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Texas Border and Mexican Affairs

Border Colonia Access Program

In 2001 the 77th Legislature passed Senate Bill 1296, introduced by Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. and signed by Governor Perry, which provides $175 million in bond revenues to provide financial assistance to counties for roadway projects serving border colonias. Unpaved and deteriorated roads in many of the state’s border colonia communities cause transportation and drainage problems. The constitutional amendment, approved by the voters of Texas, allowed the Texas Public Finance Authority to issue general obligation bonds to fund roadway improvements connecting colonias to public roads.

The “Border Colonia Access Program” administered by the Texas Department of Transportation is a collaborative effort involving the Office of the Governor, Office of the Secretary of State, Texas Water Development Board, Texas A&M Center for Housing and Urban Development and the 23 border counties.

The Border Colonia Access Program has allowed roadway improvements that have significantly increased the quality of life for our colonia residents. Once impassable dirt roads have now been paved and deteriorating roads have been repaved, improving the overall infrastructure of colonias in Texas.