|The Texas Transportation Commission has approved $345 million for 83 bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects across the state. Stemming from a rising trend in pedestrian and bicyclist deaths,
Texas will improve community safety and expand mobility options with new sidewalks, shared-use paths, pedestrian bridges, bikeways and other pedestrian-bike infrastructure projects. The funding comes through the state’s Transportation Alternative Set-Aside (TASA) grant program.
The city of Dallas received $25 million to build a shared-use path and separated bike lanes along the Cotton Belt and Silver Line trail. The city received an additional $6.6 million to build a 1.1-mile connector trail along a planned 17-mile trail. Construction is expected to begin in early 2024.
The city of San Angelo was awarded $18.9 million to fund its Community Accessibility and Connectivity Project (CACP). The plans call for new sidewalks, shared-use paths, lighting, pedestrian traffic signals, ADA-compliant ramps, crosswalks and bike lanes.
The city of Houston received $18.5 million to build a shared-use path over the Buffalo Bayou suspension bridge and under a freeway. The project has an estimated cost of $23 million, and construction is expected to begin in 2025.
More than $16 million will help the city of Socorro develop a 7-mile section of an ongoing trail project. The additions include a shared-use path and sidewalks.
The city of San Antonio was awarded $15.8 million to build a two-way separated cycle track. Bike signage and pedestrian and traffic signal improvements will be included in the project.
Corpus Christi will use $13 million award to convert an old railroad trestle into a pedestrian-bike bridge. The bridge will connect two hike-and-bike trails with an ADA-accessible shared-use path across a bay.
The city of Austin was awarded $11.3 million to improve and enhance its public bike share program and fully transition to electric bicycles. CapMetro, the city’s public transportation provider, will expand the program’s 81-station, 800-bike network.