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H-GAC Transportation Policy Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy H-GAC
Friday, May 26, 2017

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council today voted unanimously to support a proposed funding source change and authorizing the use of allocated Category 2 funding. Listen (7:27)

H-GAC Manager David Wurdlow explained that the Texas Department of Transportation sought the support for a swap that would enable the department to complete the financing needed for the State Highway 249 Toll project.

“The State Highway 249 has been a regional priority for us and our plans,” said Wurdlow.

He said that TXDOT that determined that the project is about $50 million short in the Grimes County segment.

TXDOT has identified an opportunity to exchange approximately $40 million of Category 2 Mobility Funding in relation to the I-45 South project, added Wurdlow.

“The (Texas Transportation) Commission has already previously contributed Clear Lanes Initiative Funding to other segments of this I-45 South project,” he stated.

The policy council voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to the 2016-2017 Unified Planning Work Program for the Houston-Galveston Transportation Management Area adjusting personnel budgets in Tasks 3, 4 and 5 to better reflect remaining activities.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda

The policy council achieved a quorum of 23 members. Attendance

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