Report: Houston has the highest number of deadly highways in Texas
Posted: 2:27 pm Saturday, August 5th, 2017
By Jake Stewart
A recent study showed that Houston has 17 of the 78 most deadly stretches of highway in Texas. The study, conducted by research firm 1point21interactive, analyzed data from fatal crashes across the state from 2013 to 2015. The study found that just over 100 miles of Houston freeways were the site of 316 fatal crashes and 345 total fatalities.
The study also found that the deadliest freeway in Houston was Texas Highway 288. The 5.42-mile-long stretch of freeway was the site of 28 fatal crashes and 32 fatalities over the three years. The data shows that this stretch of road was the site of 5.91 fatalities per mile, making it the fifth-deadliest highway in the state.
The stretch of highway with the highest death rate was in Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley. The death rate for a 1.49-mile stretch of Interstate 69 was an incredible 8.05 deaths per mile, with seven fatal crashes and 12 fatalities.