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SH 288 Ramp Closures at Bellfort

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SH 288 Ramp Closures at Bellfort

New traffic alerts for commuters of SH 288

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact:
Raynese Edwards
raynese@btg288.com

 

HOUSTON, TX—April 9, 2018—Beginning April 9th, 2018, work in the vicinity of SH 288 at Bellfort St will include the construction of new general purpose lanes and exit ramps. Work is expected to span over the next 6+ months, and the construction will include:

  1. Permanent closure and demolition of the existing SH 288 Southbound exit ramp to Bellfort St; and
  2. A newly constructed exit ramp to Bellfort St built with the installations of the new mainlanes.

 

Similarly, Almeda-Genoa Constructors (AGC) will reconstruct the northbound exit lanes to Bellfort St, however, construction for that portion will not be performed at this time. Traffic alerts will be distributed once a definitive schedule for the northbound work has been determined. 

It remains a priority to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the SH 288 Toll Lanes developer, Blueridge Transportation Group, along with AGC, that the traveling public to be aware of significant construction that will detour anticipated routes. Collectively, we ask that you stay engaged with us and practice safe and careful driving on Texas all roadways and especially those within construction work zones.  

For more information, please visit drive288.com/corridor.

 

About Almeda-Genoa Constructors

Almeda-Genoa Constructors (AGC) is a fully integrated joint venture between Dragados USA, Pulice Construction, and Shikun & Binui America. The AGC team members employ over 1,000 professional staff and over 2,000 craft personnel in North America and have nearly 20,000 employees worldwide. In addition, AGC has integrated well-respected Texas and local firms to perform key elements of the work.

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. Find out more about BTG’s Drive288 project at Drive288.com.

 

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SH 288 Major Construction Alert

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SH 288 Major Construction Alert

The Drive288 Project is implementing big changes for the commuting public

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact:
Raynese Edwards
raynese@btg288.com

 

HOUSTON, TX—April 9, 2018—Beginning the weekend of April 6, 2018, Almeda-Genoa Constructors began the first closures in a series of total lane closures, scheduled to take place on various weekends over the spring and summer months. The total closures are needed to support multifaceted construction efforts of the SH 288 managed lanes construction project, Drive288. Specifically, AGC will be:

  1. Building new director connectors from IH 610 Eastbound to SH 288 Northbound, and from IH 610 Westbound to SH 288 Southbound;
  2. Demolishing existing direct connectors; and
  3. Shifting traffic lanes to utilize the newly constructed connectors, keeping traffic moving in all directions while simultaneously constructing additional direct connectors.

 

The total closures are slated for intermittent weekend dates between April and August 2018. This will provide contractors with safe and adequate space and time to complete scheduled work, while simultaneously minimizing traffic flow impacts during the work week for the commuting public. Drive288 is committed to keeping the community as informed as possible throughout the duration of this project. Interested parties can visit Drive288.com, subscribe to email updates or text message alerts, and follow the project on social media to find more information about the project and  information about upcoming lane closures or traffic alerts.

This project, which includes the Harris County section of SH 288, will add managed lanes and expansive new interchanges to a 10.3 mile stretch of roadway, from US 59 in the north to the Harris County/Brazoria County line at Clear Creek.

For more information, please visit drive288.com/corridor.

 

About Almeda-Genoa Constructors

Almeda-Genoa Constructors (AGC) is a fully integrated joint venture between Dragados USA, Pulice Construction, and Shikun & Binui America. The AGC team members employ over 1,000 professional staff and over 2,000 craft personnel in North America and have nearly 20,000 employees worldwide. In addition, AGC has integrated well-respected Texas and local firms to perform key elements of the work.

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. Find out more about BTG’s Drive288 project at Drive288.com.

 

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A 288 Success Story

Here at Drive288 we love it when a plan comes together.

We’re proud to say that Summer 2017 intern, Adreanna Broussard, has officially been hired on the project! Having finished her Civil Engineering degree this past December at UTSA, Adreanna joins the team as a Field Engineer, focusing on Segments 5 and 6. The Drive288 team is very proud of the work Adreanna has contributed to the project thus far and couldn’t be more excited to have her on the project. 

Syntoria’s Story

The flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented catastrophe in the city. Homes were destroyed, families were forced to seek shelter, and damaged highways were non-functional for weeks. The city of Houston has since rebuilt, restored, and lent a helping hand to its citizens, but there are still many families who are displaced or rebuilding. The latter is true for some employees of the Drive288 project.

