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October 11, 2017      5:52 PM

TxDOT stakeholders identify more than $20B in high-priority freight projects

The agency has earmarked roughly $12 billion in spending on projects to improve the freight network, the full plan identifies more than 2,400 projects worth $65 billion, of which only $40 billion are funded

A revised version of the Texas freight plan has identified $64 billion in potential projects to attack the growing chokeholds for road, rail, port and air traffic across the state.

Texas approved a general freight plan last year, just before the newest version of the FAST Act passed. That federal update required the state to dig deeper into the stakeholder process and provide the Federal Highway Administration with an updated list of priority projects in December. Next month, the Texas Transportation Commission also will have to sign off on a five-year model of financially constrained spending to improve Texas’ freight industry.

Texas freight traffic is expected to double between now and 2045.

By Kimberly Reeves

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