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Section 18: Category 8A - Rehabilitation of Texas Farm to Market Roads

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Description

This category is primarily to address the reconstruction or rehabilitation of existing Farm to Market Roads and Ranch to Market Roads.

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Restrictions

All Farm to Market Road (FM) program funds must be spent outside urbanized areas with populations of 50,000 or more. Funds may be used, at the district's discretion, for the rehabilitation of roads on the existing Farm to Market Road system.

All projects must be developed in accordance with applicable 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.

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Allocation to District

Allocations for the Texas Farm to Market Road Rehabilitation Programs are approved by the commission, with the districts receiving allocations based on the following formula:

  • 30% - summation of flexible and rigid equivalent single-axle loads per FM section multiplied times the FM section length
  • 30% - FM lane miles
  • 35% - FM lane miles with “substandard” Distress Scores, based on Pavement Management Information System (PMIS) Distress Score less than 60
  • 5% - square footage of bridge deck area with sufficiency rating between 50 and 80.

The rehabilitation of a Farm to Market Road to a prison site may be funded with supplemental funds added to the State Farm to Market Road Rehabilitation program. For each prison site, the maximum amount of funds to be authorized for constructing a new road or improving an existing road is $600,000. Each request for supplemental funds for a road to prison site will be submitted separately to the commission for approval.

The Farm to Market Road Rehabilitation programs are managed as bank balance programs with eligible projects developed by the districts on an as-needed basis within their allocations. Farm to Market Rehabilitation Programs are usually one-year programs with the program funds available for use within four years.

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Policy

Funds can only be used to rehabilitate any Farm to Market or Ranch to Market roadways.

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.

The provisions of Commission Minute Order 100593, dated February 25, 1992, outline the responsibilities and requirements for Farm to Market Roads providing access to prison sites.

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