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Get the low-down on how the SH 288 expansion affects you

Almeda-Genoa Constructors (AGC) is a fully integrated joint venture between Dragados USA, Pulice Construction, and Shikun & Binui America, known collectively the DBJV. The DBJV 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, the DBJV has integrated well-respected local firms James Construction Group and MICA Corporation to perform key elements of the work. Find out more about the SH-288 Toll Lanes team.

SH-288, which runs from downtown Houston to southern Brazoria County, provides a vital route for commuters as well as for freight and commercial trucking. It also serves as a hurricane evacuation route. The SH-288 Toll Project will help accommodate additional traffic and improve access to the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston, while improving the operational efficiency of SH-288. Get more details here.

The design and construction improvements are valued at $815 million.

Funding to move this project forward came from the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program. The initiative provides federal credit assistance in the form of direct loans, loan guarantees, and standby lines of credit to finance surface transportation projects of national and regional significance.

Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG) will oversee as developer and Almeda-Genoa Constructors will perform the design and construction portion. Find out more on our Meet the Team page.

Construction began in Fall 2016 and is projected to be complete by the second quarter of 2019, allowing for a planned 1000 days of work.

Hours of construction will vary. Check this page for more information and updates.

Lane closures will vary throughout the project. Check this page for the most up-to-date information, and don’t forget to sign up for email or text updates.

The Green Ribbon Project Corridor Aesthetics and Landscape Master Plan integrates landscape architecture, public art and architecture into the engineered aspects of Texas highways in the Houston area.  The Green Ribbon Project is a blueprint for district engineers and designers to bring continuity roadway enhancements.  The Green Ribbon Project (GRP) was developed by TxDOT-Houston in response to the desires of the political, civic, and “green” leaders of Houston to change the city’s image.

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Design/build is a method in construction in which both the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design/build contractor.

The 10.3-mile project includes the construction of four tolled lanes, two in each direction within the existing SH-288 median, from US-59 to the Harris/Brazoria County line. Find out more information on our Project Overview page.

No, there will also be general purpose lanes.

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TxDOT conducted a Major Corridor Feasibility Study (view here), which looked at all modes of transportation including biking and rail. The study determined that FM 521 also known as Almeda was the “more” preferred route for future rail as it would serve as a logical link to the current METRO red line.

Further, the study determined a toll option would better address the congestion issues impacting the corridor and accommodate future growth.

On a toll road, all motorists pay a fee because all lanes are tolled. In contrast, on highways that include managed lanes, motorists typically can choose one of two options. They can drive in the non-tolled, general-purpose lanes or pay a toll to drive in managed lanes that can offer more predictable travel times. Managed lanes also may include “variable” or “dynamic” tolls that change based on the time of day or increase when traffic is congested and drop when traffic is flowing.

It has not been determined what specific method will be used to collect tolls, but toll collection will be compatible with all EZ Tag and TxTag systems.

Only emergency vehicles will be exempt from paying tolls.

Yes, some private property is in the process of being acquired.

Traffic will not be routed onto neighborhood streets during construction.