TxDOT Says Improved Roads Are Coming To Texas
Governor Abbott & TxDOT today announced a record $85 Billion 10-Year Transportation Plan for the Texas Dept of Transportation.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the adoption of the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) 2023 Unified Transportation Program (UTP), advancing a record $85 billion, 10-year statewide roadway construction plan. The 2023 UTP reflects an unprecedented level of projected transportation funding dedicated to improving transportation safety, addressing congestion and rural connectivity, and preserving roadways for Texas drivers.
Today, Governor Abbott said....."The State of Texas is working to ensure the transportation needs of our fast-growing state are met and that the safety of Texans on the roadways is protected. TxDOT's 2023 Unified Transportation Program is a critical step toward addressing the diverse needs of Texans in rural, urban, and metropolitan communities. This 10-year plan to address transportation needs statewide and dedicate $85 billion to improve roadways will be a huge boon to our state's infrastructure and booming economy. As more people move to Texas and businesses grow across the State, we are working together to make sure Texans' transportation safety and mobility are secured and businesses can flourish for generations to come."
The UTP funds will coincide with an additional $32 billion over the life of the program for routine maintenance contracts and project development, such as planning, professional engineering, and right-of-way acquisition for more than 7,000 transportation projects and a total investment of $117 billion statewide.
TxDOT Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr stated......“The UTP reflects a continued focus on improving transportation safety as the top priority, maintaining our current system, addressing traffic congestion, and improving statewide connectivity over the next decade. Additionally, we are making significant progress in addressing congestion in our busiest parts of the state through our Texas Clear Lanes initiative, which improves top chokepoints in our largest metro areas.”
Many projects in the UTP plan are roadway segments identified on Texas' 100 Most Congested Roadways list and critical connectivity corridors. The projects will be funded through legislative and voter-approved initiatives that allocate portions of oil and gas taxes, sales taxes, and other money to the state highway fund.
TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams added.....“Texas’ rapid growth reinforces the importance of investing in transportation to efficiently move both people and freight across our diverse state. TxDOT is working hard to not only build the new roads and transportation capacity Texas needs, but to maintain the more than 80,000 miles of roads and other transportation infrastructure under our care.“
Major initiatives in the San Angelo District include continued heavy rehabilitation and safety improvements to vital Energy Sector corridors in Glasscock, Reagan and Crockett Counties. Notably, projects are underway to construct a grade separated interchange at the intersection of SH 158 and SH 137 in Glasscock County, along with the full-depth rehabilitation of SH 137 from that location south into Reagan County. In addition, the San Angelo District is advancing the development of Super 2 passing lane projects on US 277, US 83. The US 277 Super 2 projects in Sutton and Edwards County continue the evolution of the Ports-to-Plains corridor.
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