Over the past 15 year, residents began using the Hwy. 288 corridor to travel to the medical center, downtown Houston or the Galleria area for work. The growth of Pearland coupled with the construction of Hwy. 288 and the Beltway 8, which provided area residents improved access to the major job centers in the Houston region, led to congestion issues on SH 288. Because of that, transportation and mobility initiatives have been planned to ease the congestion and improve mobility in and around the City of Pearland.
SH 288 traverses Harris and Brazoria Counties between Houston and Freeport and provides a vital route for commuters, freight and commercial trucking, and is a hurricane evacuation route. Population increases associated with new residential subdivisions within the area of the SH 288 corridor have increased the number of vehicles using the highway as a primary travel route along much of the corridor. Residential and commercial development is projected to continue in the area over the next 20 years. According to the SH 288 Corridor Feasibility Study: Houston to Freeport, 2005 (Feasibility Study, 2005), the population was projected to increase approximately 60 percent in the corridor between 2005 and 2025, causing traffic conditions to continue to become more congested. As travel demand increases, mobility is projected to deteriorate to unacceptable levels with congestion extending south to SH 6 and eventually to CR 60. With the increase in traffic, the roadway would become less efficient if transportation improvements are not constructed.
The proposed SH 288 improvements need to be implemented to address the continued growth that is expected in the vicinity of the project corridor and the resulting increase in congestion, and to address improving access and travel to the TMC. If additional lanes are not added, the existing SH 288 and other area roadways would become more congested, and mobility in the corridor would decrease. The purpose of the proposed project is to alleviate congestion along the SH 288 corridor from US 59 to CR 60 and to improve access to the TMC.
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TXDOT Press Releases
- State, Brazoria County building on first phase of Texas 288 tollway - November 24, 2016
- Massive project to change the face of commuting on Highway 288 - October 31, 2016
- Financial Close on SH 288 project clears way for construction to begin - July 11, 2016
- State Highway 288 Toll Project gets closer to construction - June 21, 2016
- SH 288 Toll Project moves a step closer to construction - March 7, 2016
SH 288 Toll Project - Brazoria County portion (Updated as of July 2016)
- Scope: Develop 4 toll lanes from CR 58 to the Harris/Brazoria County line.
- Estimated Construction Cost: $100 M
- Status: Pre-construction Phase including advancing design, utility coordination, geotechnical surveying and financial closing
Beautification Efforts (A City of Pearland/Pearland Economic Development initiative)
- In November 2013, a management district (PMMD#2) was created to improve the appearance the SH 288 corridor. A Board of Directors was established and a maintenance and operations tax of $0.10 per $100 in valuation was approved by voters in the District.
- The 288 Corridor Master Improvements Plan was adopted by the Pearland Economic Development Board of Directors, the Pearland Municipal Management District #2 and the City of Pearland and includes plans and cost estimates for the beautification of key intersections along the corridor.
- After PMMD#2's approval of the SH 288 Master Improvements Plan, work began on the initial clean-up of the corridor, including the power washing of the Shadow Creek-SH 288 and FM 518-SH288 interchanges and more frequent mowing, sweeping, and trash collection along the corridor.
- The City, PEDC and PMMD#2 have also been working to implement the long-term projects from the 288 Corridor Master Improvements Plan in unison with BCTRA and TxDOT plans for the managed toll lanes.
- The first scope of work for this initial phase will include the hardscape enhancements that will be included in the County’s toll lane construction contract for work such as retaining walls, brick pavers, grading and amentitizing of the detention ponds for the entire corridor.
- A second scope of work will be for the improvements at the toll lane entrance at Hughes Ranch/Discovery Bay Drive and the McHard/Shadow Creek Parkway interchange based on the Master Plan improvements. The completed design documents will depict actual materials, sizes and specific locations of all landscape elements, fine grading, lighting, irrigation, sidewalks and gateway markers. The Broadway, CR 59 and Beltway 8 intersections will be completed in later phases.