Houston, TX — The Texas Department of Transportation on August 30 approved the 2023 Unified Transportation Program with an investment of $85 billion over 10 years to improve Texas roads. Of that amount, $12 billion was allocated to the District of Houston, where reducing congestion is a top priority.
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In the Katy region, there are four projects totaling $510.7 million. All are expected to begin in fiscal year 2023 and end in 2026.
Governor Greg Abbott commented on the unprecedented amount of funding being directed to transportation safety, tackling congestion and rural connectivity, and preserving roads for Texas drivers in a press release. He said UTP 2023 is a critical step in reaching out to rural, urban and metropolitan communities in Texas and a “huge boon to our state’s booming infrastructure and economy.”
“As more people move to Texas and businesses expand across the state, we’re working together to make sure the transportation safety and mobility of Texans is secure and businesses can thrive for people. generations to come,” Abbott said.
The most expensive local project is a $292.72 million widening of I-10 in Brookshire, starting at FM 359 and ending at the Waller County-Fort Bend County line. This project received a funding adjustment of an additional $44.75 million, according to UTP documents.
The other three area projects have seen no change in funding this year, as per the PTU 2023 documents.
These include a two-part widening of I-10. Part runs west of Snake Creek to the Fort Bend County-Harris County line and will cost $128.23 million. The other part is between the Fort Bend county line and Mason Road and will cost $11.75 million.
Funding categories for both portions of I-10 expansion projects also come, in part, from statewide connectivity corridor projects and strategic priorities.
Finally, UTP 2023 will provide $78 million for another I-10 widening project, but with this project beginning at the Waller County-Fort Bend County line and ending west of Snake Creek. J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, which is TxDOT’s board of directors, said in 2023 UTP filings that this year’s new funding record is due to Texas’ vital role in as a transport chain for global trade. However, as funding levels change, this does not guarantee that all proposed projects will be built, he wrote.
“This forward-looking program ensures TxDOT is ready to meet future demand and maximize taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars spent on transportation,” Bugg said.
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