Transportation Challenges Texas


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Transportation Challenges – How are Ports-to-Plains Alliance Jurisdictions Addressing the Issues?
The Ports-to-Plains region fuels North America with Alberta, home of the world’s third largest proven oil reserves, and 7 of the top 10 oil producing US states. While the production is a boom to the local economies, it is placing a strain on the transportation infrastructure. Transportation leaders from Alberta, Texas and North Dakota will tell how they are facing the challenge.

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  • Since December of 2009 TxDOT has let 21 projects along the corridor totaling $68.3 million. These projects include bridge replacements, road reconstruction and the addition of passing lanes. An additional 16 projects which include widening and bridge replacements are estimated to cost $77.6 million. Most of these projects are scheduled to let within the next year, the remaining projects (6 total) are scheduled for FY 2015 and early 2016.
  • The one project on US 287 in Dallam County : Super-2 $ 4,891,933.00 LET August 2010The one project on US 287 Sherman County : Super-2 $ 4,364,198.70 LET August 2010The one project on US 87 in Dallam County : Adding 2 Lanes $ 9,032,043.41 LET December 2009Total amount of let added capacity projects $ 18,288,175.11 The one project on US 87 Hartley County : Reconstruction of existing roadway $ 10,505,823.80 LET August 2012The one project on US 87 Moore County : Reconstruction of existing roadway $ 9,505,705.60 LET August 2012 Remaining let projects are bridge rehab $ 7,673,568.62 Total Amount of All Let Projects = $ 46,062,374.43 There are 2 planned Bridge Projects (in Potter County) = $ 4,800,000.00Total Estimated Construction Cost for these projects (let and planned) is $ 50,862,374.43
  • US 277 in San Angelo District 8 projects have been letadding Super-2 passing lanes - $ 15,249,710.39 These all let this summerRemaining section of US 277 in Tom Green County (small blue section) estimated to let in early 2016 for $4.2 millionSH 349 in Dawson and Martin County There are 3 planned projects to widen to 4-lane undivided cross section. These are estimated to let in the next year for $ 41,328,889.42 There are two projects on SH 158 adding Super-2 passing lanes. One should let this year and one in early 2015 for a total of$ 3,172,664.00 The remaining section of US 277 (6 projects) in the San Angelo District from I-10 south to the Laredo District line (not shown on this map) are ranked in the TRTP as 13, 18, 27, 31, 33 and 38 out of 39 projects analyzed for the San Angelo District. That ranking runs north to south so that 13th is closest to I-10 and 38th is at the Laredo District line.
  • All of the work on US 277 (7 projects total) consists of adding passing lanes for an estimated construction cost of $30,400,000.00 Three of these projects will let in summer 2013 and four are scheduled to let in fall of 2015.18 additional projects along US 277 and US 83 were identified and ranked as part of the TRTP. Eight of these projects ranked 29th or better out of 76 projects analyzed by for the Laredo District. The remaining 10 ranked between 48th and 74th out of the 76. The lowest ranking projects were those in Val Verde County north of Del Rio. The highest ranking ones were on US 83 in Dimmit and Webb Counties.
  • Discuss strategic corridors under development in Texas and relationship to major port regions
  • Responsibilities of thisTask Force:Coordination of efforts Support of agency activitiesSharing of informationIdentify opportunities for innovationIdentify opportunities for partnershipsIdentify potential solutions to common issues
  • 1,184 loaded trucks to bring one gas well into Production, plus353 loaded trucks per year to maintain, plus997 loaded trucks every 5 Years to re-frac the wellThis is equivalent to roughly 8 Million cars plus an additional 2 Million cars per year to maintainResearch has determined that the service life on IH, US, SH, and FM highways is reduced:Due to truck traffic associated with natural gas well operations alone between:1% and 16% for rig movements1% and 34% for the saltwater disposal traffic4% and 53% for construction trafficOverall Impact (Average) 30%
  • Transportation Challenges Texas

