A report earlier this year indicated that Houston has some of the worst traffic in the Lone Star State, but a major transportation project could take the pressure off of local roadways much sooner than expected.The Texas Department of Transportation recently announced that the U.S. 290 updates taking place in and around Houston could be completed up to 20 years ahead of schedule.”This is a huge win for Texas drivers,” said TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson. “Not only will sections of this road be ready 20 years ahead of schedule, they could save drivers 20 minutes in commute time during peak hours on US 290 from IH 610 to SH 99.”Improved motorways is also a promising sign for local businesses, as it could allow them to transport goods and materials more efficiently. Houston's economy escaped relatively unscathed following the recent recession, and it continues to attract households looking to improve their lives from across the country.??Not only has this trend bolstered the local economy, but Houston real estate has also benefitted. In fact, during the month of August, Houston home prices appreciated 4 percent on an annual basis, pushing average home prices well above the national average.? Real Estate News brought to you by 2M Realty, a true expert in the online real estate market.