Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Hosts Chairman Bill Shuster in San Antonio, Announces Highway Funds for Bexar County

Under new highway bill, nearly $933 million worth of Bexar County highway projects could be funded

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San Antonio, Texas, January 20, 2016 | Riley Brands ((202) 226-0507) | comments
Today Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), along with Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA-9), chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX-23); Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; and members of the San Antonio City Council met at San Antonio City Hall to announce nearly $933 million worth of Bexar County highway projects that could be funded under the new federal highway bill and thank Chairman Shuster for his efforts throughout the drafting of the bill. A list of these projects can be found here.

Aside from the $933 million, the new highway bill also designates as part of the national Primary Freight Network the stretch of Interstate Highway 35 between San Antonio and Laredo. This new designation recognizes the importance of that stretch of road to the nation’s economy and makes it eligible for additional federal highway funding.

These local transportation projects could be a boost for Bexar County, with new infrastructure projects creating new jobs and lessening traffic congestion.

“Bexar County has grown at a phenomenal rate of 33 percent since 2000, leading to traffic congestion,” Congressman Cuellar said. “This federal funding totaling $933 million for Bexar County will be used to work on necessary projects on Interstate Highway 410, State Loop 13 and Interstate Highway 10, among other roads, to help with transportation and commerce for both local residents and travelers.”

“The FAST Act will be one of the biggest accomplishments of this Congress because it helps repair and improve our roads, bridges, and critical infrastructure, from San Antonio to Pennsylvania, and everywhere throughout the United States,” Shuster said. “The FAST Act also makes a number of key reforms that will make our transportation programs work better. The law gives more flexibility to states and local governments, who know their needs better than Washington bureaucrats, it cuts federal red tape that slows down projects, and it focuses on priorities that will help grow the economy, like moving freight along I-35 and other critical transportation corridors across the country. I appreciate Congressman Cuellar’s work in helping move this important jobs legislation through the Congress.”
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