Who We Are
Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG) is a subsidiary of ACS Infrastructure Development. The ACS Group is one of the largest infrastructure construction companies and P3 developers in the world, with more than 122,000 employees spread across over 50 countries. The ACS Group has more than 55 years of experience in developing, financing, operating, and maintaining highway, bridge, rail, aviation, and social infrastructure projects.
Our experience and proven record of success is why BTG was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to develop, operate, and maintain the 10.3-mile project now known as the SH 288 Toll Lanes. BTG is currently operating under a 52-year contract with TxDOT and is responsible for the daily operations and maintenance of the entire corridor, including frontage roads, the non-toll general purpose lanes, and the express toll lanes.
The Drive288 Story
As one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the country, SH 288 Express Toll Lanes are a result of Houston’s incredible growth and continued success.
The SH 288 Express Toll Lanes is a public-private partnership or “P3”. This means that a contractual agreement was established between TxDOT and BTG to design, construct, finance, operate, and maintain the SH 288 corridor from I-59 to Clear Creek, including the frontage roads, general purpose lanes, and express toll lanes.
Houston’s growth is being driven by major industries like energy, healthcare, and biosciences. In order to quickly and efficiently make infrastructure improvements, like the SH 288 Express Toll Lanes project, to support the city’s growth, the state of Texas is utilizing the P3 delivery method to partner with trusted firms. The state contributed 1.7% to the construction of this project, therefore having very little impact on taxpayers.
SH 288 Express Toll Lanes project is the only tollway P3 project in Houston, which is why it operates differently than other toll lanes in the city. It provides both tolled lanes and non-tolled lanes within the same facility, allowing users to make the most convenient decisions for their travel needs.
As Houston continues to thrive, BTG and TxDOT are working to ensure that the SH 288 Express Toll Lanes accommodates the daily hustle and bustle of an internationally prominent city. The goal is to give drivers options that alleviate traffic and congestion in the general-purpose lanes and communities along the corridor.
With safety as a top priority, BTG works alongside TxDOT to operate and maintain the SH 288 corridor from US 59 to the Brazoria County limit from right-of-way to right-of-way, including frontage roads, the non-tolled general-purpose lanes, and the express toll lanes.
This roadway reduces traffic and congestion in the communities adjacent to the corridor. For every driver who uses the express toll lanes, there is less congestion in the general-purpose lanes. Ensuring the option for expedited travel on the SH 288 results in less commuter traffic for local communities along the roadway.
The SH 288 corridor primarily serves drivers to and from Brazoria and Harris County, which, when combined, have grown by almost one million residents since the project began in 2016. This makes the SH 288 Express Toll Lanes project a critical connector for this booming region to important areas of Houston.
The SH 288 Express Toll Lanes are designed specifically to provide a faster and more convenient driving experience for business professionals, healthcare workers, and Houston families. The highway serves as an important thoroughfare into Houston and the primary express artery to the world’s largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center. The below graph shows the consistent increase in daily traffic to the Texas Medical Center via SH 288 Express Toll Lanes
The Texas Medical Center continues to grow and shape the future of healthcare, SH 288 offers critical reliability, allowing healthcare workers to commute to the center quickly and easily.
When entering the SH 288 Express Toll Lanes, drivers only pay the rate displayed on the Toll Rate Sign. For the express lanes to continue to offer a reliable commute, tolling prices are managed by specific criteria with the intent to provide fluid traffic conditions on the Express Toll Lanes. Toll rates are based on the day of the week, time of day, and historical utilization. Average prices vary and are typically higher during weekday rush hour periods and lower during non-peak periods and weekends.
This structure gives SH 288 Express Toll Lanes greater reliability compared to the non-tolled general-purpose lanes. The SH 288 Express Toll Lanes also reduce congestion in the non-tolled general-purpose lanes by absorbing a significant amount of the peak-hour traffic volume.
Drainage mitigation was top of mind when constructing the SH 288 Toll Lanes project as this issue is critical to the future of Houston.
The SH 288 Toll Lanes include:
- Four toll lanes within the SH 288 median
- General Purpose Lanes
- Eight connectors to IH 610
- Eight connectors to Beltway 8 Interchange
- Connector to Texas Medical Center
The Benefits of Drive288
Prior to the SH 288 Express Toll Lanes, driving conditions along the 10.3 miles of roadway from US 59 to the Brazoria County limit were unpredictable and unavoidable. TxDOT had the foresight to address this issue as the population in this region continued to boom.
Now, despite the population along this corridor having grown by roughly one million people, drivers have a convenient and reliable express option during peak traffic hours and an alternative to the frequently congested non-tolled general-purpose lanes.
The SH 288 Express Toll Lanes are different from most others in the region. While other toll roads in Houston offer alternative roads, they do not offer an express toll and non-toll lanes in the same corridor. SH 288 Express Toll Lanes are designed specifically to give our drivers more options to allow them to choose what works best for their busy schedules and budgets.
Toll rates are based on the day of the week, time of day, and historical utilization. Average prices vary and are typically higher during weekday rush hour periods and lower during non-peak periods and weekends. This structure gives the SH 288 toll lanes superior reliability compared to other toll lanes in the city. Our drivers can opt for a more predictable and manageable commute when they need it.
The SH 288 Express Toll Lanes reduce congestion in the non-tolled general-purpose lanes by absorbing a significant amount of the peak-hour traffic volume. This, in turn, allows for less traffic and congestion in local communities along the corridor. Additionally, local drivers also have the option to utilize the express lanes as an easily accessible asset to expedite their travel into downtown Houston.
Since the development of the SH 288 Express Toll Lanes, traffic in the Houston region has increased exponentially. Thanks to SH 288, Houston drivers have options. This road provides a convenient and reliable option during peak hours of traffic as an important thoroughfare into critical areas of Houston and the primary express artery to the world’s largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center.
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