Texas roadworks will see a significant increase in the coming year, as the Texas Transportation Commission approved 201 road projects worth more than $2 billion in the state. As early as March, TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) will begin awarding construction projects to contractors. The $2 billion comes largely in part thanks to Proposition 1, which gave the state $1.74 billion to spend on Texas roadworks.
Some of the projects include more than 800 miles of rehabilitated highways, 500 miles of new highway lanes, replacement of 64 bridges, and 18 lane widening projects that will result in 159 miles of passing lanes in rural areas. The energy boom in Texas will receive benefits totalling around 30% of Proposition 1 funding, with roadworks planned to improve, repair, or rehabilitate areas affected by increased traffic (particularly heavy truck traffic) in areas where the energy sector has taken off in recent years.
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