By KAROLYN GEPHART
Brazoria County breaks ground of Brazoria County Expressway portion of 288 improvements from Pearland area to downtown Houston, Texas Medical Center.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Brazoria County Expressway took place recently to kickoff a series of improvements in the corridor of the City of Pearland.
The construction work for the $97 million project will be the first toll road for the Brazoria County Toll Road Authority and is part of a large initiative to help relieve traffic and congestion along the SH 288 corridor.
It is being built to improve mobility for the area’s residents.
“Look at the growth on 288. It has become an important artery into Houston,” Texas Representative Ed Thompson said to the large group of city officials, elected state officials and business owners who attended the event. “A lot of people in Texas don’t like toll roads. I believe in them. They are what we need to keep people moving.”
The expressway includes a five mile 4-lane toll road down the median of SH 288 from Clear Creek located just north of McHard Road to County Road 58 which is south of Bailey Road, officials reported.
The Brazoria County Expressway will connect with the Texas Department of Transportation’s SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Harris County extending access from north of the Clear Creek to the Texas Medical Center, downtown Houston and the Galleria area and includes eight direct connector ramps to the Sam Houston Tollway and two to the Texas Medical Center.
The SH 288 corridor is vital to the Pearland’s economy and its appearance is important to the Pearland community’s long term sustainability, according to Pearland city officials.
“Roads are economic development tools,” Thompson said. “We need to do a better job of explaining this to the public.”
For more information on this project, visit pearlandtx.gov/288 or visit brazoriacountytx.gov.