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Everything’s bigger in Texas: How a P3 mega roadway project came to life

September 01, 2021

This Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine story explores the accelerated timeline behind the SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Houston

By Youssaira Belmokadem and James Rashford

Established in the mid-1800s, the still-booming metropolis of Houston, Texas is now the fourth largest American city with a population of approximately 7 million people. The region’s tremendous growth began to take a toll on its roadways, including the critical North-South State Highway 288 (SH 288) transportation corridor.

SH 288 traverses Harris and Brazoria counties between Houston and Freeport and provides a vital hurricane evacuation route for the community. It is also a freight and commercial trucking route and connects directly to the Texas Medical Center, which is the largest medical complex in the world.

With worsening congestion resulting in safety issues, the community needed a solution. The SH 288 Toll Lanes project delivered, expanding roadway capacity with four toll lanes within the existing SH 288 median, and preparing the city for serious growth.

Read the full article in Civil + Structural Engineer.

 

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