Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Transportation:

An Inventory of Department of Transportation Selected Building Facility Bid Proposals at the Texas State Archives, 1985, 1993-1997



Overview

Creator: Texas. Dept. of Transportation.
Title: Department of Transportation selected building facility bid proposals
Dates: 1985, 1993-1997
Abstract: The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in cooperation with local and regional officials, is responsible for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the state's transportation system. This includes the design and construction of facilities for TxDOT to use in carrying out its functions. Records are successful bid proposals for significant renovations or additions to existing buildings owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, or construction of new facilities for TxDOT, dating 1985, 1993-1997.
Quantity: 4 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in cooperation with local and regional officials, is responsible for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the state's transportation system. This involves planning, designing, and acquiring right-of-way for state highways and other modes of transportation; researching issues to save lives and solve problems; constructing bridges and improving airports; and maintaining roadways, bridges, airports, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and ferry systems. Other functions carried out by TxDOT include public transportation, vehicle titles and registration, vehicle dealer registration, motor carrier registration, traffic safety, traffic information, and auto theft prevention.

The Texas Highway Department was created in 1917 (House Bill 2, 35th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to stimulate the building and improvement of roads throughout the state. The Federal Aid Road Act of July 11, 1916 (39 Stat. 355; 16 U.S.C. 503; 23 U.S.C. 15, 48), signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, initiated federal aid for highways with the requirement that each state receiving aid have a state highway department that controlled the building of roads. The Department was to administer federal funds to counties for state highway construction and maintenance and to provide for state motor vehicle registration, fees from which were to generate the state's required matching funds. The department began operation on June 4, 1917. After gathering information at public hearings over that summer, the commission proposed an 8,865-mile state highway network. Further influence from the national level came with the Federal Highway Act of 1921, which required state highway departments to control the design, construction and maintenance of roads rather than follow Texas' practice of allowing counties to undertake the work themselves with oversight from department engineers.

In 1969 the Legislature created the Texas Mass Transportation Commission (House Bill 738, 61st Legislature, Regular Session) to develop public mass transportation in Texas. This agency was merged with the Highway Department in 1975, creating the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (Senate Bill 761, 64th Legislature, Regular Session). An executive order of May 1976 transferred the Governor's Office of Traffic Safety to the Department. The Texas Department of Transportation was created in 1991 (House Bill 9, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session), merging the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, the Texas Department of Aviation (created as the Texas Aeronautics Commission in 1945, name changed to Texas Board of Aviation in 1989); and the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission (created in 1971). In 1997 the Texas Turnpike Authority merged with the Texas Department of Transportation (Senate Bill 370, 75th Legislature, Regular Session).

The Texas Department of Transportation's governing body is the Texas Transportation Commission, originally composed of three members, increased to five in 2003 (Senate Bill 409, 78th Legislature, Regular Session). Commissioners are representatives of the general public appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms. Since 2003, one of the members must represent rural Texas. The positions are part-time salaried positions, and the chair (appointed by the governor) was originally called the commissioner of transportation; since 2003, each member is referred to as a commissioner.

The Design Division guides the development of construction projects, from preliminary engineering to the completion of plans, specifications and estimates for construction bidding. The division also manages federal funds and letting schedules, as well as oversees professional services contracts. The Construction Division provides general oversight of the letting, management and administration of highway construction contracts.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); An Informal History of the Texas Department of Transportation, by Hilton Hagan (2000) (previously available on the TxDOT website, the link has since been removed); and divisional information, found on the agency's website ( http://www.dot.state.tx.us/about_us/) accessed June 2008.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in cooperation with local and regional officials, is responsible for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the state's transportation system. This includes the design and construction of facilities for TxDOT to use in carrying out its functions. Records are successful bid proposals for significant renovations or additions to existing buildings owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, or construction of new facilities for TxDOT, dating 1985, 1993-1997. The proposals contain specifications, cost estimates, project time lines, and other construction data. Some proposals are accompanied by reduced building plans and drawings. According to the agency, all of these projects were completed. Projects include the renovation of the Judge Roy Bean Visitors Center and Opera House in Langtry, additions and/or improvements to the Austin Headquarters and the Greater Houston Traffic Management Center, additions to department structures at Camp Mabry in Austin, additions and/or improvements to regional offices or maintenance facilities in several cities, and construction of new facilities for the agency, generally at the district or regional level. Blueprints and drawings are maintained at the agency for the life of the asset; engineering or other technical data is maintained at the agency for an unspecified length of time, basically as long as it is needed for any repairs or improvements.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged as received from the agency.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Dept. of Transportation--Buildings.
Subjects:
Public buildings--Texas--Design and construction.
Public buildings--Texas--Maintenance and repair.
Document Types:
Proposals--Texas--Public buildings--1985, 1993-1997.
Specifications--Texas--Public buildings--1985, 1993-1997.
Functions:
Maintaining public buildings.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Transportation, Transportation Commission minutes and agenda, 1991-2005, 2.25 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Department of Transportation selected building facility bid proposals. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2008/154

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Transportation on June 13, 2008.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, June 2008

Appraisal Information

These records were appraised as archival by State Archives staff on June 6, 2008. The Archives staff is keeping selected building proposals, with the Archives staff choosing which projects will be documented and which reports can be disposed of. For more information, see the appraisal report. A copy of the appraisal report is online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/index.html or in paper at the State Archives reading room.

Accruals

Annual transfers of proposals are anticipated.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Department of Transportation building facility bid proposals, 1985, 1993-1997,
4 cubic ft.

Box
2008/154-1 Odessa - