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Section 3: UTP Format

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Overview

The UTP is approved by the Commission in two major parts — through Project-Specific Program Approval and Bank Balance Allocation Program Approval. All of the UTP categories are included in these two parts, except for Category 4B - Surface Transportation Program (STP): Transportation Enhancements. Due to its unique project selection process, funding and project development authorization for Category 4B is provided in a separate Commission minute order.

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Project-Specific Program Approval

The Project-Specific Program consists of the following elements. Exhibit descriptions are based on the FY 2000 UTP. Specific exhibit titles (e.g., “A,” “B,” “C”) and content may vary from year to year. For example, Category 15 projects are included in the UTP only following an authorization or appropriation bill. Some programs may also be authorized by a separate Commission Minute Order, such as Category 4B.

  • Commission Minute Order - This document includes the authorizing language that is approved by the Commission. It references exhibits that provide the details.
  • Exhibit A - This exhibit includes the following information:
    • general description of the federal-aid programs, UTP categories, and authorization levels
    • summary of the UTP categories (see utpsum for a summary of all UTP categories)
    • detailed description of the UTP categories (see Chapter 5, UTP Categories. )
  • Exhibit B through O - These exhibits include listings of projects authorized for development in the UTP categories classified as project specific. The listing includes a description of the project, authorized funding, authorized level of project development, and scheduled letting date (for Priority 1).
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Exhibit

UTP Category

Description

B

1

Interstate Construction (now High-Priority Interstate Highway Corridors)

C

3A

National Highway System (NHS)

D

3B

Texas Trunk System

E

3D

NHS: Traffic Management System

F

3E

NHS: Miscellaneous

G

4G

Surface Transportation Program (STP): Railroad Grade Separations

H

6A

On-State System Bridge Replacement and Rehab Program

I

6B

Off-State System Bridge Replacement and Rehab Program

J

8B

Texas Farm to Market Roads System Expansion

K

12

Strategic Priority

L

13A

State-Funded Mobility

M

13B

Hurricane Evacuation Routes

N

15

Federal Demonstration Projects and Listing of TEA-21 Congressional

High Priority Projects (now Congressional High Priority Projects)

O

17

State Principal Arterial Street System (PASS)



  • Exhibit P - Projects delayed from the previous fiscal year that retain Priority 1 status. This listing includes projects that have not been let during the authorized year but remain authorized for contracting in a subsequent year.
  • Exhibit Q - Letting list for project-specific categories. This listing includes those projects in the Project-Specific Program that have been scheduled for letting in the current fiscal year. (Refer to the subsection Letting Management in Chapter 6.)
  • Exhibit R - Aviation Capital Improvement Program. See Aviation Projects in Section 2 of this chapter.
  • Exhibit S - Public Transportation Program. See Public Transportation Projects in Section 2 of this chapter.
  • Exhibit T - Highway Designations. This exhibit designates those sections of county roads and city streets that have been scheduled for development and that are not part of the state highway system as metropolitan highways or county highways for the period of construction only. This makes these highway segments part of the state highway system during the construction contract period.
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Bank Balance Allocation Program Approval

The Bank Balance Allocation Program consists of the following elements:

  • Commission Minute Order - This document includes the authorizing language that is approved by the Commission. It references exhibits that provide the details. Projects are authorized to be selected by the district or the assigned division on an as-needed basis. Work authorized includes any necessary agreements, right-of-way acquisition, utility adjustments, relocation assistance, and construction.
  • Exhibits - An exhibit is developed for each of the Bank Balance Allocation UTP categories. Included is a description of the UTP category or subcategories, the program amount, the fiscal year(s) of the allocation, the basis of allocation to the districts (where appropriate), and the responsible division(s). Based on projected funding and allocations between the UTP categories, funds are authorized for the Bank Balance Allocation Program on a fiscal year basis. Hence, the fiscal year(s) of the allocation for each program may vary from a specific fiscal year to a multiple fiscal years.
  • UTP Category 4B - Surface Transportation Program, Transportation Enhancements, are authorized by the Commission as an individual program of work (refer to Texas Administrative Code, Part I, Chapter 11, Sections 11.201-11.205).
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