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feature: TXDOT

PARTNERING
OPPORTUNITIES
FOR QUALITY
By Randy C. Hopmann, P.E.,
Director of District Operations
Texas Department of Transportation

T

he Texas Depar tment of
Transportation's (TxDOT) job
has been, and always will be,
to build projects that make
transportation safer, faster, and more
reliable. With the addition of funding -
and the new processes the department has,
and is continuing to, put in place - we are
certain we can deliver on the expectations
of the citizens of Texas.
TxDOT receives funding for the development and construction of transportation
projects from a number of revenue sources.
Traditionally, these have included reimbursements from the federal tax collected on gasoline and diesel, state highway funds (Fund 6)
from state fuel taxes, general revenue, fees,
and miscellaneous funds. To address increased
needs brought on, in large part, by the state's
population boom and the diminishing purchasing power of fuel tax revenues, the Texas
Legislature has provided TxDOT with several
innovative financing tools including bond
proceeds and concessions; along with two
new, voter approved, funding sources -
Propositions (Prop) 1 and 7.
Last spring, the 85th Texas Legislature
worked on a number of high priority issues.
Included in the mix were two bills of great
importance to TxDOT - the state budget
and the department's Sunset bill. Senate
Bill 1 (SB 1), the General Appropriations
Act, provides TxDOT $26.6 billion for the
next two fiscal years (FY 2018-2019). This

is approximately $3.5 billion more than
the previous biennium's appropriation.
The bulk of the increase, $2.9 billion, is
in Prop 7  funding. FY 2018-2019 is the
first budget to include Prop 7 funding.
While Prop 1 funding has fluctuated due
to the price of oil, we anticipate receiving
approximately $2.5 billion from this funding source during the upcoming biennium.
Of particular importance to the asphalt
and pavement industry, is the fact that
approximately $23 billion of $26.6 billion
appropriation will be spent on highway
planning and design, right-of-way acquisition, construction, maintenance, and
preservation. SB 1 also includes the addition of 313.5 new staff positions which
are important to the delivery of projects
throughout the state.
Additional funding in the amount of
$33.5 million was included for the development and implementation of an automated
system, known as Modernize Portfolio and
Project Management (MPPM), to manage
our portfolio of transportation projects.
The Legislature and others have asked us to
develop a better project prioritization process.
MPPM will help transform how TxDOT executes and measures portfolio, project, asset,
contract, and letting workflow management
systems. This vital project will replace up to
40 legacy engineering operations systems,
and help streamline the delivery of transportation programs statewide.

Over the past decade, TxDOT has undergone the Sunset review process three
times  - in 2009, 2011, and 2017. Each
time the Sunset Commission conducted a
comprehensive review of TxDOT's operations and published recommended improvements. This year, the Legislature took those
recommendations, voted to enact SB 312,
TxDOT's Sunset legislation, and continue
TxDOT's operations for 12 more years -
until September 1, 2029.
TxDOT's Sunset legislation covers a
number of key items from transportation planning and project development,
to enhanced communications, to aircraft
fleet usage. Several of the items relate to
matters of importance or interest to the
asphalt industry. SB 312 requires the Texas
Transportation Commission (Commission)
to develop and implement a strategy to
better collaborate with stakeholders such
as the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association
(TXAPA) when developing policies regarding project prioritization in the Unified
Transportation Program (UTP). The legislation also requires TxDOT to be more
transparent and communicate better with
the public and the stakeholders regarding
transportation system strategies, goals,
measurable targets and other related performance measures, as well as TxDOT's progress in meeting those items.
SB 312 also added new statutory language
regarding contracting. The legislation calls
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017

President’s Message
NAPA
Associate Member Forum
The Major’s Perspective
TXAPA Scholarship Program Changes Produce Big Results
Partnering Opportunities for Quality
San Antonio Downtown Y Stands the Test of Time
The Pros and Cons of Expectations
U.S. Polyco
HMA Labs
Calendar of Events
New Members
Products & Services Marketplace
Advertisers Index
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Intro
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - cover1
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - cover2
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 3
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 4
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 5
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 6
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - President’s Message
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 8
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - NAPA
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 10
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Associate Member Forum
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 12
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - The Major’s Perspective
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 14
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - TXAPA Scholarship Program Changes Produce Big Results
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 16
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 17
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 18
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 19
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 20
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Partnering Opportunities for Quality
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Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 24
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 25
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - San Antonio Downtown Y Stands the Test of Time
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 27
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - The Pros and Cons of Expectations
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 29
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 30
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 31
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 32
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - U.S. Polyco
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 34
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - HMA Labs
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 36
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Calendar of Events
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 38
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - New Members
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Products & Services Marketplace
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 41
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 42
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Advertisers Index
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