by Alvin New
The Texas Division of Transportation is making a historic funding in the way forward for our quickly rising state.
Throughout our August Texas Transportation Fee assembly, we accepted TxDOT’s 10-year transportation program that features greater than $85 billion devoted to enhancing security, addressing congestion and connectivity, and preserving roadways for Texas drivers .
Our state covers an space of over 266,000 sq. miles and Texas provides 1,000 new folks to the inhabitants day-after-day. Texas has grown by over 310,000 from July 2020 to July 2021, based on current census estimates, and we’re quickly approaching a inhabitants of 30 million.
TxDOT has deliberate for, and can proceed to plan for, this improvement and shall be instrumental in offering the mandatory infrastructure to assist transfer folks and merchandise. That is the place our Unified Transportation Program or UTP is available in.
Since our mission at TxDOT is “connecting you to Texas,” we’re working onerous to verify each space of the state stays related. That is why we’re dedicating over $12.2 billion For statewide connectivity initiatives to improve interstate and different main rural highways via 2023 UTPs within the subsequent 10 years.
Since fiscal yr 2015, we’ve got accomplished greater than 258 rural connectivity initiatives – an funding of $7.7 billion. And we’ve got 120 different initiatives — $7 billion price — at the moment below development.
In truth, we plan to speculate almost $14 billion at a historic degree in our rural areas over the subsequent 10 years via our 2023 UTP. This represents a 600% improve in deliberate rural funding in comparison with deliberate funding simply seven years in the past. This demonstrates TxDOT’s dedication to constructing and sustaining a protected and environment friendly transportation system, not solely in our most populous areas, but additionally in rural areas which are important to our state’s financial success.
This UTP additionally motivates us to work within the vitality producing areas of the state. Roads in our vitality sector are bearing the brunt of the financial progress of that business. That is why we’re dedicating $2.5 billion to handle particular roadways impacted by site visitors in 5 energy-producing areas.
With this historic funding, we’re displaying our dedication to connecting each area and each Texan with the folks and locations that matter most.
Alvin is the commissioner of the New Texas Transportation Fee.