The eventual reconstruction of State Highway 288 took a step forward during Election week when Brazoria County Commissioners approved an agreement with the state for construction of the 288 Tollway Project.
The Nov. 8 agreement with TxDOT encompasses the section of the proposed toll road from CR 58 to where it would connect with the Harris County portion.
A total of four toll lanes are planned for the corridor. They would be separated from main lanes by concrete barriers and would be located where the median is now.
The Harris County section of the 288 project, valued at $815 million, includes construction of a new Beltway 8 interchange with eight direct connectors, reconstruction of all eight connectors at I-610 with moire access to toll lanes and two new-tolled direct connectors to the Texas Medical Center. The projected completion date for these improvements is the second quarter of 2019.
Meanwhile, the Brazoria County Toll Road Authority is simultaneously working to develop the SH 288 toll lane from Clear Creek to County Road 58, with a target of opening to traffic at or about the same time as the Harris County section.
TxDOT Executive Director James Bass will be the keynote speaker at the Greater 288 Partnership Quarterly Luncheon set Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Pearland. The organization will be celebrating the beginning of construction for the long awaited toll road project, and honoring key people for their dedication in bringing it to fruition. Networking for that event begins at 11 a.m., and reservations can be made at www.greater288.org.
Story by Nicole Jones