U.S. Congressman Ted Poe announced today a $28.5 million earmark he obtained for beautification, erosion prevention, and flood control programs for the Houston area. A component of H.R. 3, The Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, this six-year bill provides $284 billion for the federal highway, transit and highway safety programs. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure by a vote of 417-9.

This funding will be used to beautify Houstons highways with new landscaping, while also helping environmentally by combating erosion, creating flood control, and improving air quality for our area, Congressman Poe said. The large scale landscaping will have a positive impact on economic development by attracting businesses to the area, increasing property values and bringing tourists, visitors, and new consumer attitudes to the region.

The benefits of the large scale landscaping will target three opportunity areas: air quality benefits, storm water management benefits, and improvements to the regions quality of life. Environmentally, trees help mange flood-control problems by catching the water and reducing the rate at which the water hits the ground. Trees also improve air quality by absorbing polluting gases and attaching particulate matter to their leaves.

Poe also partnered with Representative Gene Greens office on a project for U.S. Highway 90. The project will extend US-90 to Beltway 8. Two million dollars was allocated to construct six main lanes from east of Mercury to east of Wallisville.

While a portion of the road is in Green's district, it helps out my constituents in the 2nd District coming from the east in Jefferson and Liberty to have an easier connection to the beltway and Houston, Congressman Poe said.

Congressman Poe worked with the Greater Houston Partnership as well as members of the Texas delegation on this project to ensure that the State received the money for high priority projects including new roads, better bridges, and highway landscaping.

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