Dallas to get billions of dollars for roadway projects in new TxDOT plan
The state of Texas is investing $142 billion in transportation infrastructure, including $11.5 billion for roadway projects around Dallas-Fort Worth.
That $142 billion also includes a $100 billion 10-year statewide roadway construction plan with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
The Dallas District projects will include:
- Projects along US 380 in Collin County, $288 million, complementing approximately $1 billion previously dedicated to US 380
- Reconstruct I-30 Canyon between I-35E and I-45 in Dallas County, $524 million
- Reconstruct US 80 in Mesquite between Town East Boulevard and Belt Line Road, including the interchange with I-635 in Dallas County, $220 million
- Improvements along the I-35, I-35E, and I-35W corridors in Denton County to include breakout interchanges, new frontage roads, and capacity improvements, $163 million
- Projects in Kaufman County, total $263 million, including $25 million to widen portions of Interstate 20 and $101 million to widen SH 205
It's part of the 2024 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) proposed by TxDOT, estimated to be $15 billion more than the 2023 UTP, with the State of Texas providing a majority of the funding.
The UTP is a planning document that guides the development of transportation projects across the state.
The $142 billion designated for 2024 will cover development & delivery projects, right of way acquisition, engineering, routine maintenance contracts, and UTP construction funding. We're totally getting a LOT for our money.
And don't think we won't see some ROI: An analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute says the $10 billion-plus average annual investment programmed in the UTP over the next 10 years is expected to bring an estimated $18.8 billion per year in economic benefits which include increased labor income and business output, as well as the addition of 70,500 direct and indirect jobs.
Gotta spend some to make some.
Many of the projects in this plan are roadway segments identified on Texas' 100 Most Congested Roadways list.
Texas Clear Lanes congestion-relief projects will see an increase in funding, supporting $66.7 billion total investment for completed, under-construction, and planned non-tolled projects since 2015.
Funding for rural projects also increased to $19.2 billion, up from $2.2 billion in the 2016 UTP.
Projects are selected by TxDOT and local transportation leaders based on effectiveness in addressing criteria such as safety, pavement condition, capacity, and rural connectivity, with opportunities for public input at the both the state and local levels.