Chapter 5: UTP Categories

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Section 1: Category 1 - High-Priority Interstate Corridors

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Description

This category provides for the construction and expansion of highways located on high-priority interstate corridors established by TEA-21.

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Restrictions

These funds can be used only on added capacity and new location projects located on high-priority interstate corridors established by TEA-21 (Interstate Highways 27, 35, and 69).

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 metropolitan planning organization (MPO) if it is located in their area of jurisdiction.

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Project Selection

The commission approves projects selected for this category. Each district within an interstate construction project qualifying for these funds will receive the funds when the project is ready for letting and when the apportionment is available. Construction sequencing will be recommended by a consensus of the districts involved in project development.

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Policy

Funds will be used only on projects which complete and expand high-priority interstate corridors. Funds will be allocated to regions of the state based upon their remaining unfunded construction of these corridors. The Transportation Planning and Programming Division will coordinate the sequencing of construction projects through regional meetings with districts involved in their development. Consideration will also be given to the investment already made in a project by both TxDOT and local entities.

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 high-priority interstate corridors 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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