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Old 09-01-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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Houston area I10 or 105

Heading west to Conroe Tx. on Friday and was wondering how is hwy 105 between Beaumont and Conroe. If I take hwy 105 is about 30 miles shorter that taking I10 and I45, just not sure about road, traffic and red lights. I will be pulling my 25’ trailer and don’t mine a little slower traveled roads.
Hwy 90 is also an option.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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OK 59 views, thanks for looking

I guess Hwy 105 is seldom ever traveled
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:07 PM   #3
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Maybe if folks also knew the start point it might help.
Many don't like driving Houston.
I've found staying on I-10 to get from one side to the other between rush hours is okay. Other than that, I'm not much help for your questions.
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:33 PM   #4
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Stay away from 45 Northbound, it doesn't have rush hour, it's rush all the time.

Take 105 out of Beaumont to Conroe.
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Old 09-04-2015, 01:11 PM   #5
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take 105 (sorta)

I live in Conroe and travel to LA at least once a month for the past dozen years including the night before Katrina hit.

My route from the TX/LA border is:
I-10 to Beaumont
Hwy 96 north to Hwy 105
Hwy 105 to Conroe

Hwy 105 is a good road albeit 2 lane for most of the way with a number of very small towns and a few stops. I've rarely seen any backup anywhere along the route at any time of the day or night. There is a relatively new bypass around Cleveland which saves a lot of time and aggravation but its not on most GPS's (but it is on Mapquest) and its easy to miss. As you get a few miles south of Cleveland, there is a "T" where Hwy 105 and Hwy 321 combine for a bit. Shortly (a couple of miles maybe) after that you turn left onto the Hwy 105 bypass rather than continuing through Cleveland. Go across Hwy 59 and turn left at the "T" and its a straight shot to downtown Conroe.
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other thoughts

If you're thinking about the newly opened part of Beltway 8, thats okay but its all "EZ Pass" on the northeast side (no cash booths). Additionally, it takes you to I45 right by the Intercontinental Airport and the traffic north from there is still extremely problematic at rush times.

Personally, I consider the 105 route to be far less stressful than any other alternative.
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Friday! Stay away from I10 and I45 at all costs unless you like freeways that are stalled from 3:15 PM to 7:00 pm!!!
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Long-term Houston resident here (decades). A few opinions:

1. Most important - no matter what else you do, stay out of rush hour. Houston's freeways used to be among the nation's best, but in the past decade we have added approximately 800,000 new residents and next to no new transportation capacity. Rush hour is no longer a moderate inconvenience around here - it's a full-on nightmare.

2. Stay off North Freeway (IH-45 N) if you are either towing or driving an Airstream Interstate. It's just too hard even when conditions are at their best. If you have to head NB from IH-10 WB, then divert to IH-610 WB on the north side and then take Hardy Toll Road, noting that the 610 to 10 to Hardy transition is in itself a lane-changing challenge, but overall it's a lesser of evils.

3. When traversing East Texas, a lot depends on your objectives. Hwy 190 east of Livingston is one of the prettiest drives on this side of the state, plus it is both lightly traveled and well-improved, so if "fast and pretty" are your objectives, it's a contender. However it would deposit you north of Conroe, causing you to have to go down US 59/IH-69 which is under construction in that area, before you could continue WB on 105 (your other option in that scenario would be SH 146 which you should avoid like the plague - it's unimproved, too narrow, heavily traveled, and treacherous in my opinion).

4. I have taken Hwy 90 from Beaumont to Dayton numerous times and I personally don't like it. It's congested and it's nothing to look at, so it's zero for two. Plus it then deposits you in an awkward area if you want to head northwest. I don't know what 321 is like, condition-wise. That might be a possibility.

If other posters are saying that 105 on the east side is good, then that's probably your best choice. I am not familiar with that road, but after reading this thread, maybe I will check it out the next time I'm traveling that way.

Good luck to you.
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Hwy 105 was a great road to travel pulling a camper between Beaumont and Conroe. Little traffic, a little back country, good road and shoulder, good fuel options, a nice break from I10. Hit a little fog early Sunday but it was spotty.
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I live in Montgomery, just west of Conroe. I always use 105 to and from Beaumont when towing. Much less stressful than any freeway that takes you through Houston regardless of the time of day. Wish I could find a route similar to 105 all the way to Mississippi when I need to visit Foley's in Gulfport!


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