 290 Westbound main lanes passing through the future Grand Parkway interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 059.jpg : 290 Westbound at the Grand Parkway interchange, facing south at the new flyover ramps being constructed south of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 060.jpg : 290 Westbound main lanes passing through the future Grand Parkway interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 061.jpg : 290 Westbound main lanes just outside the Grand Parkway boundary.

AUGUST 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 120.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 & Grand Parkway interchange, facing east on 290 before segment F1 was started north of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 121.jpg : Close up shot of the construction site at the interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 123.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 & The Grand Parkway interchange, facing west.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2013a 124.jpg : Aerial photo of 290 & The Grand Parkway interchange under construction, facing north along the Grand Parkway corridor before F1 segment was started.

SEPTEMBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 036.jpg : Eastbound 290 frontage lanes at Grand Parkway interchange during installation of flyover ramp crossbeams.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 037.jpg : A similar photo taken in sequence from the above photo.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 038.jpg : Facing the construction site at the 290 and Grand Parkway interchange.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 039.jpg : Construction of the exit ramp from 290 West to Grand Parkway South.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 040.jpg : Construction of the exit ramp from 290 West to Grand Parkway South.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 041.jpg : Construction of the exit ramp from Grand Parkway North to 290 East, viewed from the eastbound 290 frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sept 2013a 042.jpg : Traffic on the eastbound 290 frontage road near the Grand Parkway interchange.

OCTOBER 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 054.jpg : Aerial photo of the recently built HEB Grocery store on 290 near Mason Rd.  The rest of the land around it is still mostly undeveloped in this shot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 055.jpg : Aerial photo of Houston Premium Outlets
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 056.jpg : Aerial photo of Houston Premium Outlets and Fairfield Falls Way
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 057.jpg : Aerial photo of apartments being constructed at the corner of Fairfield Place Dr. and Cypresswood.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 058.jpg : Aerial photo of 290, facing inbound from above Houston Premium Outlets.

DECEMBER 2013 (The Grand Parkway E-segment finally opened to traffic in December 2013, with free tolls until February 1, 2014)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 024.JPG : 290 Westbound main lanes at the exit for Fairfield Place Dr.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 025.JPG : Traffic coming in and out of the Houston Premium Outlets on a busy weekend
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Dec 2013a 026.JPG : 290 Westbound taking the exit ramp for Grand Parkway South, right after the Grand Parkway opened.

JANUARY 2014
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 024.JPG : The 290 & Grand Parkway interchange, viewed from northbound Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 025.JPG : Approaching the 290 & Grand Parkway interchange from northbound Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 026.JPG : Taking the flyover exit ramps from northbound Grand Parkway to 290 East.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 027.JPG : Taking the flyover exit ramps from northbound Grand Parkway to 290 East, facing along eastbound 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 028.JPG : Merging onto 290 East from the Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 148.JPG : A view of the partially empty land east of the Premium Outlets, facing across Fairfield Falls Way.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2014a 149.JPG : Facing east along the westbound 290 frontage road from Fairfield Falls Way.

JANUARY 2015
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 068.JPG : Aerial photo: The US 290 and Grand Parkway interchange.  In this photo, the F1 segment is well under construction north of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 069.JPG : Aerial photo: US 290 and Grand Parkway interchange, facing inbound along the 290 corridor.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2015a 070.JPG : Aerial photo: US 290 and Grand Parkway interchange, facing inbound along the 290 corridor.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 019.JPG : 290 westbound main lanes approaching the Grand Parkway interchange.  The new F1 & F2 segment is almost ready to be opened to traffic. (Actual opening date was Feb. 6)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 082.JPG : The freeway on-ramp from the eastbound frontage road coming from Bauer Rd.






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BAUER RD.

 
(Above photo: Construction work on the Grand Parkway interchange, just east of Bauer along 290, September 2012.)

I first began photographing the intersections further out on 290 when I learned that they would soon be constructing the Grand Parkway and 290 interchange.  This was in late 2011, and although I knew it was coming, and something I should document, I didn't know exactly where it would be.  By January of 2012, it was now very clear that the parkway would meet 290 just east of Bauer Rd.  Bauer at the time was just another two-lane country road running through the Hockley area and ending at 290.  Later it would become known as the first exit outside the parkway.  Now that I knew where it was, I had a landmark to guide me in my decisions about photo taking.  I had to ask myself, what would people like to see of this area in 30 years time? I just began taking lots of photos and hoping they would pay off in the future. 
   Bauer Rd. was also realigned at the 290 intersection back in 2002 when the freeway main lanes were constructed through the area.  On Google Maps, you can see the old end of Bauer Rd. slightly to the west of the original intersection.  If you have read my page on abandoned roads, this is how they usually start.  An old section of the road is left intact after a realignment, and is either rebranded as "Old Whatever Road", or closed off to traffic.  As of 2014, it remains open to traffic, and is still maintained by road crews, but serves no real purpose.

JANUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 036.jpg : The eastbound frontage lanes of 290 at Bauer, facing inbound before any real construction on the interchange began.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 037.jpg : The intersection of 290 and Bauer Rd. on the eastbound side, further back.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 038.jpg : The eastbound frontage lanes of 290 between Becker Rd. and Bauer Rd., facing inbound.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 059.jpg : The intersection of 290 and Bauer Rd. on the westbound side, facing east from the old Bauer alignment.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 060.jpg : This is the old Bauer Rd. alignment that was bypassed by the current route in 2002.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 061.jpg : This is the split where the new Bauer alignment (left) veers away from the original one approaching the 290 intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 062.jpg : Facing north along Bauer Rd. at the point where the road splits.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 063.jpg : A Christmas tree farm on the northwest corner of 290 and Bauer, looking quite empty a few weeks after Christmas.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 065.jpg : Facing north on the newer Bauer alignment just north of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 070.jpg : These concrete slabs are giant decorative tiles for the barrier wall of the elevated main lanes of the Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 072.jpg : Facing south along Bauer Rd. towards the 290 intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 073.jpg : The intersection of 290 and Bauer Rd., facing west along the frontage road.

APRIL 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 028.jpg : Eastbound frontage road of 290, just after Bauer Rd. (black & white)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 029.jpg : Approaching the on ramp for 290 just after Bauer Rd. (black & white)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 030.jpg : Some of the first signs of Grand Parkway construction along 290 near Bauer. (black & white)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Apr 2012a 031.jpg : Some of the first signs of Grand Parkway construction along 290 near Bauer. (black & white)

AUGUST 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 002.jpg : The Grand Parkway interchange under construction east of Bauer Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 003.jpg : The Grand Parkway interchange under construction east of Bauer Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 004.jpg : The on-ramp for 290 after Bauer Rd. under construction.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 005.jpg : The gap between sets of support pylons is where the center of the interchange would be.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 006.jpg : The downhill ramp for Grand Parkway traffic entering 290 East.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 007.jpg : The downhill ramp for Grand Parkway traffic entering 290 East.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 008.jpg : The end of the construction site for the interchange, somewhere between the Premium Outlets and Mason Rd.

SEPTEMBER 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 014.jpg : The intersection of 290 & Bauer Rd., on the eastbound side, facing back west.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 015.jpg : Construction work on the interchange between Bauer Rd. & the Premium Outlets.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 020.jpg : Filter-modified image of construction work on support pylons.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 021.jpg : Filter-modified image of construction work on support pylons.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Sep 2012a 022.jpg : Black & white photo of the construction work on the interchange from the eastbound 290 frontage road.

JANUARY 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 048.jpg : The on ramp for 290 just after Bauer Rd.  Overhead ramp support beams are now in place.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 049.jpg : Another shot of the on ramp with the support beams in place.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 050.jpg : Facing south of 290 at the progress on the interchange flyover ramps coming up to meet the 290 freeway.

MARCH 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 023.jpg : The Grand Parkway interchange from the westbound frontage road, facing the center of the interchange. This is just east of Bauer Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 024.jpg : Facing east along the westbound frontage road, before any work began on the F1 segment of Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 025.jpg : Facing north towards the empty land that will soon become the F1 segment of Grand Parkway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 026.jpg : Facing north along the future F1 segment of Grand Parkway from the westbound frontage road of 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2013a 028.jpg : Facing west along the frontage road towards Bauer Rd., construction work in progress on the Grand Parkway.

JANUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 009.jpg : Facing west along the westbound frontage road from Bauer Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 010.jpg : Facing east along the westbound frontage road from Bauer Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 011.jpg : Facing south under the freeway along Bauer, which ends at 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 013.jpg : Facing north along Bauer from the frontage road intersection.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2016a 020.JPG : Driving on the westbound frontage road between Bauer and Becker Rd.


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BECKER RD., KATY-HOCKLEY RD.

 
(Above photo: Facing south on Katy-Hockley Rd. from 290, January 2012.)

