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Section 4: International Bridge Applications

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Summary

Transportation Code, Section 201.612, requires an entity authorized to construct or finance the construction of an international bridge over the Rio Grande to obtain approval from the Texas Transportation Commission prior to seeking a presidential permit for construction.

The director of the Transportation Planning and Programming Division is hereby designated as the department liaison for analyzing applications requesting permission to seek a presidential permit to construct an international bridge over the Rio Grande.

As the department liaison, TPP will develop a standardized application form and provide the form when requested to potential applicants. Upon receipt of this notice, the following divisions and special offices will provide TPP with a primary and alternate point of contact for analyzing International Bridge applications:

  • Design (DES)
  • Environmental (ENV)
  • Budget and Finance (BUD)
  • Right of Way (ROW)
  • International Relations Office (IRO).

TPP responsibilities:

  • Immediately upon receipt of an application and the requisite 20 copies date stamp the application and copies, forward one copy of the application to the designated points of contact, and set a ten working day deadline from the date stamp for the division points of contact to determine if the application is complete. (NOTE: All subsequent references to “the date stamp” refer to the TPP date stamp specified in the preceding sentence.)
  • As soon as possible, but not later than the end of the ten working day period, if the application is deemed incomplete, TPP will return the application and copies with a written response specifying the deficiencies. A resubmitted application will be date stamped again and checked within ten working days to insure deficiencies were corrected.
  • Once the determination is made that an application is complete or that a resubmitted application is no longer deficient, TPP will notify the applicant and the Governor’s Office, in writing, that the application meets the requirements of Title 43 TAC, Section 15.74 and begin the analysis.

TPP will take the following actions:

  • Send a copy of the application to the following agencies and local government entities, requesting their comments be returned within 20 working days of receipt at that agency:
    • Department of Public Safety
    • Natural Resource Conservation Commission
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Historical Commission
    • Alcoholic Beverage Commission
    • Department of Commerce
    • Local government entities (county and municipal where applicable)
  • Send a copy of the application to the Governor’s Office, requesting comments be returned within 20 calendar days from receipt at the Governor’s Office.
  • Request analysis and the written results of that analysis from each division and special office named above be returned within 45 days of the date stamp.
  • Send an application and request analysis and the written results of that analysis from appropriate district(s) and metropolitan planning organization(s) be returned within 20 working days of receipt at the district or organization.
  • Coordinate with Office of General Counsel (OGC) to accomplish the following within 45 days of the date stamp:
    • schedule public hearing
    • advertise public hearing
    • conduct public hearing
  • Compile and summarize public hearing comments within 65 days of the date stamp.
  • Analyze compliance with the state transportation plan and, if appropriate, with the regional transportation plan developed by the metropolitan planning organization having jurisdiction over the project within 65 days of the date stamp.
  • Compile and summarize responses from state agencies, divisions, district(s), MPOs, and/or local government entities within 65 days of the date stamp.
  • Prepare and send staff response, along with recommendation for commission action, to the Executive Director through the Deputy Executive Director.
  • Coordinate with OGC to prepare documents and include on the commission meeting agenda recommended action no later than 120 days of the date stamp (commission must act within 120 days of the date stamp).
  • Notify applicant and Governor’s Office in writing of commission action within two working days after the commission meeting.

DES will take the following actions:

  • Provide a primary and an alternate point of contact for analyzing International bridge applications.
  • Upon receipt of an application from TPP, screen applicable sections for completeness and respond in writing to TPP not later than ten working days from date stamp.
  • Upon receipt of TPP request, analyze the design portion of the application to ensure bridge and roadway are designed to accepted standards and specifications.
  • Provide written analysis and recommendations to TPP not later than 45 days from the date stamp.
  • Assist TPP as required to prepare for commission meeting.

FIN will take the following actions:

  • Provide a primary and an alternate point of contact for analyzing international bridge applications.
  • Upon receipt of an application from TPP, screen applicable sections for completeness and respond in writing to TPP not later than ten working days from date stamp.
  • Upon receipt of TPP request, analyze the financial portion of the application.
  • Provide written analysis and recommendations to TPP not later than 45 days from the date stamp.
  • Assist TPP as required to prepare for commission meeting.

ENV will take the following actions:

  • Provide a primary and an alternate point of contact for analyzing international bridge applications.
  • Upon receipt of an application from TPP, screen applicable sections for completeness and respond in writing to TPP not later than ten working days from date stamp.
  • Upon receipt of TPP request, analyze the environmental portion of the application to ensure environmental considerations have been addressed or mitigated.
  • Provide a written analysis and recommendations to TPP not later than 45 days from the date stamp.
  • Assist TPP as required to prepare for commission meeting.

ROW will take the following actions:

  • Provide a primary and an alternate point of contact for analyzing international bridge applications.
  • Upon receipt of an application from TPP, screen applicable sections for completeness and respond in writing to TPP not later than ten working days from date stamp.
  • Upon receipt of TPP request, analyze the design portion of the application to ensure ROW issues have been adequately addressed.
  • Provide a written analysis and recommendations to TPP not later than 45 days from the date stamp.
  • Assist TPP as required to prepare for commission meeting.

IRO will take the following actions:

  • Provide a primary and an alternate point of contact for administrative and protocol coordination with Mexican officials and entities concerning international bridges and for analyzing international bridge applications.
  • Provide to divisions review, comment, and analysis of any politically sensitive issues, protocol considerations, or other factors related to any Mexican documents or data submitted as part of an application.
  • Upon receipt of TPP request, analyze the written commitments from Mexican federal, state, and local jurisdictions concerning their ability to provide necessary transportation infrastructure.
  • Provide a written analysis and recommendations to TPP not later than 45 days from the date stamp.
  • Assist TPP as required to prepare for commission meeting.
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Purpose

To designate the TxDOT liaison for accepting and analyzing international bridge applications and to specify the procedures used by the department to analyze the applications.

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Responsibility

Transportation Planning and Programming Division

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Reference

Current Policy: Stand Alone Manual Notice 96-2

43 TAC Chapter 15, Subchapter G

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