Feb 04, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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Texas Aims To Raise $3.5 Million From Transportation Sponsorships

The Texas Transportation Commission today approved a rule change enabling the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to accept sponsorships to pay for roadside upkeep, maintenance at safety rest areas and litter control. The state says that the sponsorship program, expected to launch this spring, could provide up to $3.5 million annually in additional revenue.

“We applaud TxDOT for thinking creatively and discovering new ways to improve our state and save Texans money,” said Chairman Ted Houghton, Texas Transportation Commission. “Our roadsides and safety rest areas are some of the first sights for millions of out-of-state travelers, and as such, we must continue to maintain them and uphold the beauty of the Lone Star State.”

“Partnering with the private sector just makes sense as we seek new ways to address the state’s ongoing funding challenges,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “This is another tool to establish more partnerships that help us pay for these services and could reduce the cost of roadside maintenance around the state.” #strategytag