The Texas Department of Transportation has launched an initiative that allows people to take over a portion of Interstate 10 from Interstate 40 to Highway 8 in the Houston area.
The Highway 8 bridge will be opened in 2019.
The initiative will be used to expand the network of highway toll roads that extend from the border with Mexico to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The state will also open two more toll roads in the Dallas area, which are currently under construction.
Texas Transportation Secretary David Dewhurst said the highway initiative will open up more highway capacity for Texans, and encourage more traffic.
“We are trying to get more drivers into our state, and we want more Texans to have the option of being able to drive on these roads,” Dewhurst told reporters in Austin.
In a statement, Texas Department the Texas Toll Road Administration said the initiative is an extension of the state’s existing Toll Roads Capacity Expansion Program.
The program was established in 2015 to encourage Texas’ states and localities to improve and expand their highways and bridge networks to accommodate the growing demand for mobility.
State highway and bridge authority officials will announce details of the project in coming weeks, but Dewhurst is hopeful that the initiative will help boost the state economy.
“The initiative will allow us to continue to expand capacity and the infrastructure that connects our region to the rest of the United States, including the Gulf Coast,” Dewdensaid.
“Our state is poised to become one of the most highly developed and productive in the country.”