DALLAS – Unless Texas lawmakers tap the brakes in 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation appears ready to accelerate a host of major transportation projects backed by record funding levels.

Under the Texas Transportation Commission's 2017 Unified Transportation Program, $70 billion of projects are in development or planned over the next decade. The TTC, a five-member supervisory board for the Texas Department of Transportation appointed by the governor, is the state's largest issuer of bonds, accounting for more than $24 billion since 2005.

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