AUSTIN, TX — Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (Commission) met and took action on items that benefit the Corpus Christi area. First, the Commission approved the 2020 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) which authorizes projects involving highways, aviation, public transportation, and state and coastal waterways for construction, development and planning activities. Second, the Commission appointed Sean Strawbridge, CEO of Port Corpus Christi, to the Port Authority Advisory Committee.

The Commission unanimously approved the 2020 Unified Transportation Program which includes the following projects in Nueces County:

  • $40 million ($21.5 million increase from previous UTP) – to upgrade SH 286 to freeway standards.
  • $35 million – SH 358 for freeway ramp improvements.
  • $16 million – To begin planning for intersection improvements between Aquarius St. and Whitecap Blvd.

These projects are in addition to the ongoing $1 billion Harbor Bridge replacement project, the $50.7 million SH 358 eastbound ramp reversal in Corpus Christi, and the $118 million US 77/I 69 Driscoll Relief route.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“I appreciate the Texas Transportation Commission’s unanimous vote today to approve the 2020 Unified Transportation Program and for their appointment of Sean Strawbridge to the Port Authority Advisory Committee.

Infrastructure is key to continue the economic growth of the Coastal Bend. The more than $1 billion in ongoing construction in the region and with the additional projects approved today, the Commission and TxDOT leadership continue to show their support and commitment to our Port, Corpus Christi, and Nueces County.  These state investments create jobs, strengthen our economy, and advances our transportation infrastructure.”

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa served as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development; Transportation; Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs.

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