The Texas Department of Transportation's 2023 Unified Transportation Program, announced its unanimous acceptance, has advanced a record-breaking $85 billion, 10yr statewide highway development plan.
a 188-page construction planning and development document that directs work on 562 listed transportation projects in Texas
In addition to UTP, a total of $117 billion was invested in over 7,000 transportation projects during the length of the program, including $32 billion for routine maintenance and project development.
Although the majority of the financing is allocated to populous areas, the plan also includes a historic increase in funding to $14 billion for projects in rural areas.
Numerous UTP projects are key connectivity corridors and road segments that are included among Texas' 100 Most Congested Roadways.
TxDOT has allocated $30 million in the 2023 UTP to expand and repurpose safety rest sites with increased room for truck parking.
$16.6 billion is also requested in the proposal for rehabilitation and preventative maintenance of the current state highway system, which includes repairing pavement, signs, and signals.
$10.7 billion for metro and urban corridor projects that generally include road expansion and interchange upgrades to ease state highway traffic congestion.
$12.2 billion toward statewide connectivity corridor improvements for high-traffic route mobility, two-lane roads expansion to four-lane and Ports-to-Plains freight corridor
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute estimates that the UTP's $8.5 billion in average yearly investment over the next 10 years will result in economic benefits of $15.5 billion annually.