What Commuters Need To Know About The State Highway 288 Toll Project

Construction is about to start on new toll lanes designed to serve the growing population south of Houston.

State Highway 288 Toll Project
State Highway 288 Toll Project"

Officials are breaking ground today on the new State Highway 288 Toll Lanes. Along with accommodating thousands of commuters, the lanes will also provide additional capacity for hurricane evacuations.

The work will cost $815 million. TxDOT selected Blueridge Transportation Group to develop the project. Almeda-Genoa Constructors will be the lead contractor.

The 288 toll project will run just over 10 miles, stretching from U.S. 59 to the Harris County/Brazoria County line at Clear Creek. Two tolled lanes in each direction will be built in the median of the existing roadway. The project also includes direct connector ramps at Beltway 8, the 610 Loop, and the Texas Medical Center. Once the project is complete, drivers can still use the general-purpose lanes for free.

Construction is expected to be completed by summer of 2019.

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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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