Drive288 Project Reaches Out to Community
HOUSTON, TX—May 01, 2017—Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG), lead developer on the Drive288 expansion project, has undertaken several community outreach efforts to enrich the community they serve: the people of Houston, TX. Project outreach began in 2016, launching with a donation to Turkeys for Seniors, a charity organized by Councilman Larry Green of District K; donations and a gift-giveaway to children and families through Change Happens!, a Houston-based community enrichment center; and a Saturday sponsorship of Sheila Jackson Lee’s charity, Toys for Kids.
Recently, the Drive288 team endorsed diversity in STEM careers to students at Southwest High School. This Career Day focused on educating future generations, like 9th grader Nathaniel Avilez, on the career options available to them in construction—both in the field and in the office—specifically for minorities and other underrepresented groups. Presenters from the project included Enrique Martin (CEO, Blueridge, Transportation Group), Fabian Iglesias (Financial Controller, Almeda-Genoa Constructors), Carla Bight (Human Resources, Almeda-Genoa Constructors), Sam Sauceda (Engineering Assistant, Blueridge Transportation Group), Ninouska Poonam (Design Engineer, Almeda-Genoa Constructors), and Raynese Edwards (Public Information Coordinator, Blueridge Transportation Group).
As an EEOC project and employer, Drive288 is dedicated to supporting diversity, and highlights non-majority groups who work with the project. Their Women in Construction human interest series highlights some of these individuals, such as Field Engineer, Jaclyn Tran. Along with these outreach efforts, Drive288 recently held its own Job Fair, which sought Field Supervisors, Superintendents, and Laborers to join the project. As well as supporting individuals, the $815 million project has a 12% DBE goal, and has expressed a strong commitment to work with disadvantaged businesses. These efforts are meant to build and rally the community around the construction on SH 288 through unity and inclusion, and to help the community and highway grow together. “Everyone who is working with this project is passionate about leaving a positive impact on the communities we serve,” said Raynese Edwards, Public Information Coordinator for BTG. “Our proactive involvement reflects that passion, and the willingness we have to go above and beyond for Houstonians.”
The construction project, which includes the Harris County section of SH 288, will add toll 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. The interchanges and 18 new direct connector/ramp bridges will improve connectivity to and from Beltway 8, IH 610 South Loop, and the Texas Medical Center. Construction is expected to last until mid-2019. Detailed updates and project information are available at Drive288.com.
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. More information about BTG and about the Drive288 project can be found on Drive288.com.