Transportation Commission Approves Additional Proposition 1 Projects
AUSTIN, TX Continuing to use Proposition 1 funding for the improved safety, mobility and connectivity of the state, the Texas Transportation Commission approved 15 more projects totaling more than $239 million worth of roadway construction, rehabilitation and restoration. To date, commissioners have now approved final contract awards on 75 of the 200 planned Proposition 1 projects across the state.
"The Commission and TxDOT continue to deliver needed transportation projects that will greatly benefit Texas drivers and the state's economy," said (TxDOT) Executive Director (Ret). "The message from community leaders and local planning organizations, as well as the message sent by voters when they approved Proposition 1 last November, is that transportation concerns must be addressed in a manner that is both efficient and effective. Our efforts continue to prove we hear and understand that message."
Specific projects awarded include roadway repair along U.S. 287 in Hardeman and Childress counties, construction of an interchange on U.S. 62 in Lubbock and construction of freeway ramps in Brazos County.
Proposition 1, which dedicates a portion of oil and gas tax revenue to the state highway fund, was approved last November by Texas voters. The 200 planned Proposition 1 projects will result in more than 800 miles of rehabilitated highways; nearly 500 miles of new highway lanes; 114 bridges replaced, widened or rehabilitated; and an additional 159 miles of passing lanes on rural highways. Metropolitan Planning Organizations and TxDOT districts worked together and with the public to formulate the list of projects.
Many TxDOT districts plan to use maintenance funds to repair or rehabilitate highways affected by production in energy sectors. These funds, along with Proposition 1 funds specifically allocated for energy sector needs, will allow projects in impacted areas to receive nearly 30 percent of total 2015 Proposition 1 funding.
In addition to addressing congestion, Proposition 1 funding also addresses safety. Over the past five years, there were 248 fatalities and more than 23,000 crashes on the highway segments where these Proposition 1 funded projects are located. The work planned in these areas is designed to enhance safety for drivers and reduce the number of crashes, fatalities and injuries.