In July 2009, the Texas Legislature authorized TxDOT to go to contract on approximately $2 billion in general obligation bonds for highway improvements. Texas voters approved these Proposition 12 bonds, which are backed by the state’s general revenue not by fuel tax revenues, by a 63 percent margin in November 2007.
TxDOT districts and Metropolitan Planning Organizations identified more than $8.9 billion in possible projects. In October 2009, the Texas Transportation Commission was presented with a narrowed list of projects recommended by staff. The Commission approved an initial project list at their regular Nov. 19, 2009 meeting in Austin. The current project list has been updated by subsequent Commission Minute Order actions.
Less than 15 months after approval, all projects have gone to constructions with the exception of two that bids will be accepted on within the next year.