    1. 1. Ports to PlainsProgress in TexasUpdate to the 15th Annual Ports to PlainsAlliance ConferenceMedicine Hat, Alberta, CanadaOctober 3, 2012Marc D. Williams, P.E.Director of PlanningTexas Department of Transportation
    2. 2. Texas’ Ports-to-Plains CorridorThe Ports to Plains Corridor links the resources ofthe Central Plains to market and transportationopportunities within Texas, Mexico and the GulfCoast.• Designated a High Priority Corridor by Congress in 1998 to address NAFTA trade• 750 miles of the 2300-mile corridor in Texas• 448 miles in Texas are currently 4-lane divided
    3. 3. Texas’ Ports-to-Plains CorridorConsistent with the Corridor Development andManagement Plan for Ports to Plains, Texas isworking to create a modern trade corridor thatprovides enhanced freight movement andpromotes economic development.• Investment in corridor improvements• Strategic coordination with safety and trade related initiatives • Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group • Energy Sector Task Force
    4. 4. Overview of Current Programs PROJECTED COSTS Total Funding Programmed $145.9 million FUNDING SOURCES TxDOT (Public Funds) $50.3 million Proposition 12 Bonds $73.4 million Proposition 14 Bonds $9.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act $10.2 million Federal Earmarks $2.7 million TOTAL $145.9 million
    5. 5. Planned/Let ProjectsAmarillo District Let Projects Planned Projects
    6. 6. Planned/Let ProjectsLubbock/Odessa/San Angelo Districts Let Projects Planned Projects
    7. 7. Planned/Let ProjectsLaredo District Let Projects Planned Projects
    8. 8. Panama Canal StakeholderWorking Group• The 2014 completion of the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal will double its capacity by allowing more and larger ships.• TxDOT has convened the Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group (PCSWG) to address this issue and help ensure Texas is well- positioned to maximize this opportunity.• The charge is to recommend short, mid, and long-term TxDOT transportation improvements that will better position the state to take advantage of the expansion and enhance Texas role in global trade.
    9. 9. Panama Canal StakeholderWorking Group (cont.)• Convened in June of 2012, the PCSWG is comprised of public and private sector leaders representing ports, industry, shipping and governmental interests.• Throughout the summer, the PCSWG conducted six public meetings throughout the state in which they heard from dozens of local leaders and industry experts who discussed how the Panama Canal expansion is anticipated to influence shipping patterns that may impact Texas deep water ports, as well as landside intermodal, rail, roadway, and other infrastructure needs.• The PCSWG will conclude their efforts with a final two-day meeting in Austin on November 12-13 and present their report to the Texas Transportation Commission in December of 2012.
    10. 10. Panama Canal StakeholderWorking Group (cont.)• Key Testimony Offered to the PCSWG: • Emerging opportunities for Texas are primarily export-based: • Dry bulk commodities (agricultural/natural resources) • Liquid bulk commodities (energy products) • Some growth in container shipments could be realized, but not at the level that is often touted. • Offering significant import and export markets, Texas is strategically positioned to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Panama Canal and the strengths/attributes of our gulf coast ports. • Ports need a mechanism to better address infrastructure funding needs. • Strategic investment should continue on land-side transportation needs (local congestion, state/national corridors).
    11. 11. Highway/Port Connections
    12. 12. Energy Sector Task Force• Texas energy sector is of tremendous value to the Texas economy and quality of life. Increasing demand for energy resources and evolving exploration techniques have resulted in a surge in the energy industry.• Over the next 30 to 50 years, oil, gas and wind production will infuse billions of dollars into the Texas economy.• A multi-jurisdictional Task Force on Texas Energy Sector Roadway Needs has been formed to study the impact of these activities on our states roadways. The task force priorities are: • Safety • Innovation and Prevention • Public Awareness • Funding
    13. 13. Energy Sector Activities• Oil • Bio-Fuel• Natural Gas • Biomass• Wind • Geothermal• Coal • Solar Roadway/Safety ConcernsBridge Impacts/Restrictions Traffic ImpactsNearly 1,200 loaded trucks are needed to bring just one gas wellinto production – the traffic equivalent of roughly 8 million cars.
    14. 14. Well Permits by Year (Cumulative) Source: Texas2002-20102002-20092002-20082002-20072002-20062002-20052002-20042002-20032002 Railroad Commission
    15. 15. Energy Sector Task ForceThe task force is challenged with identifying long-term fundingstrategies and plans to address infrastructure concerns.• Key areas of focus will include the following:• Coordination of efforts• Support of agency activities• Sharing of information• Identification of opportunities for innovation• Identification of opportunities for partnerships• Identification of potential solutions to common issuesThe task force will reports its finding to TxDOT later this year to beused to support the work of the Legislature on interim charges focusedon oversize/overweight vehicles and the energy industry.
    16. 16. Texas’ Ports-to-Plains CorridorTexas will continue Ports to Plains progress withcorridor improvements that:• Enhances freight movement• Promotes economic development• Improves safety• Links communities• Aligns with other strategic priorities of the State • Ports/Panama Canal • Energy Sector • Connections with Other Strategic Corridors