Texas Gov. Announces Infrastructure Improvements

Aug. 18, 2023
$100 million will fund the 10-year state roadway plan.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced $142 billion in funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure, including $100 billion designated for the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) 10-year state roadways plan.

TxDOT’s 10-year state roadways construction plan, or the 2024 Unified Transportation Program (UTP), incorporated more than $6 billion for the greater Austin area.

Some projects slated for the Austin District are as follows:

  • $4,500,000 billion for the I-35 Capital Express Central project, running from U.S. Hwy. 290 East to SH 71 and Ben White Boulevard
  • $383,600,000 million dedicated to U.S. Hwy. 281 to between U.S. Hwy. 290 and the Comal County line
  • $105,200,000 million to remove signals and construct overpasses along SH 71 at Tucker Hill Lane and Pope Bend Road
  • $43,900,000 million to remove signals and create an overpass on SH 71 at FM 1209
  • $81,800,000 million to widen and realign FM 812 from U.S. Hwy. 183 to SH 21
  • $80 million to add intersection improvements at U.S. Hwy. 281 and SH 71
  • $31,200,000 million to extend frontage roads along SH 71, running from Riverside Drive to U.S. Hwy. 183
  • $32 million for intelligent transportation systems along I-35
  • $164,500,000 million to widen RM 620 South and create a six-lane divided highway
  • $61,300,000 million to widen U.S. Hwy. 79 from I-35 to east of FM 1460

“This historic investment in our transportation system is critically important to help meet the needs of our fast-growing state,” Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. said in a press release.

Gov. Abbott said the plan will help improve economic opportunities for communities throughout Texas.

“Through this record transportation investment project, the State of Texas will further improve roadway congestion and safety to meet the growing needs of Texans in our large metros, rural communities, and everywhere in between,” Abbott said, in the release. “This plan will not only connect Texans from every corner of our state, it will also bolster our economic growth and ensure Texans and businesses continue to thrive for generations to come.”

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Source: KXAN Austin