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
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]


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 Destinations Notes
Brazoria Freeport 0.0 FM 1495 South end of SH 36 overlap
1.9 SH 36 north – Jones Creek, Brazoria, West Columbia Folded cloverleaf interchange; North end of SH 36 overlap;
3.1 FM 523 north – Surfside Beach
Nolan Ryan Expressway
5.5 Frontage Road Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Freeway Begins
5.6 SH 332 east – Surfside Beach

Bus. SH 288 north – Angleton / Clute - Central Business District
Partial cloverleaf interchange; south end of SH 332 overlap
6.5 Frontage Road / South Shanks Street (unsigned) Interchange; northbound exit only
7.1 Main Street / Contractor Road / Copper Road Interchange
8.1 Dixie Drive Interchange
Lake Jackson 9.3 Plantation Drive Interchange
10.6 Oak Drive / Veterans Memorial Parkway Interchange, northbound exit for This Way and West Way
11.6 SH 332 west / Oyster Creek Drive Interchange; north end of SH 332 overlap, southbound exit for This Way / Abner Jackson Parkway
12.4 FM 2004 – Richwood Interchange
Angleton 17.4 County Road 220 Interchange
18.6 County Road 290 Interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
19.6 SH 35 – Angleton, West Columbia, Bay City Interchange
21.2 County Road 44 Interchange; southbound exit is via FM 523 exit
21.9 FM 523 – Angleton, Alvin Interchange
Freeway Ends
25.6 County Road 45
FM 521 / Bus. SH 288 – Rosharon, Angleton
28.4 County Road 48 South
30.8 County Road 51 - Bonney
33.1 FM 1462 – Rosharon, Alvin Interchange
Iowa Colony 35.1 County Road 60 – Iowa Colony Northbound frontage road access to County Road 62
37.1 County Road 61 - 63 Via Northbound and Southbound frontage road access
38.2 County Road 64
39.1 County Road 56 Via Northbound and Southbound frontage road access
40.2 County Road 57 West
40.3 County Road 57 East
41.2 County Road 48 North - Iowa Colony
Manvel Freeway Begins
42.5 SH 6 – Alvin, Sugar Land Interchange
43.9 Rodeo Palms Parkway Southbound entrance and exit access only
44.9 County Road 58 Interchange
Pearland 45.8 County Road 101 / Bailey Road Interchange
46.8 County Road 59 / Southfork Drive Interchange
47.8 FM 518 – Pearland Interchange
49.4 FM 2234 / Shadow Creek Parkway / McHard Road Interchange
South Freeway
Harris Houston 50.7 Sam Houston Tollway / Beltway 8 Interchange
51.8 Almeda-Genoa Road Interchange
52.8 Orem Drive Interchange
53.9 Airport Boulevard Interchange
54.9 Reed Road Interchange
55.6 Bellfort Avenue Interchange
56.6 I‑610 Interchange
57.0 Holly Hall Drive Interchange; Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Alt. US 90 / Yellowstone Boulevard / Holcombe Boulevard / Old Spanish Trail
58.8 South MacGregor Way / North MacGregor Way – Texas Medical Center Interchange
59.1 Binz Street, Calumet Street Interchange; Southbound exit is via the Southmore Street exit
59.5 Southmore Street, Blodgett Street Interchange
60.1 US 59 south – Victoria Interchange, Future I-69
60.4 US 59 north – Cleveland Interchange; Northbound exit and southbound entrance, Future I-69
60.5 Elgin Avenue, Tuam Avenue Interchange; Northbound exit and southbound entrance
60.5 Chenevert Street Interchange; Northbound exit and southbound entrance
61.3 I‑45 – Galveston, Dallas Interchange; Northbound exit and southbound entrance


  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.