Dallas News » Funds to improve three highway logjams are being used as leverage to persuade the Texas Transportation Commission to build LBJ East, the 10.8 miles of Interstate 635 between Interstate 30 and Central Expressway that has been deemed the region’s top transportation project. The three potentially endangered projects are the Interstate 30 bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard. Interstate 35E between LBJ and the Denton County line and U.S. Highway 80 east toward Kaufman County.
KUT 90.5 » A tweet has given us a glimpse at Cap Metro’s plans to build out a light-rail system in Austin that would cost anywhere between $1.4 and $2.1 billion. The tweet appeared to show a Project Connect-branded outline of a route that would run along a 12-mile stretch, connecting Guadalupe Street and Lamar Boulevard north to Highway 183, with room for more lines.
The Texas Tribune » The developers of a high-speed train connecting the state’s two largest urban areas announced Monday morning they want to build their Houston station at the site of Northwest Mall, about eight miles from the city’s downtown. That spot is one of three sites Texas Central Partners was considering for the Houston station. All three were at or near the mall.
North Texas cities to get water supply boost: Final permit received for construction on Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir
Community Impact » A permit has been granted to allow construction to begin on the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County. The $1.2 billion reservoir will be a key source of water to meet the growing needs in North Texas. This is the first reservoir to be built in Texas in 30 years. Construction on the lake is expected to begin this spring with a completion date in 2022.
Roads & Bridges » The city of Houston will soon see construction begin on a world-class cable-stayed bridge intended to relieve congestion and improve safety on one of the busiest toll road networks in the country. This new signature bridge will replace a previous record-setting concrete segmental bridge as the Harris County Toll Road Authority widens the Sam Houston Tollway East where it crosses the Houston Ship Channel.