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Katy Freeway
Location Houston, Texas
Project Sponsor Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Mode Toll Road / Managed Lanes
Description

The Katy Freeway is the Houston region's major east-west highway, extending 40 miles from the Central Business District west to the Brazos River. Constructed in the 1960s with three lanes per direction and two frontage lanes to accommodate approximately 80,000 vehicles per day, forty years later volumes were approaching three times those levels with chronic congestion lasting up to 11 hours a day.

TxDOT completed a major five-year reconstruction of a 12-mile section of the Katy Freeway from west of SH 6 to the I-10/610 interchange in October 2008. The reconstruction widened the Katy to provide six general purpose highway lanes in each direction and two variably priced high occupancy toll lanes in the median of the highway. The financing of the $2.8 billion project has involved an innovative collaboration between TxDOT and the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA), combining toll backed debt with more traditional grant funding.

Cost $2.79 billion
Funding Sources Federal funds
$1,421 million (Federal aid receipts)
State funds
$1,113 million (motor fuel tax receipts, vehicle license fees, other fees)
HCTRA
$238 million (toll receipts)
Other Local funds
$17.7 million (grants from HCTRA, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, City of Houston, Energy Corridor District)
Project Delivery/
Contract Method
Design-Bid-Build
Private Partner None
Project Advisors/
Consultants
GEC: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Contractors: Williams Brothers and Balfour Beatty
Lenders None
Duration / Status The project broke ground in 2003, and was completed in October 2008
Financial Status Closed
Innovations
  • First multi-lane electronic tollway in the nation with full design standards operating in the right-of-way of an interstate highway and providing multiple entrance and exit locations to drivers
  • Project completed without any federal earmarks
  • Use of Federal-aid leveraging mechanisms including Partial Conversion of Advance Construction, Tapered Match, and Toll Credits
  • Innovative financial partnership between a state DOT and a local toll authority
Related Links / Articles Program Overview
Funding Outline
Contacts Tanya McWashington
Public Information Officer
Katy Freeway Reconstruction Program
11757 Katy Freeway, Suite 500
Houston, TX 77079
Tel: (281) 589-5969
Fax: (281) 759-5164