Nov 17, 2021 - News

Infrastructure bill to bring $35 billion to Texas

Illustration of the state of Texas behind scaffolding.

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Texas is set to receive $35 billion for bridges, roads and public transit improvement from the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law this week.

Why it matters: Texas infrastructure "has suffered from a systemic lack of investment," according to a White House report. The state received a C- from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Details: Most of the state’s money will go toward road and bridge construction and improvement.

  • Commute times in Texas have increased by more than 11% since 2011, and each year drivers pay about $700 to driving on roads in need of repair.

By the numbers: Texas’ allotment over the next five years, according to the White House report:

  • $26.9 billion for highways and $537 million for bridges.
    • More than 19,400 miles of Texas highways and 818 bridges are in poor condition.
  • $3.3 billion to improve public transit.
  • $2.9 billion to improve drinking water.
    • "Clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities," the report says.
  • $1.2 billion for airport development.
  • $408 million to expand Texas’ electric car charging network.
    • Texas can also apply for $2.5 billion in grants for the effort.
  • $100 million for broadband coverage.
    • More than 1 million Texans currently lack access.
  • $53 million to protect against wildfires.
  • $42 million to defend against cyber attacks.

Of note: One of the goals of the bill is to increase "climate resiliency.”

  • Texas has seen 67 extreme weather events in the past decade, costing the state as much as $200 billion, the White House report says.

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