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State transportation leaders meet booming growth with funding, construction

Posted Dec. 20, 2018

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As the population and economy of Texas continue to boom, state transportation leaders have taken unprecedented steps to address the challenges of congestion, roadway safety, connectivity and the preservation of existing roads.

In 2015, the Texas Transportation Commission and the Texas Department of Transportation established the Texas Clear Lanes initiative, which has led to significant improvement in the quality of life for millions of Texas drivers.

“Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas voters made it very clear that congestion relief around the state is a key priority to meeting the demands of our rapidly growing population and booming economy,” said Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg Jr. “In our efforts to execute on that Texas voter mandate, we directed more than $24 billion toward congestion in our major metropolitan areas as part of the approved $75.4 billion Unified Transportation Program over the next 10 years.”

Additionally, since 2015, more than 1,300 lane miles have been added to state roads and more than 2,600 non-tolled road projects worth $11 billion have been completed.

Other highlights:

  • A historic $3 billion worth of road project contracts approved during June, July and August of 2018.
  • Nearly $8 billion in approved road contracts for fiscal year 2018.

On average, Texas is growing by about 1,100 people each day. To meet this growth, Texas Clear Lanes addresses congestion in the Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin areas, which are home to 65 percent of the state’s population and 92 of Texas’ Top 100 congested roads.

Of the approximately 30 identified Texas Clear Lanes projects, two have been completed and 16 are under construction. Some of those address traffic in the top 20 chokepoints around the state. Others are included in the 10-year plan.

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