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Section 28: Category 13D - Urban Streets

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Description

This category is to provide for the reconstruction and restoration of certain city streets in urbanized areas.

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Restrictions

Projects must be on city streets in urbanized areas with populations of 50,000 or more. Streets must be classified as a collector or higher.

All reconstruction and added capacity projects must be developed in accordance with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official's (AASHTO) standards. Pavement restoration projects will be developed to existing or higher pavement standards, based on current traffic. All projects will be developed in accordance with applicable state environmental requirements.

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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Allocation to MPOs

Allocations for the Urban Street Program are approved by the commission, with the MPOs receiving allocations based on their urbanized area population (current official U.S. Census).

Programs will be managed as bank balance programs to the MPOs. Urban Street programs are usually one year programs with the program funds available for use within four years. Eligible projects should be developed by the MPOs with TxDOT concurrence on an as-needed basis.

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Policy

Funds can be used on city streets functionally classified as a collector or higher.

Construction fund match and match for purchase of right-of-way and utility adjustments is as follows:

The city will pay 100 percent of storm sewer, curb and gutter, sidewalks, driveways, right-of-way, utility adjustments, and environmental mitigation (i.e., sound walls, etc.)

TxDOT will pay 80 percent of grading, base, pavement (no preventive maintenance projects such as thin overlays and seal coats), cross drainage, pavement markings, guard fence, and other safety features. The city will pay 20 percent of the above items.

Consultants may be used for plans, specifications, and estimates preparation. The cities will escrow funds for the department to select, manage, and pay the consultants on those projects that will be managed by the department. A city may request that they be allowed to provide complete plans, specifications and estimates, and manage the construction of a project. On these projects, the department will have oversight and audit responsibility.

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