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Texas Transportation Commission Identifies Priority Projects in Rural Areas to Reduce Congestion, Improve Mobility
Contact: Michelle Releford
Phone: (214) 320-4485
Date: July 2, 2014

I-35E, I-45 and I-10 receive approval of $570 million for 49 miles of rural highway expansion

DALLAS DISTRICT — In support of efforts to enhance safety and reduce congestion across the Lone Star State, the Texas Transportation Commission recently approved $570 million for rural highway widening to be included in the Unified Transportation Program, a 10-year plan to guide and fund transportation project development in the state. This action is part of an on-going process and commitment from the Texas Department of Transportation to act upon requests from the legislature, community leaders, public and local transit authorities to identify those projects that will improve mobility across Texas.

“These priority projects not only increase our mobility, but also make it possible to conduct business, grow jobs and increase commerce,” said Chairman Ted Houghton, Texas Transportation Commission. “I am so grateful to all the people who have contributed to making the UTP a strategic roadmap and successful planning tool for transportation over the years. We have achieved a great deal and this kind of progress will benefit our community while offering tremendous promise for the overall economic health of Texas.”

Projects included:

  • I-35E from US 77 north of Waxahachie to US 77 south of Waxahachie: a 10-mile project to widen I-35E from four to six lanes - $120 million.
  • I-45 from south of SH 14 to north Business I-45 in Corsicana: a 15.6- mile project to widen the highway from four to six lanes - $140 million.
  • I-45 from FM 739 to 15th Street in Corsicana: a four-mile project for phase 1 of an interchange at the new location SH 31 bypass - $30 million.
  • I-10 from Winnie in Chambers County to the City of Beaumont in Jefferson County: a 20 mile project to widen the highway from four to six lanes - $280 million.

These projects represent the Commission’s priorities for the UTP and will be included in future updates to this plan based on updated financial forecasts. The projects will also be subject to further public involvement.

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 12,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.