Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program

Statewide Transportation Enhancement Project Examples
Category 3: Acquisition of Scenic Easements and Scenic or Historic Properties
  • Acquire real property which possess significant aesthetic, historic, natural, visual or open space value.
  • Acquire historic bridges, historic transportation buildings and land adjacent to a historic site.
  • The property should enhance the transportation user's experience of the surface transportation system.

Example Project #1

Project Name: Edinburg Southern Pacific Depot Restoration

Location: City of Edinburg

Project Description: The City of Edinburg purchased and renovated the historic Southern Pacific Depot located on SH 107. This historic depot was built in 1927 and was the center of rail transportation that made the Rio Grange Valley a focal point for trade and commerce. The renovation of this facility provides offices for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. The depot also serves a visitor's center displaying historic train exhibits.

District or Division: Pharr District

Federal Funds:$400,000

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Edinburg Depot before restoration Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, the Edinburg Depot remained vacant for about 10 years prior to restoration.
Completed restoration Completion of the depot restoration included landscaping and providing a parking area for the new use of the facility.
Original masonry arched windows Removal of past renovations revealed the original masonry arched windows and verandas along the North and West façade, providing both indoor and outdoor areas for visitors.
Completed restoration The Edinburg Southern Pacific Depot provides an excellent example of Spanish Colonial Style architecture and worthy of preservation.

Example Project #2

Project Name: North Padre Island Scenic Acquisition.

Location: North Padre Island

Project Description: Through this project the State of Texas acquired approximately 4000 acres of property on both sides of Park Road 22 on North Padre Island. Park Road 22 accesses the Padre Island National Seashore (governed by the National Park Service). The acquisition of this property will preserve its aesthetic qualities as well as protect the view along the major tourist route.

District or Division: Corpus Christi District

Federal Funds: $3,520,000

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View acroos dunes towards Laguna Madre A view of Laguna Madre peeks out from behind the grassy dunes, ideal for bird watching.
Dirt access roads Dirt roads off Park Road 22, are the only accesses into the property open to the general public.
Marsh grasses lining Park Poad 22 Marsh grasses line Park Rd 22 leading into the Padre Island National Sea Shore.
View of State owned fishing cabins State owned fishing cabins are located throughout the shore area. This one is across the bay from the Flour Bluff section of the City of Corpus Christi.

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