$85 billion transportation plan includes local projects
A recently passed $85 billion transportation plan includes nearly $2.1 billion in projects focused on the US 69 and US 96 corridors, as well as the widening of US 90 and the Interstate North Interchange 10/US 69.
Governor Greg Abbott announced on August 30 the adoption of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) 2023 Unified Transportation Program (UTP), advancing a record-breaking $85 billion, 10-year road building plan throughout the state. UTP 2023 reflects an unprecedented level of planned transportation funding dedicated to improving transportation safety, addressing congestion and rural connectivity, and preserving roads for Texas drivers.
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 7,000 transportation projects and a total investment of $117. billion statewide.
Many UTP Plan projects are road segments identified on the list of Texas’ 100 Busiest Roads and Critical Connectivity Corridors.
The projects will be funded through legislative initiatives and approved by voters who allocate portions of oil and gas taxes, sales taxes and other funds to the state highway fund. These initiatives have increased the UTP by more than $50 billion over a 10-year period, with $34.3 billion of projects approved in the 2014 UTP as of August 2013. Rural parts of the state supporting critical industries of energy and agriculture, the approved plan includes a historic increase in funding to $14 billion for projects in rural areas.
The PTU includes nearly $2.1 billion in projects for the Beaumont District, with the bulk of the projects focusing on the US 69 and US 96 corridors. These projects will facilitate the movement of goods, as well as hurricane evacuation . The plan also lists expansion plans for US 90, which serves as an alternate route for those traveling between Beaumont and Houston. Another monumental project listed is the Interstate 10/US 69 North Interchange Project. This is one of two projects that will expand and completely rebuild Beaumont’s two largest interchanges.
The planned average annual investment of $8.5 billion in UTP over the next 10 years is expected to yield about $15.5 billion annually in economic benefits, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. These benefits are the result of increased labor income and business output, as well as the addition of 58,500 direct and indirect jobs.
The PTU is an urban planning document that authorizes motorway development and construction projects. In addition, the UTP identifies investments in public, maritime, air and rail transport. Projects are selected by TxDOT and local transportation officials based on their effectiveness in meeting criteria such as safety, pavement conditions, capacity and rural connectivity, with opportunities for public input at national levels and locally.
Abbott said the state is working to ensure the fast-growing state’s transportation needs are met and the safety of Texans on the roads is protected.
“TxDOT’s 2023 Unified Transportation Program is a critical step in meeting the diverse needs of Texans in rural, urban and metropolitan communities,” Abbott said. “This 10-year plan to meet statewide transportation needs and spend $85 billion on road improvements will be a huge boon to our state’s growing infrastructure and economy.” As more people move to Texas and businesses expand across the state, we’re working together to make sure Texans’ transportation safety and mobility are secure and businesses can thrive for generations. coming.
TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams said the state’s rapid growth reinforces the importance of investing in transportation to efficiently move people and goods across our diverse state.
“TxDOT is working hard not only to build the new roads and transportation capacity Texas needs, but also to maintain the more than 80,000 miles of roads and other transportation infrastructure that we care for,” Williams said.