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Section 4: Long Range Project Planning

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Long Range Project Status

Authority for advanced planning up to and through right-of-way determinations, which includes the proposed route and environmental studies followed by public hearings, occurs only after a project has been given Long Range Project (LRP) status. While a project is under LRP status, right-of-way maps can be completed and any required environmental permits, clearances, and coordination should be identified. Letting dates are not assigned while a project is in LRP status.

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Programming Assessments

To obtain LRP status for a project, a Programming Assessment (PA) request must be forwarded to TPP. TTP reviews the PA. The recommended issues to be assessed or evaluated for each project are as follows:

  • congruity with the Statewide Transportation Plan
  • congruity with the Metropolitan Transportation Plan
  • major environmental issues
  • level of community support
  • cost effectiveness
  • safety issues
  • existing traffic/projected traffic
  • other areas of interest
  • conclusion.

After TTP(S) has reviewed the PA for the issues shown above, the assessment is forwarded to the Programming and Scheduling Section. TPP reviews the PA for Design and Construction Information System (DCIS) database completeness and for programming consistency. If the PA involves a request for a Farm to Market (FM) road, TPP validates the actual/forecasted traffic for the project.

If agreement is reached, TTP prepares an approval letter for the Director of Transportation Planning and Programming Division to send to the district. If approved, the project remains in LRP status until it is ranked high enough during the normal Unified Transportation Plan (UTP) process to be moved to Priority 2 status or is otherwise advanced by local funding or Texas Transportation Commission action. The move from LRP status to Priority 2 status is coordinated by TPP.

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