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Section 6: Category 3D - NHS: Traffic Management Systems

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Description

This category is to address the traffic management needs on the NHS. Traffic management projects monitor and respond to traffic conditions. Examples of these types of projects include changeable message signs, closed circuit television systems, highway advisory radio, and ramp metering.

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Restrictions

These funds can be spent only on the NHS, and only for the traffic management systems selected for development. Closed loop traffic signal projects are not eligible under this category.

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 located within their area of jurisdiction.

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Project Selection

The commission approves projects selected for this category. Projects considered in this category are evaluated and prioritized statewide using the Traffic Management Index which estimates the reduction in traffic congestion if a project is implemented, and compares it to the cost of project implementation.

Districts receive program authority for the projects that rank high enough statewide to be selected for development.

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Policy

This category is reserved for programming traffic management systems only in the state's areas of air quality attainment. Traffic management system projects in state's areas of air quality non-attainment should be programmed in Category 5 - Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement.

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 NHS.

  • 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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