The Toll Road Division is designed to facilitate the flow of traffic on the toll roads as well as provide security for the patrons who utilize them. Deputies enforce all traffic laws as well as investigate accidents. They are also available for motorist assistance when needed.
Current Traffic Conditions
Katy Managed Lanes
The Katy Managed Lanes extend 12 miles from SH 6 to IH 610. These managed lanes are the four lanes in the middle of IH 10 (two in each direction) that replace the single, reversible HOV lane. Precinct 5 is responsible for patrolling and the enforcement of vehicle occupancy during HOV hours.
"Managed lanes" refers to a mixed-use facility dedicated to mass transit, high occupancy vehicles (HOV), and also allows for tolling. In this case, METRO vehicles are granted free usage 24-hours a day, and HOVs are granted free usage in both directions of travel during peak times-Monday through Friday, 5am - 11am and 2pm - 8pm. Single occupancy vehicles (SOV) are allowed to use the lanes 24 hours a day for a toll, which will be charged electronically via an EZ TAG. During HOV hours, drivers will need to choose their designated lane based on the occupancy of their vehicle. Rates are posted on message boards at all entrances. The lanes serve as an all-electronic tollway for all vehicles (except mass transit) during all other times. In order to maintain an optimum level of service on the facility at all times, toll rates for the managed lanes are based on time of day, vehicle occupancy and axle count.
West Sam Houston Tollway
Precinct 5 is also responsible for patrolling the segment called West Sam Houston Tollway which starts at US 290 and runs south to US 59. The Sam Houston Parkway, a State Highway Beltway 8 (BW8), along with the Sam Houston Tollway, is a beltway around the city of Houston, Texas, United States, lying entirely within Harris County. The Sam Houston Parkway / Beltway 8 runs mostly along the frontage roads, only using the main lanes where they are free (mostly on the north side of Houston). The main lanes elsewhere are the Sam Houston Tollway, a toll road owned and operated by the Harris County Toll Road Authority.
Opened in 2004, the Westpark Tollway spans approximately 19 miles through Harris and Fort Bend Counties. The Westpark Tollway was the nation's first all-electronic roadway providing a barrier-free drive between Houston's Galleria district and Katy, TX. Drivers wishing to use the Westpark Tollway must have an EZ TAG.
Precinct 5 patrols the Harris County's segment of the Westpark Tollway (13 miles) begins at I-610 on the east and extends to the county line near FM 1464. The Westpark offers an alternative east-west corridor for West Houston residents with access to US 59 and the Galleria, the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) and SH 6.
What number should I call if I see someone broken down on the Katy Managed Lanes, West Sam Houston Tollway or Westpark Toll Road?
If you are sure it is not an emergency you may call the Toll Road non-emergency number 281-584-7500 or for roadside assistance 713-222-PEAT (7328). In case of an emergency call 911 or our dispatch office 281-463-6666.