AUSTIN (KXAN) - House Joint Resolution 2 would divert about $900 million a year to roads.
To do that, money from state gasoline taxes that currently goes to education would go instead to transportation. Another final vote needs to happen in the senate before that.
It would be a constitutional amendment. That means voters need to ultimately approve it in November. But it may never happen.
That's because the Senate wants to pay for road projects a different way. Their plan would be to use money from the Rainy Day Fund.
Keep in mind, both plans would each cost about $1 billion dollars. TxDOT had requested $4 billion in new spending.
More money going to TXDOT could make a big difference for local governments like Travis County.
Farm to Market 969, a state highway, is in for a multi-million dollar transformation in the eastern part of Travis County.
"The road goes from four lanes to two lanes, to four lanes to two lanes, and it makes it difficult to pass. A lot of people speed to up to try to get past other people on the road," said Thomas Fritzinfer, who is the president of the homeowners association of the east Austin neighborhood Austin's Colony.
The area between Decker Lane and Hunters Bend Road will see the changes. Fritzinger says he went to county commissioners to get the ball rolling.
"A couple years back I got involved because a good friend of ours ended up dying on this road, a parishioner of our church. We wanted to find a way to stop people from dying," Fritzinger said.
The funding for improvements are coming from TxDOT and money from the county. It's what they call a pass-through finance program.
If transportation legislation gives TxDOT a shot at more money to spend on state highway projects like FM 969, that would free up the county to get county road work done.
"We're hoping TxDOT is successful in getting access to the funds they've been talking about," said Steve Manilla, Travis County Transportation and Natural Resource Executive Director.
"One way of looking at it is, if TxDOT doesn't need us to help pay for their projects, that frees up more funds for us," Manilla said.
In 2011, Travis County had 120 road projects on their plate, totaling $600 million. The county could only spend $200 million, which was enough funding for only 35 of those projects.
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