By KAROLYN GEPHART
Construction of the Brazoria County Expressway, a 4-lane (2+2) toll way in the median of State Highway 288, is scheduled to begin June 2017. The five mile stretch will extend from the Brazoria/Harris County line to just south of County Road 58 in Brazoria County.
The project is proceeding now that the Brazoria County Commissioners’ Court awarded the construction contract by unanimous vote to Pulice Construction, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona. The bid was $97.1 million meeting specifications and requirements.
“Our 288 Development Team has worked diligently to move this project forward. The Brazoria County Expressway will bring much needed relief to our resident’s daily commute into and out of Houston,” Commissioner Stacy Adams, Precinct 3, said.
When construction begins, the existing lanes on SH 288 will remain open with an occasional short scheduled closure or delay.
Parts of the Expressway project are being funded by different groups.
The Texas Department of Transportation will fund in the reconstruction of the FM 518 intersection, including adding turn lanes and adjusting the frontage roads.
Aesthetic improvements along the 288 corridor are also part of the project and will be funded by the City of Pearland.
County Judge Matt Sebesta felt the contract being awarded was a positive step toward traffic alleviation.
“Today’s action is a culmination of years working with the Legislature, Texas Department of Transportation and the Brazoria County Toll Road Authority to alleviate traffic congestion in the 288 corridor. The managed lanes will decrease our constituent’s time on the road and allow them more time with their families,” Sebesta said.
For updates on the Brazoria County Expressway, log on to their webpage at http://brazoriacountytx.gov.
The project is scheduled to open to traffic in July 2019.