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Section 14: Category 4G - STP: Railroad Grade Separations

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Description

This category is to address the construction of grade separations at existing highway-railroad grade crossings and the rehabilitation or replacement of deficient railroad underpasses on the state highway system.

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Restrictions

The funds in this category must be spent on the construction of a grade separation at an existing highway-railroad grade crossing or the replacement or rehabilitation of an existing deficient railroad underpass of a roadway on the state highway system with a functional classification greater than a local road or rural minor collector.

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 Selection

The commission approves projects selected for this category. Projects are ranked, prioritized, and recommended by the Design Division using a cost-benefit index (CBI). This index considers the average daily traffic, number of fatalities and injuries and delays to vehicle traffic.

Districts receive program authority for the projects selected. Each district with a selected project will receive available apportionments when the project is ready for letting.

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Policy

Projects are evaluated using a benefit-cost index and can only be used on any roadway on the state highway system with a functional classification greater than a local road or rural minor collector.

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 Railroad Grade Separation Safety Program.

  • 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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