Texas State Highway 288

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State Highway 288 marker

State Highway 288
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 61.03 mi[1] (98.22 km)
Existed: 1939 – present
Major junctions
South end: FM 1495 in Freeport
  Sam Houston Tollway / Beltway 8
I-610 in Houston
US 59 in Houston
North end: I-45 in Houston
Location
Counties: Brazoria, Harris
Highway system
SH 287 SH 289

State Highway 288, or SH 288, is a north–south highway in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Texas, between I-45 in downtown Houston and Freeport, where it terminates on FM 1495. The route was originally designated by 1939, replacing the southern portion of SH 19.

Route description[edit]

In Harris County, SH 288 is the South Freeway, a divided freeway known for having one of the widest medians of the local road system. It begins as freeway status from its northern terminus at U.S. Route 59 (future Interstate 69) just south of downtown southward through south Houston. It reaches an intersection with I-610 and continues south through newer subdivisions. It reaches an intersection with State Highway 6, after which it loses its freeway status. From the Harris-Brazoria County Line to Freeport, it is referred to as the Nolan Ryan Expressway, in recognition of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan who grew up in Alvin, Texas, which is not directly on this road. North of Angleton, the route returns to freeway status passing west of Angleton, near the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, and around the southwestern side of Lake Jackson. It then turns southward toward Freeport. In Freeport, it is known as Brazosport Boulevard. It reaches its southern terminus at State Highway 36 on the southwest side of town.

Proposed Toll Road[edit]

To help alleviate congestion on SH 288, HCTRA plans to construct toll lanes in the median of the existing freeway in the Greater Houston area. The route will begin at US 59 (future I-69) just south of Midtown and terminate at the intersection of the proposed Grand Parkway (SH 99) for a total length of 26 miles (41.8 km). BCTRA is to take on the part in Brazoria County. The entire length of the project will have 4 lanes with interchanges at IH-610 and at Beltway 8. Construction is estimated to begin in the summer of 2015.[2]

History[edit]

State Highway 288 was designated in 1939 as the renumbering of the portion of State Highway 19 south of downtown Houston. The original routing ran southward along Almeda Avenue in Houston. The route traveled southward through Fresno, past the Houston Southwest Airport, before reaching Bonney. This entire portion of the route was transferred to Farm to Market Road 521 in 1983.[3] The route then traveled southeast through downtown Angleton, continuing southeast before reaching Freeport. This original section is now part of County Road 543 and Farm to Market Road 523. SH 288 was redirected southward from Angleton when the city of Clute became more populated, then continued southward to a new intersection with State Highway 36 west of Freeport. The entire remaining section from FM 521 north of Angleton to Clute was transferred first to Texas State Highway 227 in 1987, and later Business Highway 288 when the bypass around the western side of Lake Jackson opened. The section from Clute south to Freeport remains from the original redirection.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Brazoria Freeport FM 1495 – Surfside Beach, Quintana County Park, Quintana Beach, Bryan Beach, Port Freeport, Brazos Harbor south end of SH 36 overlap
SH 36 north – Jones Creek, West Columbia interchange; north end of SH 36 overlap
FM 523 north – Surfside
 
Bus. SH 288 north / SH 332 east – Clute Business District, Angleton, Surfside
interchange; south end of freeway; south end of SH 332 overlap
Clute Main Street / Contractor Road / Copper Road
Dixie Drive
Lake Jackson Plantation Drive
Oak Drive / Veterans Memorial Parkway / This Way / West Way
SH 332 west (Oyster Creek Drive) / Abner Jackson Parkway / This Way north end of SH 332 overlap
FM 2004 – Richwood interchange; north end of freeway
Angleton CR 220 – Brazoria Airport interchange; south end of freeway
CR 290 southbound exit and northbound entrance
SH 35 – Angleton, West Columbia, Bay City
CR 44
FM 523 – Alvin, Angleton
  CR 45 at-grade intersection; north end of freeway
 
Bus. SH 288 to FM 521 – Rosharon, Angleton
interchange
  CR 48 at-grade intersection
  CR 51 at-grade intersection
  FM 1462 – Rosharon, Alvin interchange
  CR 60 to CR 62 – Iowa Colony at-grade intersection
  CR 61 / CR 62 / CR 63 at-grade intersection
Iowa Colony CR 64 at-grade intersection
  CR 56 at-grade intersection
Iowa Colony CR 57 west at-grade intersection
CR 57 east at-grade intersection
CR 48 – Iowa Colony right-in/right-out intersections
Manvel SH 6 – Alvin, Sugar Land interchange
CR 58 interchange; south end of freeway
  CR 101 (Bailey Road)
Pearland CR 59 (Southfork Drive)
FM 518 – Pearland
FM 2234 (Shadow Creek Parkway) / Mc Hard Road
Harris Beltway 8 / Sam Houston Tollway
Houston Almeda-Genoa Road
West Orem Drive
Airport Boulevard
Reed Road
Bellfort Avenue
I-610
Holly Hall southbound exit and northbound entrance

Alt. US 90 (Old Spanish Trail) / Yellowstone Boulevard / Holcombe Boulevard
South MacGregor Way / North MacGregor Way - Texas Medical Center
Binz Street / Calumet Street southbound exit is via Southmore Boulevard exit
Southmore Boulevard / Blodgett Street
US 59 – Cleveland, Victoria no access from SH 288 south to US 59 north or US 59 south to SH 288 north
Elgin Avenue / Tuam Avenue northbound exit and southbound entrance
Chenevert Street northbound exit and southbound entrance
I-45 – Dallas, Galveston, IAH Airport, Hobby Airport northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 288". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 521". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.