In The Median

In the Median: Quinton Salisbury

Former TSU Football Player Advances in Career

The Drive288 team is made up of people from all walks of life, and from all across the world. Although originally from Louisiana, one of the project’s engineers has since made Houston his home. Meet Quinton Salsberry, a graduate of TSU and a promising young Field Engineer on the ongoing Drive288 highway expansion project.

After attending high school in Grambling, LA, Quinton moved to Houston to play football for Texas Southern University. There, he completed two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Civil Engineering Technology and the second in Civil Engineering. The doors opened by these degrees left Quinton able to move directly into a Field Engineer position on the Drive288 project. This construction is improving the functionality of 10.3 miles of SH 288 by implementing new toll lanes, which will enable the highway to handle traffic better than ever before.

“I really enjoyed a smooth transition from college into my career,” said Quinton. “Texas Southern did a great job preparing its students for what is expected after graduation.”

This is Quinton’s first job on a major highway construction project, and he enjoys the opportunities and challenges the position presents.

“Construction has always been something I took interest in,” he remarked. “The opportunity to get to see something built from the ground up is amazing and takes a lot of patience. I particularly like that Drive288 is a design-build project, which makes it more challenging and interesting, from an engineer’s point of view.”

As a young engineer starting out, Quinton has a leadership role on the project. In spite of some language barriers and having to earn the respect of seasoned laborers in the field, the challenges of the position have made it even more rewarding. Working with the Drive288 team has solidified Quinton’s belief in the effectiveness of the Drive288 project.

“Being a part of this team, I can see how the SH 288 construction is going to make a major impact for surrounding communities and Houston itself,” said Quinton. “The construction so far is coming along well.”