Jump to content
cspwal

TX 288 Toll Lane to Start Mid 2016

Recommended Posts

1 hour ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

FYI: The Gulf/Ace Hardware is getting ready to close in preparation of the new ramp. Employees don't know when the closure is happening, just that it'll be "any day". Everything in the Ace  Hardware portion of the store is 25% off.

I visited sometime late last year, no pics, but I got to see it at least!

 

 

1 hour ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

Not necessarily. The schematics I've seen for the project don't show the mainlanes being rebuilt. The mainlanes may be a mess in some places where they have to shift the traffic to make room for construction of the toll lanes. Once they're done with the project, most of those mainlanes will be restriped to their original condition or possibly given an asphalt overlay. 

I don't know, in Pearland they had the ramps all torn up and even started to take down part of the outside retaining wall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

FYI: The Gulf/Ace Hardware is getting ready to close in preparation of the new ramp. Employees don't know when the closure is happening, just that it'll be "any day". Everything in the Ace  Hardware portion of the store is 25% off.

Of course they would have a everything must go sale right after I bought hardware

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't want to sound like a concrete junkie, but those long concrete highway blocks are beautiful.  Drove on 610 & 288 this morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if they will be putting feeder road along 288 between 610 and the beltway? I see dirt being moved along the side of the freeway, but there is no clear indication from the renderings (drive288.com is seriously lacking imo). There is definitely enough room and would help with congestion I think. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/11/2018 at 2:22 AM, JLWM8609 said:

The new ramps from 610 EB to 288 NB and 610 WB to 288 SB will be opening up this weekend. https://abc13.com/traffic/major-milestone-new-hwy-288-ramps-to-open-at-south-loop/3921854/

 

Drove on the new ramp today. You can clearly see both the TMC and CBD skylines. Must be up really high!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

Drove on the new ramp today. You can clearly see both the TMC and CBD skylines. Must be up really high!

You can see the 610 ship channel bridge from the ramp from 610 EB to 288 NB. You couldn't see it before on the older ramp. These new ramps are pretty high, but since the interchange is a four level stack, the ramp is not as high as some of the ramps on the Beltway's five level stacks. I also like the geometrics of the new ramp. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, kennyc05 said:

Why didn't they keep the old interchange?

To accommodate the relocated mainlanes and add connections to and from the new toll lanes. They're also throwing in a direct connector to Almeda Rd.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, JLWM8609 said:

To accommodate the relocated mainlanes and add connections to and from the new toll lanes. They're also throwing in a direct connector to Almeda Rd.

Oh ok thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They're closing the trench in midtown this weekend, though no clues in the email for what

 

Quote

Friday, October 19 (9 pm) - Monday, October 22 (5 am)
- Complete continuous closure of IH-69 Southbound from IH-45 Gulf to SH-288
Detour: Proceed on SH-288 South to  IH-610 west and continue to IH- 69 north and south connectors.
- Complete continuous closure of IH-45 Northbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Proceed on IH-45 North to IH-610 IH-610 west/south to IH-69 north and south connector.
- Complete continuous closure of IH-45 Southbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Proceed on IH-45 South to IH-610 west to IH-69 north and south connector.
- Complete continuous closure of SH-288 Northbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Take IH-45 north connector and continue north to IH-10 west to IH-610 west loop south exit ramp. Continue on IH-610 south to IH-69 north and south connector

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got on 288 north from the South Loop.  As I climbed the ramp, was stunned at the skyline view. Has anyone photographed Houston from this angle? A restaurant or night club in a mid to highrise at this location would have a magnificent view of the Houston skyline.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of our drone operators needs to take a video from this angled height. It's remarkable because not only do you see downtown and the med center, but you also get Galleria/Uptown and Greenway Plaza in the view. It's an amazing angle and height for a better informed understanding of how Houston is slowly filling in from all directions.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The new in bound off ramp at Holcombe  for the med center on 288 that is under construction now is going to have a spectacular view of downtown. Since it's going over the freeway it has a nice elevation to give an  unencumbered view of downtown from the southeast and  a relatively clear shot. 

 

Edited by bobruss
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

https://abc13.com/traffic/new-ramps-and-southmore-bridge-opening-this-spring/5136050/

 

CONNECTOR RAMPS:

SH-288 SOUTHBOUND TO 610 EASTBOUND- Construction crews plan to open this ramp before the Rodeo Cookoff.

