According to estimates from the White House, Texas could receive as much as $35.44 billion over five years for various projects across the State. This includes $27 billion for federal highway programs, $3 billion for public transportation, $3 billion for improved drinking water infrastructure, and $100 million for broadband internet expansion. The approximate $1.2 trillion infrastructure packages is one of the largest investments in our infrastructure in nearly 100 years.
We will start writing more about these projects, but we anticipate funding will be made available soon for “shovel-ready” projects in Houston, Harris County, Texas like IH-45, GrandParkway, and I-10. We also anticipate funding for “shovel-ready” projects in Austin, Travis County, Texas like the 620 and IH-35 projects. In Dallas, we anticipate funding for “shovel-ready” projects along I-635 and I-20. We also anticipate funding for future DART projects in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.
Landowners and businesses along Texas highway expansions should begin to prepare for future eminent-domain cases throughout the State. If this is consistent with the 2009 infrastructure bill, then eminent-domain and condemnation filings will likely see significant increases within the next 1-2 years.