Drive288 Project Partners with Houston Launch Pad
HOUSTON, TX—August 15, 2017—The Drive288 project is committed not only to improving the flow of traffic along 10.3 miles of SH 288, but also to enriching the surrounding community whenever possible. For this reason, the project has partnered with The Houston Launch Pad, an organization that improves the lives of local veterans and others who are looking for employment, an end to homelessness, and a better life.
Because veterans make up 9% of the overall population but 23% of the homeless population, the services at Houston Launch Pad help veterans from the ground up. From providing a place to sleep, nutritional sustenance, and employment training, the non-profit organization is then able to work with organizations like Drive288 to get these men and women into the job force. Thanks to a generous grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, Launch Pad provides veterans with training that prepares them for work in carpentry, concrete finishing, construction, and heavy equipment operator occupations.
“These grants lead to skilled training and future job opportunities which expands our state’s workforce, benefiting our communities,” remarked state Sen. Borris L. Miles.
Drive288, along with Williams Brothers Construction and ISI Infrastructure Services, partnered with Houston Launch Pad to help 150 individuals make the transition from dependency to becoming hard-working members of the local workforce. These veterans are finding work on the highway construction project, which will ready SH 288 and the Houston area for its continued growth.
“This grant partnership delivers workforce solutions that will help improve workers’ job skills and is an impetus for job creation for our communities,” added state Rep. Shawn Thierry.
The Drive288 construction project, also known as the SH 288 Express Toll Lanes Expansion Project, encompasses a 10.3-mile stretch of SH 288. The project, which spans from US 59 in the north, to just past Beltway 8, includes three expansive new interchanges at Beltway 8, Loop 610, and the Texas Medical Center. The project is owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, and the lead developer is Blueridge Transportation Group. More information can be found at Drive288.com.
About Blueridge Transportation Group
Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG) was formed to deliver the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the SH 288 project. BTG is a preeminent group of worldwide and local companies with proven performance delivering large-scale P3 transportation projects. Get more information on BTG’s Drive288 project at Drive288.com.