SH-288 NORTHBOUND TO 610 WESTBOUND- This ramp is scheduled to open by mid-March.

THE SOUTHMORE BRIDGE- The roadway bridge is expected to open in April, and the pedestrian bridge should open next year.

THE SOUTH LOOP AT SH-288- You'll soon see more lanes available. Right now, it's just two lanes in each direction, but by mid-to-late April, 610 will have three lanes each way.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, BeerNut said:

https://abc13.com/traffic/new-ramps-and-southmore-bridge-opening-this-spring/5136050/

 

CONNECTOR RAMPS:

SH-288 SOUTHBOUND TO 610 EASTBOUND- Construction crews plan to open this ramp before the Rodeo Cookoff.

SH-288 NORTHBOUND TO 610 WESTBOUND- This ramp is scheduled to open by mid-March.

THE SOUTHMORE BRIDGE- The roadway bridge is expected to open in April, and the pedestrian bridge should open next year.

THE SOUTH LOOP AT SH-288- You'll soon see more lanes available. Right now, it's just two lanes in each direction, but by mid-to-late April, 610 will have three lanes each way.

 

I didn't know they were constructing a pedestrian bridge. I never saw one in the schematics.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A sound barrier is going up at Ardmore and Tampa, and as of last week, they've started re-energizing some of the freeway lighting, with more sections being re-lit each night. Most of the lampposts have new LED lights, which I'm glad to see instead of removing the lampposts and slapping high mast lighting as they've done on almost every other freeway in town.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/1/2019 at 6:37 PM, BeerNut said:

Southmore Bridge design

5514ba1a-da1f-4985-ae8d-f4fa8b20b9e1.jpg

Wow! That's nice. Are there other angles of this rendering available? 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This looks incredible. I am not sure we could of asked for better.

 

I hope they do the green space just like they have it here or better. I always liked 288 because of the green. They removed all the trees for the project, and I really want some plantings to replace them.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I HATE Toll Roads. (Just in case I haven't mentioned that enough on this site.)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Like @ekdrm2d1 posted, they have the pillars up for the Southermore bridge, and they have been working on putting together the bridge since last week. They have been working at night though, like post 9pm, so I wasn't able to get a picture of them in action since I've always been on the feeder. They are about a third of the way through connecting the pillars with the bridge, seems like they are really getting after it. 

 

This would be a massive addition for both sides of that neighborhood. Currently, you have to walk across the skinny median on Binz if you want to cross in either direction. Also, there are a few newer stores on Southmore (like Cupcake Kitchen) that will probably appreciate the increased traffic. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Southmore bridge has the middle portion of the bridge linked from one side to the other side (car portion). They are working on installing the outer lanes of the bridge right now (walkway). They've also torn up half the feeder on both sides, taking away one of the two lanes, to install the support and started to bring in plants that they are trying to...plant. 

 

For now, it seems like they aren't forgetting that 288 has always had trees/plants along the highway.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know they are just forms for the concrete, but I like the wood look for the bridge

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The third lane on south loop westbound has been closed for over a year and a half. The Eastbound side of south loop has had all three lanes open over that same time frame. There is no reason for the westbound side to be limited to two lanes; there hasn't been any work going on over there in months. At this point I just assume that someone forgot to open that lane back up. Honestly, how much longer is that third westbound lane going to stay closed? It's getting ridiculous - 15 minutes of extra commute time, every single day of the week, for how many thousands of drivers? For a lane that doesn't need to be closed??

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Burt-Macklin said:

The third lane on south loop westbound has been closed for over a year and a half. The Eastbound side of south loop has had all three lanes open over that same time frame. There is no reason for the westbound side to be limited to two lanes; there hasn't been any work going on over there in months. At this point I just assume that someone forgot to open that lane back up. Honestly, how much longer is that third westbound lane going to stay closed? It's getting ridiculous - 15 minutes of extra commute time, every single day of the week, for how many thousands of drivers? For a lane that doesn't need to be closed??

 

Two questions.  (1) doesn't the South Loop have at least four lanes?  (2) in which segment of the South Loop have you found the third lane to be closed for more than a year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At the 288/610 interchange, there's currently 2 lanes westbound and 3 lanes eastbound.  According to Google streetview, it was 3 lanes each way back in 2015 before construction started.  

