AMARILLO – At its regular monthly meeting this week, the Texas Transportation Commission approved updates to the 2017 Unified Transportation Program (UTP), a 10-year statewide plan for transportation project development. While the commission approved the 2017 UTP in August 2016, Tuesday’s action authorizes funding on priority projects and programs, some of which directly impact the Amarillo District in the amount of $105.5 million.
“We are excited that the Commission recognized these critical needs in the Amarillo District,” says District Engineer Brian Crawford. “This additional funding allows us to accelerate the expansion of South Loop 335 in west Amarillo and to accomplish important safety improvements in Bushland at Interstate 40 and on the US 54 corridor south of Dalhart.”
South Loop 335
Funds for this project total $65 million and have accelerated project delivery dates.
US 54 in Hartley County from the New Mexico state line to Dalhart
Previously unfunded, this project will convert US 54 to a Super-2 Highway that will include passing lanes and other safety improvements. Construction estimate is $39 million, and the new funding accelerates the project’s letting to Fiscal Year 2020 with construction anticipated to begin in spring 2020.
Interstate 40 in Potter County
The construction estimate that will provide intersection improvements at I-40 and RM 2381 in Bushland is $1.5 million. The new funding frees up District discretionary funds that can now be allocated to other priority projects.
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