Efforts to improve Texas 199 on the north edge of downtown Fort Worth got a boost Thursday after the Texas Transportation Commission agreed to reimburse the city for up to $11.2 million in road work for that corridor.
That project, which is on the western cusp of the planned Trinity River Vision redevelopment, was among 14 jobs that were awarded $173 million under the state's pass-through financing program. Under pass-through financing, cities and counties pay for road work and get reimbursed over several years by the Texas Department of Transportation's gas tax-supported highway fund. It's a way to advance projects today, rather than waiting for state funding to be freed up.
The Texas 199 project stretches from north of Cullen Street to near White Settlement Road, where North Henderson Street transitions to Jacksboro Highway. The total cost of improvements in that area is pegged at $34 million.
Pass-through financing also was approved for a new interchange at Interstate 20, west of Fort Worth in Parker County. It's for the Western Loop that will stretch across eastern Parker County, near Weatherford. The county will be reimbursed for about $7 million of the $8.4 million project.
Separately, $20.5 million was awarded for the expansion of U.S. 380 west of Denton, a two-lane road that is considered dangerous and has been the site of fatal accidents. The road will be expanded into a four-lane, divided highway from the Denton-Wise County line to about a half-mile west of Farm Road 156.
The project will be paid out of the Proposition 14 program, which allows projects to be paid for today from the issuance of bonds, and reimbursed through the state's gas tax-supported highway fund.
-- Gordon Dickson, email@example.com