Hurd Paves Way for Improved West Texas Infrastructure

July 12, 2019
Press Release
‘It is imperative that West Texans have access to safe, reliable highways to accommodate increasing traffic.’

WASHINGTON, DC –Today U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) continued to fight for West Texas infrastructure improvements by penning a bipartisan letter of support with 21 members of the Texas delegation to U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the Permian Basin to receive funds through DoT’s BUILD grant program.

Last year, Hurd was instrumental in securing $25 million in BUILD grant funding for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)’s Texas Energy Sector Rural Improvement Program to improve roads impacted by the Permian Basin energy boom in Winkler, Reagan and Glasscock counties. The state of Texas prioritized these projects and matched this amount, with a combined total of $50 million going toward these West Texas counties.

“The Permian Basin energy sector employs 444,000 people, fuels ten percent of our state’s economy and produces thirty percent of our nation’s oil and gas. With production in the Permian projected to double in the next five years, it is imperative that West Texans have access to safe, reliable highways to accommodate increasing traffic,” said Hurd, who represents nearly one third of the Permian Basin. “We welcomed last year’s grant funding, but there’s still more work to do. These funds will allow TxDOT to connect the needs of local residents with state and national planning efforts, so that hardworking West Texans can continue to power our economy safely. I am proud to continue to fight for my constituents and TxDOT for these much-needed infrastructure improvements, and I will continue to deliver real results for South and West Texans.”

“We are deeply appreciative to Congressman Will Hurd for his hard work on behalf of the State of Texas,” said J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission.  “Congressman Hurd personally led the effort to develop a bipartisan letter of support for Texas’ BUILD grant applications to bring federal dollars to Texas’ Energy Sector.  Will and I have worked together on many Permian Basin issues since his election to Congress.  His leadership and commitment to our state have been crucial to Texas’ thriving oil and gas industry.”

Rep. Hurd was joined in this effort to fight for West Texas roads by fellow Texas Reps. Michael Conaway (TX-11),  Kevin Brady (TX-08), Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Pete Olson (TX-22), Vincente Gonzalez (TX-15), Jodey Arrington (TX-19), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Ron Wright (TX-06), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Brian Babin (TX-36), Michael Cloud (TX-27), Marc Veasey (TX-33), Filemon Vela (TX-34), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Van Taylor (TX-03) and Chip Roy (TX-21).