Making a historic investment in Texas communities

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is making a historic investment in the future of our fast-growing state. At our August Texas Transportation Commission meeting, we approved TxDOT’s 10-year transportation program, which includes more than $85 billion dedicated to improving safety, addressing congestion and connectivity, and keeping the roads safe for Texas drivers.

Alvin New

Our state covers more than 266,000 square miles, and 1,000 new people are added to Texas’ population every day.[1] According to the latest census estimates, Texas grew by more than 310,000 from July 2020 to July 2021, and we are fast approaching a population of 30 million.

TxDOT has planned and will continue to plan for this growth and will play a critical role in providing the necessary infrastructure to help move people and products. That’s where our Unified Transportation Program, or UTP, comes in.

Because our mission at TxDOT is to “connect you to Texas,” we work hard to ensure that every region of the state stays connected. That’s why we’re committing more than $12.2 billion to connectivity projects across the country to upgrade Interstates and other major rural highways over the next 10 years through UTP 2023.[2]

Since fiscal year 2015, we have completed more than 258 rural connectivity projects — an investment of $7.7 billion. We have another 120 projects – worth $7 billion – currently under construction.[3]

In fact, we plan to invest a historic level of approximately $14 billion in our rural areas over the next 10 years through our 2023 UTP. This represents a 600% increase in planned funding for rural areas compared to planned funding just seven years ago. It demonstrates TxDOT’s commitment to building and maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system, not only in our most populated areas, but also in those rural areas that are so vital to our state’s economic success.

This NTP also makes us work in the energy producing areas of the state. Roads in our energy sector bear the brunt of this industry’s economic boost to the state in wear and tear. That’s why we’re committing $2.5 billion to address specific roads affected by traffic in five energy-producing regions.

With this historic investment, we are demonstrating our commitment to connecting every region and every Texan to the people and places that matter most.

[1] “1,000 new people arrive in Texas every day. Half are newborns. New York Times, December 26, 2021: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/26/us/texas-newborns-birthrate.html

[2] The 2023 UTP Story Reviewed by Mildred Litchfield, TPP on 06/28/22.

[3] Rural information provided by TPP on 7-13-22

Editor’s note: The above guest column was written by Alvin New, a commissioner with the Texas Transportation Commission. The above guest column appears on The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service with the author’s permission. The new one can be reached by email via: [email protected].


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