For the past three sessions, the Texas Legislature has included budget riders in the General Appropriations Act that authorize the use of $100 million for projects to improve access to maritime ports throughout the state. These funds come from the Texas Mobility Fund or other eligible sources; all projects that receive funding are selected by the Port Authority Advisory Committee (PAAC) and approved by the Texas Transportation Commission.
The first two rounds of funding— $20 million in 2015 (Rider 45) and $40 million in 2017 (Rider 48)—allowed TxDOT to approve grants for 20 projects along the coast that improved and widened public roadways, added truck queuing lanes in high-traffic areas, improved signage and gates at rail crossings and upgraded intersections near Texas ports.
The most recent round of funding-- $40 million in 2019 (Rider 38)—will fund the projects listed below. These projects were selected by the PAAC on March 30, 2020. Projects that are located on roadways owned by entities other than TxDOT will go before the Commission for approval in May 2020; projects located on TxDOT roadways will be approved in the Unified Transportation Plan update.