AUSTIN – The Texas Transportation Commission approved
TxDOT’s 10-year transportation plan that includes more than $77 billion
dedicated to improving safety, addressing congestion and connectivity,
and preserving roadways for Texas drivers.
The 10-year plan, called the 2020 Unified Transportation Program
(UTP), contains more than $4 billion for safety improvements, including
an extra $600 million for the next two years to help accelerate even
more safety measures in an effort to reduce crashes and eliminate
fatalities from our roadways by 2050. Many of these improvements will
widen roads; improve median barriers and bridges; upgrade guardrails;
provide intersection improvements, such as upgraded traffic signals and
signage; and make safety improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
More than $600 million committed to fund transportation improvements
in the state’s bustling Permian Basin energy sector is included in the
plan to add to other funding in the energy sector. Projects focus on
safety, connectivity, congestion relief, as well improving mobility at
high-volume intersections. Funding also will pay for pavement
strengthening for roadways with high truck volumes and weights.
“TxDOT is committed to reducing congestion and improving mobility and
safety in Texas as evidenced by the agency’s largest 10-year plan to
date,” said J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. Commission Chairman. “Additionally, we
keep making progress in addressing congestion in our busiest parts of
the state through our Texas Clear Lanes initiative, which addresses congestion in top chokepoints in our largest metro areas.”
Many of the projects in this plan are roadway segments identified on Texas’ 100 Most Congested Roadways
list. The projects will be delivered with funding from legislative and
voter-approved initiatives that allocate portions of oil and gas taxes,
sales taxes and other money to the state highway fund.
Projects are selected based on how effective the projects are in
addressing areas such as pavement condition, safety, capacity and rural
connectivity. Projects are chosen collaboratively by TxDOT and local
transportation leaders with ultimate approval by the Texas
Transportation Commission with input from the public. The UTP authorizes
highway projects for planning activities, development and construction.
In addition to highway projects, the UTP address public transportation,
maritime, aviation and rail.