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TxDOT plans to leverage some $2 billion for road projects

A primarily formula based-allocation process will be used to distribute these funds so that TxDOT and others can collectively determine what projects to advance.

The Trucker News Services

2/24/2012

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation said Thursday it is planning on leveraging as much as an additional $2 billion over the next two years to facilitate construction on some of the states' high priority projects.

The additional funding comes from more efficient and effective ways of managing tax dollars and an anticipation of future federal funding, TxDOT said in a news release.

 After an intensive several month effort of scrubbing project budgets, analyzing federal funding opportunities, and embracing best practices in money management, the agency estimates it can bring online approximately $2 billion in additional projects, according to Executive Phil Wilson.

"This additional one-time funding provides great opportunity to accelerate some of the state's most critical projects," Wilson said."We must ensure these dollars are put to the best use throughout Texas."

The TxDOT team has been directed to work directly with the state's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO's), local communities and the Texas Transportation Commission to see that priorities are met and determine how to pay for them.

A primarily formula based-allocation process will be used to distribute these funds so that TxDOT and others can collectively determine what projects to advance.

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Additionally, there will be a clear and understandable process for using this funding where it is most needed to accelerate projects throughout the state, TxDOT officials said, adding that funds to be spent will be measured against ways to address congestion, safety, maintenance, and connectivity.

“We take this responsibility very seriously and will continue to find creative and effective ways to fund projects around the state," Wilson said.

TxDOT, whose mission is about working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas, continues to take a proactive approach to planning and implementing road construction and maintenance, he said.

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