Press Release

Congressman Cuellar Announces New Federal Funding to Help Complete About $208 Million Worth of Starr County Highway Projects

Money to be authorized under the new federal highway bill will help fund Starr County transportation projects

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Washington, December 11, 2015 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639) | comments
Today Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), who represents part of Bexar County, announced that under the newly passed and signed five-year federal highway authorization bill, about $208 million worth of Starr County transportation projects. A full list of these projects can be found in the attached documents labeled Funding and Projects and Map provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.

“I am pleased to announce these additional funds for Starr County road projects,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Thanks to the federal highway bill, Texas is estimated to receive more than $18 billion over the next five years. That is $2 billion more than provided under current funding levels. The Starr County road projects will include work on US 83 and FM 755, local roads used daily by residents and travelers. These road improvement projects will help the commuting experience for local residents and enhance the flow of commercial traffic through the county.

“Since 2000, the population of Starr County has increased from 53,597 to approximately 62,955, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, a population increase of 17.5 percent. This increase has led to a boom in traffic that slows down private vehicle traffic as well as the commercial traffic that drives the county’s economy. This is why the new federal highway authorization legislation is so vitally important to Starr County.”

The federal highway authorization bill was passed last week by both the House and Senate with resounding majorities. The bipartisan legislation was the first long-term highway authorization bill to be passed by Congress since MAP-21 in 2012.

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