A new Texas highway map will be used to help state and local governments plan road projects and track construction and maintenance, officials said Thursday.
The new map is the result of a three-year, $100 million project to improve the state’s road network and improve safety, the Texas Transportation Department said in a news release.
The map, created in collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas A&M University Transportation Research Institute, is a product of a partnership between the state, Texas A & M University, and the university’s Institute for Transportation Research and Development, a division of the Texas Railroad Commission.
The state-by-state highway map shows where highways are and how they intersect in a way that allows drivers to find one another and get through narrow, busy intersections.
The map is available online, and there are also two other state maps that show road segments in greater detail.
The Texas Department, which is charged with overseeing the state highway system, said the new map will help improve safety and ease congestion along the state-and-territory highways, which stretch from the Rio Grande River to Interstate 35 and include several of the state\’s busiest highways.
It will also help the state as it works with transportation experts and local officials to design and develop more efficient and effective transportation strategies, the department said.
The department said the map will include detailed data on the highway network, including lane closures, speed limits, median and shoulder widths, vehicle occupancy and fuel economy data.
The agency said the Texas Highway Patrol will continue to work with state transportation officials and transportation agencies to ensure the information is accurate and timely.