 

According to this presentation, the eventual configuration will be 4 lanes on both sides

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎2‎/‎2‎/‎2020 at 1:10 AM, Burt-Macklin said:

The third lane on south loop westbound has been closed for over a year and a half. The Eastbound side of south loop has had all three lanes open over that same time frame. There is no reason for the westbound side to be limited to two lanes; there hasn't been any work going on over there in months. At this point I just assume that someone forgot to open that lane back up. Honestly, how much longer is that third westbound lane going to stay closed? It's getting ridiculous - 15 minutes of extra commute time, every single day of the week, for how many thousands of drivers? For a lane that doesn't need to be closed??

 

It doesn't even seem like they've started building the new westbound span of 610. I don't know how this project is going to be done in 3/4 of a year like the last projection I saw (3rd quarter 2020). Or is 3rd quarter only when the 288 stuff is going to be finished... meaning that the 610 work is even later?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
59 minutes ago, DNAguy said:

 

It doesn't even seem like they've started building the new westbound span of 610. I don't know how this project is going to be done in 3/4 of a year like the last projection I saw (3rd quarter 2020). Or is 3rd quarter only when the 288 stuff is going to be finished... meaning that the 610 work is even later?

 

I'm at the point where I'm wondering if they checks just haven't cleared the GC's because they have the hallmarks of the type of projects I've been around where funding comes in spurts. Then when funding does come, they throw everyone at it as fast as they can generating unneeded overtime bills. You'll see people working late night/overtime and then nothing for a month in good weather. Lol, and people think i-45 is going to be done in 5 years or whatever. 

 

The crazy part is that decent portions of 288 has been done for a while, they just can't tie everything together. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, X.R. said:

 

I'm at the point where I'm wondering if they checks just haven't cleared the GC's because they have the hallmarks of the type of projects I've been around where funding comes in spurts. Then when funding does come, they throw everyone at it as fast as they can generating unneeded overtime bills. You'll see people working late night/overtime and then nothing for a month in good weather. Lol, and people think i-45 is going to be done in 5 years or whatever. 

 

The crazy part is that decent portions of 288 has been done for a while, they just can't tie everything together. 

 

This is a problem with Low-Bid instead of going with "best-bid". The government is mandated to go with the lowest bid, but that doesn't always mean that its the best contractor for the job, and road jobs tend to attract some of the worst because many think of these jobs as one big piggy bank that they can just keep punching, and they will elongate their schedules, so they can keep the dough coming (which is opposite for a private job where time is money). This of course happens in the private sector, but you can only get so far, and word in this industry travels fast. They just get lazy on these kinds of jobs after awhile, and don't allocate or spend resources properly, or at least worst than the private sector. I'm wondering if the same thing happened on the 290 job because at one point the Contractor just sat on his butt for months refusing to do work, and then they had to rebid the job. If you want to see a real joke of a road job then take a trip on Richmond which was redone in patches and in the most illogical way and time consuming a way as possible, and to throw the cherry on the  s h i t  sundae it also looks terrible as well.

Edited by Luminare
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Luminare said:

 

This is a problem with Low-Bid instead of going with "best-bid". The government is mandated to go with the lowest bid, but that doesn't always mean that its the best contractor for the job, and road jobs tend to attract some of the worst because many think of these jobs as one big piggy bank that they can just keep punching, and they will elongate their schedules, so they can keep the dough coming (which is opposite for a private job where time is money). This of course happens in the private sector, but you can only get so far, and word in this industry travels fast. They just get lazy on these kinds of jobs after awhile, and don't allocate or spend resources properly, or at least worst than the private sector. I'm wondering if the same thing happened on the 290 job because at one point the Contractor just sat on his butt for months refusing to do work, and then they had to rebid the job. If you want to see a real joke of a road job then take a trip on Richmond which was redone in patches and in the most illogical way and time consuming a way as possible, and to throw the cherry on the  s h i t  sundae it also looks terrible as well.

 

FWIW, the 288 tollway project is not being built by the government.  It's being designed, built and operated by a private company.

 

Agree wholeheartedly with the comments on the Richmond work.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Every time I ride that connector I think about how they could have been making money on that portion of 288 for the past year, since that technically is the toll portion. But they are so seemingly unorganized I'm sure they haven't met some percentage-of-roadwork-finished criteria to trigger their ability to turn on the EZ tag scanners that have already been partially installed (according to a friend on the construction crews). 

 

My favorite thing is that its clear they are also simultaneously supposed to be landscaping those green spaces since you can see they have started to break up some concrete and in some areas plant some plants but even that is done in splotches and not in sync the road construction. What a weird mess. 

Edited by X.R.
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...