TRAFFIC WATCH

The best and worst times to travel Houston freeways this holiday week

Expect traffic to be up to 73 percent busier this week in certain areas. Photo courtesy of ABC13

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

This Thanksgiving week, expect to see some major delays around our freeways. According to AAA, more than four million Texans are expected to travel for the holiday. That's almost five percent busier than last year.

The agency has also predicted where you will see the slowest traffic, and when:

Some of the heaviest traffic is predicted Monday, November 19, on Beltway 8 East, from 249 to US-59, around 3 pm. Traffic is expected to be nearly three times busier than usual.

Also on Monday, on the Southwest Freeway, try to avoid a big spike in traffic around 5 pm, with a 23 percent increase in traffic.

On Tuesday, November 20 you can expect a whopping 73 percent increase in traffic around 2 pm on I-45 — the Gulf Freeway.

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HARRIS COUNTY-HOUSTON SPORTS AUTHORITY INSIDER

United States Bowling Congress Open coming to Houston in 2022

Bowling will roll into Houston in 2022. Getty Images

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One of the world's largest participation sports events in the world is headed to Houston.

Approximately 50,000 bowlers will converge on the Bayou City for the 2022 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The 119th edition of the event will be played at a new mixed-use, state-of-the-art sports facitily that is being developed in North Houston.

Bowling is just the latest in a line of sports that have chosen Houston as a destination for a big event. The five-month run of events is expected to drive an economic impact between $75 million and $100 million.

"What an amazing opportunity for Houston and Harris County,'' said Chris Massey, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority Director of Events. "When you combine ingredients like a world-class sports town, an amazing new venue, and a top-notch event such as the USBC Open Championships, you really can't help but get excited.''

The city will also host the 2020 Men's Basketball Regional, the 2020 U.S. Women's Open, the 2021 World Transplant Games, 2023 Men's Final Four, 2024 College Football Playoff. In addition, the city was named to host one of eight XFL teams and is positioned to possibly become one of the 10 U.S. cities that will host 2026 World Cup games.

The 2020 Open Championships marks the first time bowlers will bring their marquee event to Houston. Since its inception in 1901, the event has been held all across the United States and 2020 will be the tournament's fifth trip to Texas, joining Fort Worth (1957), Corpus Christi (1992, 2006) and El Paso (2015) as hosts.

"We're excited to bring the Open Championships to a new host city in Houston, which has proven itself to be among the nation's elite and top-tier sports destinations," USBC President Karl Kielich said. "The opportunity to be the first major event in a new sports complex demonstrates the success and strength of the USBC Open Championships."

Participants will compete in three average-based divisions and the event will include enough lanes for the Open Championships, the Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC and team practice sessions.

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