Transportation

The Houston Region Awaits Its Share Of New Transportation Money

Billions of dollars could be coming to the area as a result of new funding initiatives. Officials say they’ll know more in a couple of months.

H-GAC Director of Transportation Planning Alan Clark discusses projects that could be funded with new TxDOT money.
H-GAC Director of Transportation Planning Alan Clark discusses projects that could be funded with new TxDOT money.

The Texas Transportation Commission has just approved $70 billion for mobility projects around the state over the next ten years. Some of that money is coming to Houston for work that’s designed to ease congestion and improve air quality. News 88.7 Transportation reporter Gail Delaughter talked about those projects with Alan Clark, Director of Transportation Planning for the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Clark says the Houston region could get $4-5 billion, and they should have a final number in November.

“It will be used based upon the identification of needs in several areas, like safety, bridges that need to be replaced, areas like ours that are highly congested where we need additional capacity or perhaps reconstruction of roads to make them work better.”

So what are some specific projects?

“We’ll be continuing to improve roads like I-45 South. We’ll be working on continuing a lot of improvement on State Highway 146. We have highways in slightly less developed areas but ones that are important for moving goods or hurricane evacuation.”

And what about bike and pedestrian projects?

“Our local governments and the State of Texas have adopted policies to evaluate the need for bicycles and pedestrians anytime they are rebuilding, reconstructing, or widening existing highways.”

Click above to hear the full interview. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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