Traveling further out along 290 in the Hockley area, we come to the final intersections of the tour...Becker Rd., and Katy-Hockley Rd.  My coverage ends beyond there.  Both intersections had main lanes completed around 2003, but I can vaguely remember when this part of 290 was still just frontage roads.  If only I had possessed the foresight to take photos way back then.  Nevertheless, I did manage to get plenty of good shots of the area before any real development took place along the freeway.  Katy-Hockley, which becomes Roberts Rd. north of 290, was just a two lane country road, and Becker as well.  Becker was widened starting in 2013.

FEBRUARY 2011
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 58.JPG : Foster's, a place that sells farm equipment, on the Northwest corner of 290 and Roberts Rd. (Katy-Hockley is known as Roberts Rd. north of 290).
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 59.JPG : The view along 290 after passing Katy-Hockley Rd. heading west...no development on the land yet.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 60.JPG : This view is heading back east along 290 frontage road after making a U-turn after Katy-Hockley Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 61.JPG : Eastbound on 290 main lanes passing over Katy-Hockley Rd., facing southeast.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 62.JPG : Eastbound on 290 passing over Katy-Hockley approaching the Becker exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 63.JPG : The southeast corner of 290 & Katy-Hockley Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 64.JPG : Eastbound on 290 at the Becker Rd. exit.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 65.JPG : Eastbound on 290 about to pass over Becker Rd. (notice Community of Faith church all alone in the distance)
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 66.JPG : Eastbound on 290 near Becker Rd., approaching the Bauer exit. 
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 22 Pic 67.JPG : Eastbound on 290 approaching the Bauer intersection, zero signs of the Grand Parkway at this time.

JANUARY 2012
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 043.jpg : The northeast corner of 290 & Roberts Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 044.jpg : The northeast corner of 290 & Roberts Rd., facing the frontage lanes.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 045.jpg : The northwest corner of 290 & Roberts Rd., Foster's Equipment Sales.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 046.jpg : The northwest corner of 290 & Roberts Rd., facing west along frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 047.jpg : Facing south under 290 from Roberts Rd. Across the freeway is Katy-Hockley Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 048.jpg : Facing south under 290 from Roberts Rd., further back.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 049.jpg : Looking up at hundreds of bird nests built under the freeway overpass at 290 & Becker Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 050.jpg : The intersection of 290 & Becker Rd. on the eastbound side.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 051.jpg : The southeast corner of 290 & Becker Rd.  The signs for Community of Faith church and Stone Creek Ranch are visible.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 052.jpg : Facing south along Katy-Hockley Rd. from 290, just a two-lane country road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 053.jpg : Shell station on the northeast corner of 290 & Becker Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 054.jpg : Intersection of 290 & Becker Rd., facing west along frontage road.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 055.jpg : Intersection of 290 & Becker Rd., facing south under the 290 freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2012a 056.jpg : Intersection of 290 & Becker Rd., facing the freeway overpass.

AUGUST 2012

JANUARY 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 047.jpg : Northbound on Becker Rd., south of 290 approaching the freeway.  The first signs of Becker being widened from two to four lanes.

JUNE 2013
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 062.jpg : Westbound 290 frontage road approaching Katy-Hockley/Roberts Rd.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2013a 063.jpg : The intersection of 290 & Katy-Hockley Rd., facing south. (Compare with Jan 2012a 052 photo above)

OCTOBER 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 027.JPG : Facing north along Becker Rd. towards 290.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 029.JPG : Facing north along Becker Rd. almost at the 290 intersection, beside the Community of Faith Church.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2016a 030.JPG : The intersection of Becker Rd. & 290, facing north.

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WALLER AND BEYOND

So far I don't have a lot of photos covering anything beyond Hockley, but as with all freeways, time will make this area more relevant to construction and progress, and I figured I might as well go ahead and start covering the stretch beyond Hockley.

FEBRUARY 2016
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 013.jpg : Aerial shot of 290, facing inbound from the Waller area. In this view, Waller is the patch of trees in the center, and FM 362 as well as Fields Store Rd. are visible in the shot.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 014.jpg : Aerial shot over Waller High School, facing south along Fields Store Rd.  On the left is Stokes Rd., closer to the stadium.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 015.jpg : Aerial shot over Waller area, between Kickapoo & Kermier Rds.  Also visible in the photo is FM 2920, and a gigantic new warehouse complex right off the 290 freeway.
https://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2016a 016.jpg : Aerial shot running parallel to FM 2920, near Bauer Rd.  In the upper center of the photo is the Showboat Drive-In theater.


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