Proposition 1

Written by  Karen Rove, President, Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

In Local Terms
As Election Day draws near, the Chapter becomes more focused on educating its members on the merits of Proposition One. With mere months to go before The Big Day, the time to get the word out to your friends, family and community is now.

While there is a slew of information, facts and statistics supporting the critical need for the passage of Prop. 1, it is our hope that one portion of it resonates with our readers more than the rest—something you feel comfortable taking to your community and putting your name behind. I urge you to contact your chapter staff and discuss with them which materials will fit you best.

Texas’ traditional pay-as-you-go system for building and maintaining roads no longer works because the cost of construction and maintenance has surpassed the old funding model. State highway funding hasn’t come close to keeping up with demand, and so borrowing and bonding have replaced traditional funding methods in order to keep ahead of the crisis. And with 80,000 miles of roads under the state’s responsibility, the crisis is coming fast. In fact, if nothing changes, Texas runs out of money to build new roads by 2016.

Proposition 1 will use a portion of the oil and gas production tax revenue for the sole purpose of constructing, maintaining, and acquiring rights-of-way for public roadways other than toll roads. The measure will provide for $1.4 billion annually to this end. It also requires TxDOT to reduce its long-term debt by $100 million through savings and cost reductions (but not at the expense of transportation projects).

This is a giant step towards aligning highway funding with demand. And passage of the amendment will demonstrate to lawmakers that Texans are serious about resolving their mobility issues. This will be compelling evidence come session time when legislators look for an additional $4 billion in annual funding for highways.

Personally, although all the materials created by Texas Infrastructure Now have their value, my favorite for AGC members has to be the document illustrating the district impact of Prop. 1. These data drill down to the community level and demonstrate the effect that passage of Prop. 1 can have on a district. I encourage you to look below to see what impact passage of Prop. 1 can have on your community, and to share this information with the members of your community.

With all of us working to educate those around us, this amendment will pass by a margin big enough to make the legislators take notice. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Chapter Office. The staff there is ready to help you in any way they can. Now let’s go get Prop. 1 passed.

Local Impact Data

Abilene District
The Abilene highway district has averaged $49.7 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into nearly 500 direct jobs and another 900 indirect jobs for a total 1,400 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Abilene district is projected to award $27.1 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents the six-year average – a $22.6 million decline in and a loss of 600 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in Abilene receiving an additional $12.9 million per year based on the six- year historical average. Prop 1 would mean nearly 400 additional highway construction related jobs for the Abilene district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Abilene district would experience a net loss of more than 200 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Amarillo District
The Amarillo highway district has averaged $73.5 million per year in construction awards over the past six years.

That translates into 700 direct jobs and another 1,300 indirect jobs for a total 2,000 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Amarillo district is projected to award $40 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $33 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 900 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in Amarillo receiving an additional $19.1 million per year based on the sixyear average historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 500 highway construction related jobs doe the Amarillo district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing the Amarillo district would experience a net loss of 400 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Atlanta District
The Atlanta highway district has averaged $83.7 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 800 direct jobs and another 1,500 indirect jobs for a total 2,300 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Atlanta district is projected to award $45.7 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $38 million decline in the six-year average – and

