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Governor Greg Abbott made public roads a focal point during his first State of the State Address earlier this week and included it as the third of five emergency items Texas will tackle this year.

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Photo courtesy of the Texas Tribune. Governor Abbott delivered his first State of the State Address on February 17, 2015.

The new governor’s budget includes an additional $4 billion for Texas roads. The governor attributed this increase in budget to funding from Proposition 1 (read more here), the current State Highway Fund, and the reallocation of half of the state’s new and used vehicle sales taxes outlined in Senate Bill 5 (read more here).

As evident from the governor’s State of the State Address, transportation will remain at the forefront of politics this year. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has a number of projects already in motion already and announced a list of potential projects earlier this year (read more here).

One of the projects picking up speed right now is the Aggie Expressway, expected to be completed within the next few years. This project will extend State Highway 249 from Houston to Navasota, where it will connect to Highway 6 in Grimes County. The expressway could also require up to nearly 600 acres of right-of-way acquisitions.

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Photo courtesy of KBTX.com. This project will help connect Houston to Navasota and reduce travel time to College Station from Houston.

While a less congested path to Aggieland, or College Station, will certainly help fans commuting on game days, this path will come at a cost to many local land owners.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other road projects, please feel free to contact Justin Hodge (jhodge@jmehlaw.com). To read Abbott’s full Address, click here.

Coauthored by Justin Hodge and Ayla Syed.