The federally-funded effort is called the Transportation Enhancement Program. TxDOT has been administering the program since the early 1990’s.
This year the agency has about $70 million to distribute to fund local projects that are related to transportation. Those projects include restoring old railroad depots, acquiring scenic easements, landscaping, and improving historic highways.
Mark Marek is the director of TxDOT’s design division.
“And those enhancments to communities are always important, not only for the quality of liveability of the community, but also for potential economic benefits that can come from citizens using those facilities in the future.”
Mark says the program also provides funding for new bike trails. Some of the past bike projects include a suspension bridge in Waco and a loop trail around the city of Wichita Falls.
“That’s been about 45 percent of the program calls that have been done to date, have been in that particular category. So that seems to be very popular with the local entities. They see their citizens get a lot of use out of those facilities.”
The deadline to apply for this year’s funding is November 16.