Transportation Updates

1. Hwy. 288 toll lanes

Construction began in November on the Hwy. 288 toll project in Harris County, according to Blueridge Transportation Group officials. BTG—the contractor for the project—will develop toll lanes from Hwy. 59 to Clear Creek. Brazoria County officials will install toll lanes from Clear Creek to CR 58 as part of a separate project. As part of the project, BTG will build freeway interchanges from Hwy. 288 to Beltway 8. The project will include eight direct connector/ramp bridges.
Timeline: November 2016-Mid-2019
Cost: $950 million
Funding sources: Blueridge Transportation Group, Brazoria County, Harris County, Texas Department of Transportation

2. John Lizer Road/Liberty Drive paving improvement

Construction began in October on the repavement of John Lizer Road and Liberty Drive as part of the city of Pearland’s five-year pavement rehabilitation plan. Angel Brothers Enterprises was awarded the bid for the project at the Aug. 22 regular city council meeting. The project will cause one of the lanes on each road to be closed for an expected four weeks. According to city officials, the project is currently well ahead of schedule, with an expectation that it will be finished well before the allotted contract time of 120 days expires.
Timeline: October-December 2016
Cost: $423,000
Funding sources: city of Pearland

3. Bailey Avenue

project update Bailey Avenue will be widened from two to four lanes from FM 1128 to Veterans Drive[/caption]

will be widened from two to four lanes from FM 1128 to Veterans Drive. The project, which is expected to ease congestion, will also include raised medians and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian walkway on the north side of Bailey Road. As part of the city of Pearland project to expand Bailey Road, McLean Road will be closed until mid-January, officials said. The city closed McLean Road north of the intersection at Bailey Road on
Nov. 14. A detour was set to divert drivers to Harkey Road north of Magnolia Street. The Houston-Galveston Area Council awarded funding for the project as part of its 2013 Transportation Improvement Plan.
Timeline: September 2015-September 2017
Cost: $21.3 million
Funding sources: Houston-Galveston Area Council, city of Pearland