Houston Transtar cameras captured the movement on northbound West Loop, as Bellaire police tweeted the good news. After more than 12 hours, two main lanes finally opened.
Early Tuesday morning, A truck driver hauling hazardous chemicals crashed before the morning rush hour. While investigators wouldn't comment on a cause, they did report what the driver told them.
"He misjudged how tight the turn was and hit the barrels and the railing," said HFD District Chief Robert Schlieter.
As equipment problems slowed the cleanup process, traffic jams started building.
Bellaire and Houston police used Twitter to warn drivers to avoid the area.
But that's easier said than done. There are several neighborhoods in the area, as well as schools still holding classes.
"It's been horrible. It's been bumper to bumper all day."
Peter Georgalos watched from John's Express Lube off Bissonnett. The parking lot became an impromptu drop off spot for young baseball players who decided it was faster to walk than ride.
And as temperatures hovered in the low nineties, at least one driver popped her door open while inching along in traffic.
"A lot of beeping," Georgalos said. " A lot of screaming. Everyone is frustrated."