RFPs issued to Texas SH288 P3 finalists

The Texas Department of Transportation has called for the three finalists to submit proposals for the 10.3-mile SH 288 Toll Lanes project.

The Department of Transportation in Texas (TxDOT) has issued Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to the three shortlisted teams for the state’s SH 288 Toll Lanes project, according to a statement.

The three finalists, Mobility Alliance, Bluebridge Transportation Group, and SH 288 Mobility Partners, are expected to send in proposals for the development, design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of tolled lanes, general purpose lanes, and associated facilities along SH 288 from US 59 to the Harris County line at Clear Creek in Harris County, the statement said.

Partners in Mobility Alliance are OHL Concesiones and Macquarie Capital Group, while Bluebridge Transportation Group includes ACS Servicios y Concesiones, Shikin & Binui, and InfraRed Capital Partners. SH 288 Mobility Partners includes Cintra Infraestructuras.

The three teams were selected as the finalists by the TxDOT in September last year.

The 10.3-mile project is expected to be completed in two phases – the initial phase and the ultimate phase, according to the TxDOT website.

The initial phase includes the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of four tolled lanes within the median of SH 288 from US 59 to the Harris County line at Clear Creek; the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of up to eight direct connectors at Beltway 8; and the maintenance and operation of the general purpose lanes and associated facilities along the 10.3-mile section of SH 288.

As part of the initial phase, TxDOT may include in the project the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of a two-lane two-way connector providing access from SH 288 tolled lanes to the Texas Medical Center connector.

The ultimate phase includes the addition of one general purpose lane in each direction from Interstate Highway (IH) 610 to Beltway 8 as well as improvements to the IH 610 interchange.