Meet Syntoria Flagg. Born and raised in Louisiana, Syntoria joined the commuting ranks of Houstonians nearly a decade ago. Initially working in the Oil & Gas Industry, Syntoria began weighing her options when the industry took a drastic downturn. The plummeting cost of oil caused many companies to panic, taking rash measures to stop the hemorrhaging cash flow. Because of this unstable environment, Syntoria decided to leverage her existing skillset and apply them in the Construction industry. Having worked in the field for two years, as well as being a regular commuter on SH 288, Syntoria recognized the potential of the Drive288 project and wanted to be part of the amazing transition that would take place over the next few years.

Prior to Hurricane Harvey, Syntoria and her family ate, slept, played, cooked, and lived in the same home for eight years. Due to the events of Hurricane Harvey, their home suffered damage to the structure of the house: roof, walls paint, sheetrock, and carpet. On top of that, their family lost furniture, storage units, yard equipment, and additional belongings that added to Harvey’s tally. But thanks to the help offered by the Drive288 Project and the Association of General Contractors, much of their home has been repaired and they have replaced lost items.

“I love how our AGC family pulled together their time and resources to help so many of us who lost so much during Hurricane Harvey,” says Flagg. “The AGC grant helped us recover expenses we incurred as a result of the damage.” Syntoria also called out the kindness of one Drive288 employee in particular, Raynese Edwards. “[Raynese] was relentless in referring us to any additional resources that became available. I would receive a couple emails [from her] per week, as well as stopping by my office if she heard of a resource we could possibly benefit from, she passed on the information.”

Syntoria commented on the overwhelming support of AGC, Drive288, and BTG. “Having a work family like AGC reminds us that there are still people in the world who are concerned about others in time of need. I am grateful! Thanks again for your support!”

Vicente Gomez – Behind the Design

The Drive288 Project is in full effect, with about a year and a half of construction remaining. As field engineers and construction workers grind day and night to complete the 10.3 miles of managed lanes, the overall project is helping to be fulfilled by Design Build Manager, Vincente Gomez; one of the tours de fource behind the design.

Coming to Texas with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Madrid, Spain, Gomez serves as the Design Build Manager for the Drive288 Project. Joining the Construction industry as an intern for Dragados in 1999, Gomez was inspired since childhood to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Civil Engineer.

Prior to the joint venture for the construction on SH 288, Gomez has offered his services on several major projects across North America; the most recent being the NEAHD in Edmonton, Canada. This project included the closure of the Edmonton ring road and was executed with a budget of $1.5M (CAD).

As the Design Build Manager for this project, Gomez’s responsibility is to help develop the design of the project, coordinating the relationship between the designers and construction team. “It’s a very challenging project,” says Gomez. “Building eleven miles of toll lanes and three big interchanges around an existing and very busy highway is an incredible challenge.” But Gomez remains excited and anticipatory for the end of the project, where the traveling public will be able to get “from Pearland to I-69 in just ten minutes!”

Women in Construction: Sara Hennningsgaard

The Drive288 project takes great pride in establishing an inclusive work environment, with a team of workers that reflects the uniquely diverse community of Houston. In one of the most male-dominated industries in the world, we deeply value the hard-working women whose diligent work on the project is unparalleled.

On this edition of Women in Construction, we highlight Sara Henningsgaard. Raised in Damascus, Maryland, Sara is a civil engineer and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. With six of Sara’s siblings also being engineers, engineering is a sort of family tradition for the Henningsgaard’s. Her father, who also happens to be a civil engineer, served as a role model for Sara, developing in her an early passion for the field.
“Engineering was the family business, but fortunately, I enjoyed the technical disciplines in school and the problem solving that goes along with being a civil engineer,”
said Henningsgaard.

From college student to intern to field inspector to project manager, Sara worked her way up her organization and now serves as an important piece of the Drive288 project, subcontracted with Roy Jorgensen. With over 12 years of engineering experience, she has also worked on several other major highway construction projects, including I595 Express in Florida, I70 in Colorado, and I495 Express in Virginia.

“This [civil engineering] field continues to be an enjoyable challenge and has always been a good fit for my skill set and personality,” she said.

The Drive288 project appreciates diligent workers like Sara, and she is just as appreciative for the cohesive atmosphere on the team.

“What I enjoy most is the diversity of disciplines that are involved and required on such a large-scale infrastructure project (construction, operations and maintenance, PI, finance, etc.),” said Henningsgaard. “All these project components need to work collaboratively to achieve project success. This exposure also enables me to continue to learn outside of my core skillset.

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