Major Construction, SH 288 at Holmes Rd

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Major Construction, SH 288 at Holmes Rd

Full road closures due to construction on the Drive288 Project

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact:
Raynese Edwards
raynese@btg288.com

HOUSTON, TX— June 6, 2018

In late May, Holmes Road was inaccessible to Eastbound and Westbound traffic as crews began closures on the SH 288 project that significantly impacted the area.

Known to motorists who follow the project online as “Segment 4,” the areas touching Holmes Road at Cannon, Bellfort, and Fannin, saw reduced traffic speeds and increased travel time.

 

LANE CLOSURE DETAILS

Nightly, from 5/21/18 at 9pm – 6/1/18 at 5am, 10am on weekends

All lanes of Holmes Rd, both Eastbound and Westbound, were closed at SH 288.

Detour for Westbound traffic: Take Holmes Rd. Westbound to Scott St. Turn left on Scott St. and continue to Bellfort Ave. Turn right onto Bellfort Ave. and continue to Fannin St. Turn left on Fannin St. and continue to Holmes Rd.

Detour for Eastbound traffic: Take Holmes Rd Eastbound to SH 288 Southbound Frontage Rd, U-turn at Bellfort Ave, to merge onto SH 288 Northbound Frontage Rd, then make a right onto Holmes Rd.

Multi-highway construction projects were occurring simultaneously in the Houston Metro area, so TxDOT and the Drive288 Project wanted to stress to travelers to #KnowBeforeYouGo. Check social media feeds and local news stations for traffic advisories before heading to your destinations. 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.

SH 288 Good Deeds Day

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SH 288 Good Deeds Day

SH 288 Community Outreach Events

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact:

Raynese Edwards

raynese@btg288.com

 

HOUSTON, TX—April 26, 2018

The Drive288 Project is happy to announce their participation in this year’s Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition, celebrated by individuals and organizations alike. The spirit of the day is to help, volunteer, aide, and do something good for your fellow mankind. Joining in the zeitgeist, Drive288 will participate in three (3) projects to give back to the Houston community.

Project #1

Beautification of Kandy Stripe Academy

Drive288 will purchase about 100 new plants and flowers to give new curb appeal to the institution. Kandy Stripe Academy (KSA) was established in 1968 as a family-owned childcare center. Since that time, KSA has added grades 1 through 8, and in 2001 became an HISD Charter School. 

Project #2

Senior Appreciation Luncheon for Senior Line Dancers of Houston

Utilizing a local DBE caterer, Drive288 will cater lunch for 100 senior citizens at Emancipation Park Cultural Center. The event will also feature a performance by the senior men line dancers.

Project #3

STEAM Resources for the World Youth Foundation

Drive288 will present a check for the purchase of supplies or purchase needed supplies for the Youth Innovation Incubator Program – which is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program.

For more stories on Drive288 serving the community, please visit http://drive288.com/in-the-median.

 

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 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.

Drive 288 Human Interest Piece

Drive288 is committed to communicating progress, construction updates, and other details with the traveling public. As the events of Hurricane Harvey have tested our mettle, we came out not only Texas Strong, but #hoUStonStrong. Our team has rallied together and come out stronger after the hurricane, but we wanted to give you an inside peek at the names and faces that have made us 288Strong.

Meet Greg Snider, Enrique Martin, and Fernando Arranz. These men have the vision that keeps Drive288 moving forward. Greg is the Project Manager of TxDOT, the entity all our construction is housed under, Enrique serves as the CEO of BTG, lead developer of the construction project, and Fernando is the Project Manager of the Almeda-Genoa Constructors, lead contractors.

 

How did you come to work with the Drive288 project?

Greg: My previous assignment with TxDOT was managing Segments F1, F2, and G of the Grand Parkway, a 38-mile greenfield design-build project on the northwest side of Houston. The project was on the cusp of transitioning into the Operations phase when the SH 288 contract was awarded. During this period, I was asked to manage the Drive288 project.

Enrique: As part of the ACSID organization, I was seconded to this Project in August 2015.

Fernando: I came to work on the Drive288 Project in June 2015 as a Construction Manager. I’ve worked for Dragados my entire career, so the company transferred me from a different highway project. As of June 2017, I have assumed the role of Project Manager with AGC.

What has been the most rewarding part of your work with the Drive288 project?

Greg: I would have to say working with the Drive288 team: my TxDOT staff, BTG, AGC, REL, our Independent Engineer and my GEC. Every day, I am surrounded by knowledgeable and experienced staff excited to work on such a vital corridor, fundamental to the growth and development of this community.

Enrique: One of the best parts has been forming a reliable team of hard workers who manage all aspects and parts of the Drive288 Toll Lanes Construction Project.

Fernando: It’s amazing to see how the construction progresses with the great team of professionals that make up Drive288, as we are really working together as one.

As the project continues, how will your work with the project change?

Greg: Looking forward, I hope to continue to work with our partners in the community and stay focused on minimizing the impacts of the project on the daily commuters and community. In the following years, the project will transition from design & construction work to operation & maintenance. As the progression of these project phases occurs my area of focus will transition as well.

Enrique: Currently we are concentrated on construction, but as the project progresses, there will be a moment close to the substantial completion where everybody will have a look at O&M.

Fernando: More work and less sleep.

How long have you been working in the construction industry?

Greg: Out of my 13 years of experience, about 7 years have been in construction.  

Enrique: Around 27 years.

Fernando: It’s been about 18 years now.

What have been some of the difficulties of the project for you, and how have you overcome them?

Greg: At times, working with the various stakeholders has been a challenge. Most of these obstacles can be overcome with proactive communication and forward thinking. Although concerns may arise through the remainder of the project, the level of communication will initiate innovative solutions for a project of this magnitude, as well as our partners.

Enrique: Just the day-to-day workload can be difficult to manage sometimes. Thankfully, we all have a good team right now in BTG.

Fernando: Every day is a challenge for different reasons, so it’s really hard to select just one.

What are you most looking forward to as work on the project continues?

Greg: I’m most looking forward to the day we can all celebrate a ribbon cutting, on time, standing side-by-side with our partners in the community, and the SH 288 team. The experience of being one of the first to drive down the new SH 288 toll lanes will be one I never forget.

Enrique: I’m looking forward to meeting all the deadlines and milestones, and keeping my composure throughout all operations.

Fernando: I am looking forward to opening traffic to our first connector. I can’t wait to see how much the public is going to enjoy the new road.