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SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« on: March 03, 2015, 02:15:55 PM »

http://www.globalconreview.com/news/israeli-firm-wins-first-big-us-jo8b-800m-te8x8a8s/

Israeli firm wins first big US job: $800m Texas toll highway

Three years after setting up an office in the US, an Israeli firm has won its first major road-building job there – making toll lanes on a 10-mile stretch of state highway near Houston, Texas.

Infrastructure firm Shikun & Binui is a 50% partner in a consortium called Blueridge Transportation Group, which was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to design, build, finance, operate the new toll lanes on SH-288 in Harris County.


See the article for more information.

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Photograph: State Highway 288 in Texas, which is soon to be tolled. Courtesy of AARoads

Project website:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh288-toll-lanes.html


Photo from the 'Houston Freeways' book.

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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2015, 09:27:21 PM »

Here is the TxDOT presentation and bid analysis
http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2015/0226/11b-presentation.pdf

The $800 million price tag is higher than the earlier estimates of around $600 million, almost certainly due to the inclusion of all the ramps at the Beltway 8 interchange. All currently free lanes will remain free, and the long term plan includes an additional free lane in each direction between Loop 610 and Beltway 8. However, I don't expect to see those new free lanes anytime soon.

The presentation also mentions "Innovative ATCs within I-610 Interchange" and the presenter of the online video says that 70% of the ultimate connectors at I-610 will be built. I don't know what connectors are planned and what the configuration is - I'm thinking it is a design developed by the winning firm. http://txdot.swagit.com/play/02262015-660

This project also includes connector ramps to Holcombe. Those ramps began as a controversial project near MacGregor, and the Holcombe location proved to be acceptable.
 
 
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2015, 06:57:49 AM »

Gotta to love a toll lane in the middle of a freeway. I guess if TxDOT can do that on the Katy, lets do it on 288.
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2015, 05:26:38 PM »

http://www.globalconreview.com/news/israeli-firm-wins-first-big-us-jo8b-800m-te8x8a8s/

Israeli firm wins first big US job: $800m Texas toll highway

Three years after setting up an office in the US, an Israeli firm has won its first major road-building job there – making toll lanes on a 10-mile stretch of state highway near Houston, Texas.

Infrastructure firm Shikun & Binui is a 50% partner in a consortium called Blueridge Transportation Group, which was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to design, build, finance, operate the new toll lanes on SH-288 in Harris County.


See the article for more information.

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Photograph: State Highway 288 in Texas, which is soon to be tolled. Courtesy of AARoads

Project website:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh288-toll-lanes.html


Photo from the 'Houston Freeways' book.

Is that "US 288" shield still in existence? It was pictured in the article.
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2016, 03:50:05 AM »

Per the electronic message signs on 288, construction on the toll lanes will begin this month. There's a new website with information about the project called Drive288.com.
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2016, 02:14:17 PM »

I posted some simulated images showing rendering of TX-288 toll lanes which include a stack interchange with Beltway-8.

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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2016, 03:34:39 AM »

Is that "US 288" shield still in existence? It was pictured in the article.

Looks like no.
2013 GSV: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5557824,-95.3888971,3a,75y,168.66h,69.71t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1soMZQPvc_z2Gkydu-Xq9uiQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

If you move up to the 2016, it's gone and replaced with a shield with a stronger border. Too bad.
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2017, 11:04:28 AM »

I dust-off this thread by mentionning some photos of the beginnings of the construction work as well as the groundbreaking ceremony.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/jan-2017/
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2017, 09:15:51 PM »

I drove on SH 288 inside the Loop on Saturday, and there is not yet any construction activity inside the loop. There is plenty of work underway at the Loop 610/SH 288 interchange, as the photos show.

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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2017, 03:00:07 PM »

A $ 97 million contract has been awarded to construct the toll lanes in the median of SH 288 in Brazoria County. It runs from the Harris County/Brazoria County line to County Road 58.

Construction of the 4-lane (2+2) toll way in the median of State Highway 288 is scheduled to begin June 2017. The five mile stretch will extend from the Brazoria/Harris County line to just south of County Road 58 in Brazoria County.

http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000083321

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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2017, 07:59:33 PM »

I dust-off this thread by mentionning then some photos dated from March 23 and April 20 are posted. The June ones aren't posted on the site yet.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/April-2017
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/March-2017
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2017, 10:13:44 AM »

A little bump showing some construction progress of TX-288 on Twitter. https://twitter.com/drive288

Edit: (Nov 11), There's some aerial shots showing a small forest of piers who'll receive the future ramps. http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=29.59767,-95.38314&z=18&t=S
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2018, 11:14:42 PM »

Photo taken January 6, looking west along the eastbound BW8 feeder

http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180106-0023-1600.jpg

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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2018, 11:04:16 PM »

Thanks for posting those.  Did you get any of 610 at 288?
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2018, 12:01:26 AM »

TxDOT is planning a pay-by-mail option for the 288 toll lanes when it opens.  They'll also implement pay-by-mail on other Houston toll roads that they maintain including...

  • SH 249 tollway in Montgomery and Grimes Counties
  • Grand Parkway (SH 99) from I-10 in Katy up to I-69/U.S. 59 near New Caney
  • I-10 managed lanes (Katy Tollway) once HCTRA transfers control to TxDOT

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Toll-fine-changes-bring-confusion-to-Houston-area-12750895.php

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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2019, 08:51:29 AM »

I bump this thread by mentionning some new photos showing the construction of the interchange ramps at TX-288/Beltway 8.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/Beltway-8-and-SH-288

Older photos posted on March 29th.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/Construction-3.29.2019
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2019, 10:12:52 PM »

Drove here this past weekend. Best project in the Houston area right now.
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
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Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2019, 08:45:41 AM »

I saw some aerial shots taked around probably last January or February of the upcoming stack interchange of Beltway-8/TX-288. We see some ramps taking shape.
https://www.mytopo.com/maps/?lat=29.5968&lon=-95.38578&z=16
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