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Section 19: Category 8B - Texas Farm to Market Roads System Expansion

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Description

This category is to address the construction of new Farm to Market Roads and Ranch to Market Roads, and the added capacity of existing Farm to Market Roads and Ranch to Market Roads. The construction of the roads to prison locations is also included in this category.

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Restrictions

All Farm to Market Road program funds must be spent outside urbanized areas with populations of 50,000 or more. Funds may be used only for selected projects. Projects are prioritized by cost-benefit (cost per vehicle mile) and recommended to the commission for selection.

The construction of new Farm to Market Roads and Ranch to Market Roads is limited to extensions of previously designated facilities, or new sections which will complete a gap in the existing system, or new sections which will provide access to new prison sites located near existing Farm to Market Roads.

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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Project Selection

The commission approves projects selected for this category. Projects considered are evaluated statewide by cost effectiveness (cost per vehicle mile).

The construction of a Farm to Market Road to a prison site is funded with supplemental funds added to the State Farm to Market Road program. For each prison site, the maximum amount of funds to be authorized for constructing a new 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.

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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.

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.

Levels of authorization are assigned to the projects selected for development as part of the Farm to Market Road System Expansion 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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