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Section 30: Category 15 - Congressional High Priority Projects

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Description

This category is to address the development of projects across the state that have been designated as demonstration or Congressional High Priority projects in TEA-21, ISTEA, or other legislation.

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Restrictions

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 as required by TEA-21.

Projects in this category must have the concurrence of the MPO if it is located in their area of jurisdiction.

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Project Selections

The commission authorizes TxDOT's participation in Congressional high-priority projects. These projects will be contracted as soon as the districts develop them, and when state funds are available to fund the match and other expenditures.

The amount of federal funds available for each project may fund only a part of the project as described. When necessary, the commission will determine what part of the project is to be constructed with the funds provided. The remainder of the project will compete for funding in other categories.

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Policy

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, unless the demonstration funding terms are different.

Levels of authorization are assigned to the projects selected for development as part of the Congressional High Priority Projects 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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