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TxDOT approves $70 billion in transportation improvementsTxDOT approves $70 billion in transportation improvementshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=143472016-08-25T05:00:00Z

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AUSTIN – The Texas Transportation Commission yesterday approved the 2017 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) with $70 billion worth of projects to help TxDOT meet the state’s growing transportation demands.

The ten-year plan is the largest of its kind in the agency’s history that addresses capacity, maintenance and safety needs around the state.

Developed with extensive public input, the 2017 UTP targets congestion in the state’s most-populated areas and includes projects to better connect the major interstates in rural areas with local roads and highways.

Outside urban areas, the program calls for enhancing and completing interstate highways, and addressing the continuing needs within the energy sector and along hurricane evacuation routes.​

​With more than $70 billion in total funding, the program represents a significant increase from last year’s ten-year plan, which included more than $33 billion worth of projects. The bulk of the additional funding will come from legislative- and voter-approved initiatives to allocate portions of oil and gas taxes, sales taxes, and other taxes to the state highway fund. E​nding the practice of appropriating state highway funds to agencies other than TxDOT and the passage of long-term federal transportation legislation also contributed to the additional funding.

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