Most of the toll roads in Houston are now EZ-Tag only. I'm not sure if all of them will use the picture-send-a-bill method. But they will certainly send you a violation. And honestly, the traffic is just as bad at the main throughways on the toll roads (junctions at I-10, I-45, etc.) as anywhere depending on the time you come through.
Your best bet, as LaraL07 mentioned, is straight through. I-610 to the north could be a possibility, but it is not much north of I-10, and again, depending on the time, is even worse for traffic, especially on the west side where it meets up with I-10 again.
I would try very hard to make it a timing thing. Either mid-morning, say around 9:30am to about 11:00 am, or early afternoon, say around 1:00pm to about 3:00pm. On any day of the week those are the best times to go through. If you come through early on a Sunday morning or late in the evening (after about 7:30 or so pm) you would be fine also. But trying to go around will net you nothing. Believe me, I have tried it as both a non-resident, and a resident. I have lived here (in the area...I work downtown) for almost 10 years now, and have watched it grow and expand. Just suck it up and drive straight through. If you do get caught in some traffic, just turn the radio up a bit and enjoy the ride. There won't be a thing you can do about it.
Ed and Sharon
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