Aug 22, 2023 - Transit

Texas commits billions to improve roads and public transit

Interstate 30 gives drivers the best view of downtown Dallas. Photo: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Texas plans to spend $142 billion on its transportation infrastructure as part of a long-term effort to improve safety and connectivity and reduce congestion on its roadways.

Driving the news: Gov. Greg Abbott's office announced the record funding last week, saying the state's "booming economy" made it possible.

Why it matters: North Texas always seems to have road construction underway to accommodate its fast-growing population. That won't be changing anytime soon.

Details: Abbott's funding will allow the Texas Department of Transportation to move forward with its 2024 Unified Transportation Program.

  • The 10-year, $100 billion plan includes improvements to highways, public transportation, rail and freight.
  • Projects include widening roads to mitigate congestion, repairing state highways, rehabilitating bridges and offering more infrastructure for non-drivers to improve air quality and reduce car traffic.

Zoom in: More than $11.5 billion has been earmarked for DFW roadways, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

  • When completed, the Interstate 30 Canyon project through downtown Dallas will widen I-30's main lanes between I-35E and I-45 to address bottlenecks. TxDOT says that's the 11th most congested road in the state.
  • At the border of Dallas and Rockwall counties, TxDOT will widen I-30 and add continuous frontage roads across Lake Ray Hubbard because the current road can't handle the area's growing population.
  • Millions of dollars have been allocated ford US 380 in Collin County and US 80 in Kaufman County.

Reality check: It will take many years for the projects to be completed, even with some construction already underway.


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