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State to invest $85 billion in Texas roads

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Lindsey Wiley
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Texas A&M University-Commerce

The massive investment is slated to serve outdated rural thoroughfares as well as fast-growing cities and suburbs.

  • A record 85 billion dollars will be spent on improving roads around the state. Houston Public Media's Matt Thomas says the funding will be spent on Texas's most congested and outdated roads.
    The upgrades will focus on overloaded urban roadways and on connectivity in rural parts of the state. TxDot's Unified Transportation Program will be paid for through legislative and voter-approved initiatives that send oil and gas and sales taxes to the highway fund. The state will zero in on roads that consistently show up on the 100 most-congested list. The improvement program will take ten years to complete.
  • In Hunt County, L3Harris will be the provider for the county’s law enforcement and emergency response agencies. The Greenville Herald Banner reports the Hunt County Commissioners Court chose L3 over a competing bid from Motorola, which is the provider used by City of Greenville agencies. The deal should come in at a net cost of a little more than 4 million dollars for the county. The Herald Banner reports Hunt County Judge Bobby Stovall last Friday expressed frustrated with the process by which the city chose Motorola as its vendor. Stovall said the city declined to hear from county officials who favored the city adopting L3 instead of Motorola.