) is a freeway
that forms a forty-two-mile loop around the downtown sector of city of Houston, Texas
. Interstate 610, colloquially known as "The Loop"
, "Loop 610"
, "The 610 Loop"
, or just "610"
, traditionally marks the border between the inner city of Houston ("inside the Loop") and its surrounding areas. It is the inner of the two Houston beltways
, the other being Beltway 8
(Sam Houston Tollway). Interstate 610 also runs through the city of Bellaire
Major segments of Interstate 610 are known as the North Loop, the South Loop, the East Loop, and the West Loop. The North Loop
runs from U.S. Highway 290
to U.S. Highway 90
. The East Loop
runs from Highway 90 to State Highway 225. The West Loop
runs from Highway 290 to the South Post Oak Road spur, and the South Loop
runs from South Post Oak Road to Highway 225. Sometimes, a direction is added as a suffix to denote a more specific part of a portion of the loop. Houston Chronicle,
November 20, 2005. For example:
- North Loop West Freeway Google Maps, accessed September 7, 2006. Google Maps, accessed September 7, 2006. refers to the portion between Interstate 45 and Highway 90.
- East Loop North Freeway Google Maps, accessed September 7,......