Texas: State Initiative Gives ‘Clear’ Direction on Road Projects

When Gov. Greg Abbott appointed San Antonio businessman J. Bruce Bugg Jr. to the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) in early 2015, one of Bugg’s early objectives was to help the commission prioritize key transportation projects throughout the state.

One of those projects has aimed to reduce traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 281 North between Loop 1604 and the Comal County line.

That same year, Abbott directed the five-member TTC, which oversees the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), to assemble a comprehensive statewide strategy to improve mobility around San Antonio and other major metropolitan areas in Texas.

That project, known as Texas Clear Lanes, has prioritized traffic “chokepoints” in these metro areas and identified funding mechanisms to support improvements.