a loss of more than 1,000 jobs. Prop 1 would result in Atlanta receiving an additional $21.8 million per year based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 600 highway construction related jobs for the Amarillo district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Amarillo district would experience a net loss of 400 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Austin District
The Austin highway district has averaged $356.3 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 3,400 direct jobs and another 6,500 indirect jobs for a total 9,900 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Austin district is projected to award $194.5 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $161.8 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 4,500 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Austin highway district receiving an additional $92.7 million per year based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean nearly 2,600 additional highway construction related jobs for the Austin district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Austin district would experience a net loss of 1,900 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Beaumont District
The Beaumont highway district has averaged $116.1 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 1,100 direct jobs and another 2,100 indirect jobs for a total 3,200 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Beaumont district is projected to award $63.4 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $52.7 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of nearly 1,500 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Beaumont highway district receiving an additional $30.2 million per year based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean more than 800 additional highway construction related jobs for the Beaumont district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Beaumont district would experience a net loss of more than 600 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Brownwood District
The Brownwood highway district has averaged $34.3 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 325 direct jobs and more than 600 indirect jobs for a total 950 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Brownwood district is projected to award $18.7 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $15.6 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of more than 400 jobs. Prop 1 would result in the Brownwood highway district receiving an additional $8.9 million per year based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean 248 additional highway construction related jobs for the Brownwood district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Brownwood district would experience a net loss of 185 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Bryan District
The Bryan highway district has averaged $102.4 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into nearly 1,000 direct jobs and another 1,870 indirect jobs for approximately2,850 road constructionrelated jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Bryan district is projected to award $55.9 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $46.5 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of nearly 1,300 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in Bryan receiving an additional $26.6 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean nearly 750 additional highway construction related jobs for the Bryan district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Bryan district would experience a net loss of approximately 550 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Childress District
The Childress highway district has averaged $33.1 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into more than 300 direct jobs and another 600 indirect jobs for more than 900 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Childress district is projected to award $18.1 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $15 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of at least 400 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in Childress receiving an additional $8.6 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 240 highway construction related jobs for the Childress district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Childress district would experience a net loss of approximately 200 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Corpus Christi District
The Corpus Christi highway district has averaged $162.7 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into more than 1,500 direct jobs and nearly 3,000 indirect jobs for more than 4,500 road constructionrelated jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Corpus Christi district is projected to award $88.8 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $74 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of more than 2,000 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in Corpus Christi receiving an additional $42.3 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean nearly 1,200 highway construction related jobs for the Corpus Christi district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Corpus Christi district would experience a net loss of nearly 900 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Dallas District
The Dallas highway district has averaged $1.3 billion per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into nearly 12,500 direct jobs and nearly 24,000 indirect jobs for a total of 36,408 road constructionrelated jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Dallas district is projected to award $714.4 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $600 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of approximately 16,500 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Dallas district receiving an additional $340.6 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean nearly 9,500 additional highway construction related jobs for the Dallas district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Dallas district would experience a net loss of approximately 7,000 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

EL PASO DISTRICT
The El Paso highway district has averaged $150.5 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 1,435 direct jobs and 2,750 indirect jobs for nearly 4,200 road constructionrelated jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the El Paso district is projected to award $82.2 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $68.3 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 1,900 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the El Paso district receiving an additional $39.2 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 1,100 highway construction related jobs for the El Paso district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the El Paso district would experience a net loss of approximately 800 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

FORT WORTH DISTRICT
The Fort Worth highway district has averaged $649.2 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six-years.

That translates into 6,192 direct jobs and nearly 11,900 indirect jobs for approximately 18,000 road constructionrelated jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Fort Worth district is projected to award $354.4 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $294.8 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 8,200 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Fort Worth district receiving an additional $168.9 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 4,700 highway construction related jobs for the Fort Worth district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Fort Worth district would experience a net loss of approximately 3,500 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Houston District
The Houston highway district has averaged $851.1 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into more than 8,100 direct jobs and almost 16,000 indirect jobs for a total of nearly 24,000 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Houston district is projected to award $464.6 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $386.4 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of nearly 11,000 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in Houston receiving an additional $221.5 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 6,200 highway construction related jobs for the Houston district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Houston district would experience a net loss of approximately 4,500 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Laredo District
The Laredo highway district has averaged $95.7 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 913 direct jobs and 1,750 indirect jobs for 2,663 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Laredo district is projected to award $52.3 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $43.4 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 1,200 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Laredo district receiving an additional $24.9 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 693 highway construction related jobs for the Laredo district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Laredo district would experience a net loss of more than 500 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Lubbock District
The Lubbock highway district has averaged $83.5 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into nearly 800 direct jobs and approximately 1,500 indirect jobs for more than 2,300 road constructionrelated jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Lubbock district is projected to award $45.6 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $37.9 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 1,055 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Lubbock district receiving an additional $21.7 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 600 highway construction related jobs for the Lubbock district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Lubbock district would experience a net loss of 450 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Lufkin District
The Lufkin highway district has averaged $83.3 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 794 direct jobs and more than 1,500 indirect jobs for approximately 2,300 road constructionrelated jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Lufkin district is projected to award $45.5 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $37.8 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 1,050 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Lufkin district receiving an additional $21.7 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 600 highway construction related jobs for the Laredo district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Lufkin district would experience a net loss of more than 400 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Odessa District
The Odessa highway district has averaged $54.6 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 521 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs for more than 1,500 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Odessa district is projected to award $29.8 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $24.8 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 690 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Odessa district receiving an additional $14.2 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 395 highway construction related jobs for the Odessa district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Odessa district would experience a net loss of approximately 300 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Paris District
The Paris highway district has averaged $92.1 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 878 direct jobs and nearly 1,700 indirect jobs for approximately 2,500 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Paris district is projected to award $50.3 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $41.8 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 1,164 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Paris district receiving an additional $23.9 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 667 highway construction related jobs for the Paris district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Paris district would experience a net loss of approximately 500 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Pharr District
The Pharr highway district has averaged $157.2 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 1,499 direct jobs and 2,875 indirect jobs for 4,374 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Pharr district is projected to award $85.8 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $71.4 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of nearly 2,000 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Pharr district receiving an additional $40.9 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 1,139 highway construction related jobs for the Pharr district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Pharr district would experience a net loss of approximately 850 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

