The Texas Transportation Commission approved $76 million in funding for 54 transportation-related enhancement projects. ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/des/te_projects_072910.pdf
The action gives the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) authority to move forward with funding for the Transportation Enhancement Program. http://www.txdot.gov/business/governments/te.htm
The federally-funded program supports transportation-related activities that promote the quality of the environment through aesthetic enhancements associated with transportation. The current, federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, requires transportation enhancement projects be funded over the life of the bill.
The program provides funding for projects that contribute to the livelihood of communities, promote the quality of our environment, and enhance the aesthetics of Texas roadways.
Projects were selected on a competitive basis. TxDOT issued a program call for project nominations in October 2009. The 54 projects selected (see above link) are the result of 200 project nominations received in response to the program call.
Selection for funding does not constitute a grant. Selected projects are eligible for reimbursement for up to 80 percent of allowable costs. The entity nominating a project is responsible for the remaining cost share, including cost overruns.
Eligible projects must demonstrate a relationship to the surface transportation system through either function or impact.