Section 2: Manual Organization

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This manual begins with information on the funding of TxDOT projects and the basis of the UTP categories. The allocation of funding among these categories is also discussed. The selection and prioritization of projects is outlined, and the role of TxDOT, the MPOs, local governments, citizen groups, and the general public is explained. The TxDOT Design and Construction Information System (DCIS) and its function in the programming and scheduling process are discussed.

With this background, the development of the UTP, beginning with the identification of transportation needs through Commission approval, is explained. Discussion of the implementation of the UTP — as it is used for guiding project development, for the development of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and for establishing the letting schedule — completes the volume.

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