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State Highway 288 Toll Project About To Move Into The Next Phase

They’re almost ready to put down concrete along portions of the 288 toll road. But it’s going to be another couple of years before commuters can drive it.  

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  • Ramps under construction on 288 toll road at 610 Loop.
    Ramps under construction on 288 toll road at 610 Loop.
  • Ramps under construction on 288 at the 610 Loop.
    Ramps under construction on 288 at the 610 Loop.
  • Work on 288 ramps at 610 Loop.
    Work on 288 ramps at 610 Loop.
  • Traffic passes next to the construction site for the 288 toll lanes.
    Traffic passes next to the construction site for the 288 toll lanes.
  • Roadbed for 288 toll lanes.
    Roadbed for 288 toll lanes.
  • 288 construction at Beltway 8.
    288 construction at Beltway 8.
  • Roadbed prepared for 288 toll road.
    Roadbed prepared for 288 toll road.
  • Roadbed prepared for 288 toll road.
    Roadbed prepared for 288 toll road.

There a lot of activity where 288 meets the 610 Loop. Commuters have probably noticed that the ground has been flattened out so crews can start building the toll lanes.

The project also includes connector ramps at 610, Beltway 8, and the Texas Medical Center. Along with that, project spokeswoman Raynese Edwards hopes they can do something about the flooding that often causes problems on 288.

"What you'll see specifically at the Beltway and you'll also see it at 610 is that we are putting in new ponds, retention ponds that will be able to hold the water, slow the flow," explains Edwards.

The 288 toll lanes will run a little over ten miles, from the Med Center to Brazoria County. And the free general-purpose lanes will stay open. Edwards says that should lead to an easier commute for everyone.

"The benefit of it really is we're not adding additional traffic," adds Edwards. "We're really diverting traffic that's going from the south end to the north end."

The 288 toll lanes are expected to open in the middle of 2019. The cost is $815 million.

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Gail Delaughter

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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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