Public Input Sought On Medical Center Roadway Construction Project

State transportation officials are having a public meeting tonight on a proposed construction project that would have a major impact on the Texas Medical Center and surrounding neighborhoods.


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Plans are now in the works  for a reversible toll road along the existing lanes of State Highway 288, from Brazoria County to downtown Houston. Officials have indicated they’d like to start construction as early as next year. 

As part of that project, TxDOT wants to build a direct connector between the toll lanes and the Medical Center.

“We are looking at options for reducing congestion and helping to move traffic through a very highly congested area.”

TxDOT’s Raquelle Lewis says they’re looking at six different alternatives for the connector’s route. 

Those alternatives include Old Spanish Trail, Holcombe Boulevard, and Hermann Drive.  

“It would essentially be an elevated structure that would tie into an existing facility that provides connectivity into the Medical Center.”

Not on the table is a proposed seventh alternative that was first presented last summer. That route would have taken the connector from 288 to MacGregor Way.

“There was lots of public outcry and sentiment about that particular alternative making a connection because it would have some impact to MacGregor Park.”

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A public meeting on the 288 connector project is from 6:00-8:00 tonight at DeBakey High School.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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