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Section 26: Category 13B - Hurricane Evacuation Routes

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Description

This category is to address the construction of Hurricane Evacuation Routes to increase safety, access, and mobility of people and goods in the coastal areas of the state in emergency situations.

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Restrictions

Projects must be on an approved Hurricane Evacuation Route on the tate highway system.

All projects must be developed in accordance with applicable federal and state environmental requirements. All projects must be designed, constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with state laws, regulations, directives; and safety, design, and construction standards. Projects in this category must have the concurrence of the MPO if it is located in their area of jurisdiction.

Projects that are located within an air quality non-attainment area may need to be included in the Transportation Improvement Program of the MPO

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Project Selection

The commission approves projects selected for this category. Projects considered for this category are evaluated and recommended through the consensus of representatives from the TxDOT districts which have Hurricane Evacuation Routes (Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Houston, Pharr, and Yoakum).

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Policy

Projects are evaluated by the effected districts based on identified need.

Match for preliminary engineering, construction, and right-of-way purchase/utility adjustments will be in accordance with TxDOT's Policy for Matching Funds - Participation Ratios.

Levels of authorization are assigned to the projects selected for development as part of the Hurricane Evacuation Routes category.

  • Priority 1 - projects authorized for PS&E completion, utilities adjustments, and construction within the next four fiscal years
  • Priority 2 - projects authorized for PS&E preparation and right-of-way acquisition.
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