San Angelo District
The San Angelo highway district has averaged $42.7 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six-years.

That translates into 407 direct jobs and nearly 800 indirect jobs for approximately 1,200 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the San Angelo district is projected to award $23.3 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $19.4 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 539 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the San Angelo district receiving an additional $11.1 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 309 highway construction related jobs for the San Angelo district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the San Angelo district would experience a net loss of approximately 225 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

San Antonio District
The San Antonio highway district has averaged $257.1 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 2,452 direct jobs and approximately 4,700 indirect jobs for 7,152 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the San Antonio district is projected to award $140.3 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $116.8 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of approximately 3,250 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the San Antonio district receiving an additional $66.9 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 1,862 highway construction related jobs for the San Antonio district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the San Antonio district would experience a net loss of approximately 1,400 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Tyler District
The Tyler highway district has averaged $93.8 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 895 direct jobs and 1,700 indirect jobs for approximately 2,600 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Tyler district is projected to award $51.2 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $42.6 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 1,185 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Tyler district receiving an additional $24.4 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 679 highway construction related jobs for the Tyler district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Tyler district would experience a net loss of approximately 500 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Waco District
The Waco highway district has averaged $318.8 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 3,041 direct jobs and more than 5,800 indirect jobs for 8,871 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Waco district is projected to award $174.1 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $144.7 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 4,028 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Waco district receiving an additional $82.9 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 2,309 highway construction related jobs for the Waco district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Waco district would experience a net loss of approximately 1,700 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Wichita Falls District
The Wichita Falls highway district has averaged $46.2 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 441 direct jobs and 846 indirect jobs for nearly 1,300 road construction related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Wichita Falls district is projected to award $25.2 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $21 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 584 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Wichita Falls district receiving an additional $12 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 335 highway construction related jobs for the Wichita Falls district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Wichita Falls district would experience a loss of approximately 250 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

Yoakum District
The Yoakum highway district has averaged $82.8 million per year in construction contract awards over the past six years.

That translates into 790 direct jobs and approximately 1,500 indirect jobs for 2,300 road construction-related jobs in 2014.

Based on historical allocations, the Yoakum district is projected to award $45.2 million worth of projects in fiscal year 2016, which represents a $37.6 million decline in the six-year average – and a loss of 1,046 jobs.

Prop 1 would result in the Yoakum district receiving an additional $21.6 million based on the six-year historical average. Prop 1 would mean an additional 600 highway construction related jobs for the Yoakum district.

However, even with Prop 1 passing, the Yoakum district would experience a net loss of more than 400 road construction related jobs (based on the six year historical average).

State Totals:
Direct construction jobs,
2014………….51,298

Indirect jobs,
2014………………………98,363

Total jobs,
2014:………………………..149,661

Total Jobs lost 2014 to 2016
(Based on average 2009-2014 letting and award)



MediaEDGE Logo sml