U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $9.5 Million for Texas Highway and Bridge Projects
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that newly released funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve traffic flow at key transportation projects around the state. The Bush administration is providing more than $9.5 million for the rehabilitation of the Ports-to-Plains Highway between Del Rio and Eagle Pass, for widening of State Highway 158 in Sterling County and for 23 other Texas transportation projects.
"Investing in Texas highways is the best way to get people to their jobs, families to their homes and goods to market," Secretary Mineta said.
Several of the projects will ease congestion on some of the state's most heavily traveled roads. The Bush administration has slated over $637,000 for the rehabilitation of the Ports-to-Plains Highway and $463,000 for the widening of SH 158.
Other projects include $536,000 for replacement of the Trinity River Bridge on Interstate 35 in downtown Dallas and upgrading the Chambers Creek Bridges through central Texas.
"The funding we're announcing today is an investment in the transportation infrastructure of Texas and the region," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "The President understands that these investments are important to our quality of life and to keep our economy moving."
The following table shows the programs and projects funded by these grants.