The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday approved several amendments to the 2008-2011 Transportation Improvement Program and the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
"We have some good news this morning," reported H-GAC Manager of the Transportation and Air Quality Alan Clark. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
"The good news is we have a little more money to spend," Clark said. "The bad news is I have to give you a little bit lengthier presentation on our TIP amendments because we have a very short amount of time to incorporate this money into projects in order to get them on this year's letting schedule."
"This is largely due to projects that have been let to contract so far this fiscal year," explained H-GAC Transportation Program Manager Pat Waskowiak. "Many of them have come in under the estimated amount so we have some extra dollars in that regard."
The amendments include funding for a railroad grade separation structure and approaches for FM 2100 in Northwest Harris County, Phase 1 of the project to reconstruct the US 290/IH 610 Interchange, construction of a grade separation on US 59 at FM 360 and transfer of a $700,000 under-run of economic stimulus funds from the Galveston Regional Maintenance Facility Improvements Program for the purchase of two 35-foot, low-floor buses.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett expressed concern that other projects on the list were not sufficiently prioritized, and Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark stressed the need to move forward on the Highway 646 Project and the elevation of Highway 87 on the Bolivar Peninsula. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
Also at Friday's meeting, Clark urged the other members to contact their friends and relatives in other states to urge them to support the human spaceflight program and to urge their Congressmen to continue the Constellation Program.