By Alex TothPublished September 24, 2018 9:56AMA new highway in the United States has opened, a highway that is the perfect storm for Texas’ economic, social, and cultural change.
The first part of Highway 90 in Dallas is expected to open to traffic in 2019.
That is two years after the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the highway, a project that is expected make Texas the second largest in the nation to construct a road.
“I think it’s just one of those projects that we’re really excited about, we’re excited about because it’s going to have a huge impact on the future of Texas,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told ABC News.
The highway is expected also to create jobs and stimulate the local economy by attracting investment and tourists.
According to the TxDOT, the new highway will allow drivers to travel from one town to another and bypass congested roads, including I-35.
The road will also have an economic impact on Austin, the third largest city in Texas.
“The highway will open the doors for a lot of business and commerce that will bring jobs and prosperity,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said.
In 2018, Texas became the first state to offer full construction of a highway.
In 2019, Texas is expected be the second.
The first, I-45 in Houston, opened in 2011.
The new highway is the brainchild of Texas Governor Edna Gonzalez, who announced her desire to open the highway on May 7.
She said she wants to make the corridor more of a “social bridge.”
“It’s about the ability to bring the people of Texas together,” Gonzalez told reporters.
“It’s a bridge to bring people together that have a shared experience, so that they can live a better life together.”
In October, the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) released its vision for the future transportation infrastructure.
The goal is to create an infrastructure that is both affordable and accessible to everyone in the country.
According the agency, the federal government will provide $3.8 billion in federal highway and transit funding for infrastructure improvement.