Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta detailed the upcoming improvements to State Highway 288 at the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership held its 16th Annual State of the Counties Address in April.
An estimated $800 million in construction is expected to be complete in 2018. Sebesta described the 288 project as one that has had to evolve over the years.
“We have had to have help from Austin in getting the right tools, the right pieces of legislation to make it happen,” he said, “but back in February, the Texas Transportation Commission finally announced that they’re going to work with the Blueridge Transportation Group to hopefully be the end of the year get a contract in place to complete that project by 2018.”
Blueridge Transportation Group is a consortium comprised of global and local firms that support the SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Harris County. The entire project will encompass four toll lanes within the median of 288 and eight direct connectors at Beltway 8.
The Brazoria County section of the corridor is about 5 miles from the Harris County line southward, he said, and four locations will allow access onto the toll road.
“Our project is much simpler than the Harris County section,” he said. “I look for our construction to start well after the Harris County section starts just because ours is much simpler.”
Sebesta added that local officials need to continue to push for full development of Highway 35.
“In parts of Brazoria County, it’s just two lanes,” he said. “From Alvin to Pearland and on into the City of Houston, there needs to be further development of that corridor because it’s very congested.”
Also at the April BayTran event, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid presented the 2015 Charles A. Jacobson Award to Alan C. Clark, director of Transportation & Planning for the Houston-Galveston Area Council.