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Stantec’s design of SH288 Toll Lanes selected as #2 road project for 2018 by Roads and Bridges Magazine

As construction continues, two direct connector bridges now open to better serve the Houston area


Stantec’s design of the SH288 Toll Lanes project has been named the #2 Road Project for 2018 by Roads and Bridges Magazine. The project is being delivered as a public-private partnership between the Texas Department of Transportation and the Blueridge Transportation Group, with Almeda Genoa Contractors as the builder, and Stantec as the Engineer of Record. The project spans 10.3 miles (41.2 lane-miles) at a cost of $850 million. Designed in just under 13 months, SH288 was chosen due to its massive size, the complexity of the design, and the speed and efficiency at which it was completed.

The project recently reached important milestones with the opening of two direct connector bridges—one at the IH610 interchange connecting westbound IH610 to southbound SH288, and another connecting eastbound IH610 to northbound SH288.

“This is a great honor for the design team, which included 143 Stantec professionals across 15 different regional offices in North America,” said Susan Walter, design manager for the project and Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Transportation. “SH288 is going to greatly improve the health of the transportation network in the Houston area which will have lasting impacts in the community. Our team should really be proud.”

Houston is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States, and SH288 is a critical corridor for the greater metro region.

The design of SH288 included 40 new bridges with eight new connector ramps to and from Beltway-8, eight connector ramps to and from IH-610, and two more connectors at the Texas Medical Centre. The team also made design modifications to 13 existing bridges. The design also includes a total of 69,500 linear feet of Intelligent Transportation System infrastructure to provide tolling services.

Prefabrication played a significant role in the design and construction of the project. By precasting column caps offsite, construction time can be sped up, while traffic congestion can be reduced. The project was also sped up by using 14 bridge design teams, working in tandem to meet accelerated deadlines.

Construction of the project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

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SH288 and IH610 direct connectors during construction | Photo credit: Almeda-Genoa Constructors and AeroPhoto

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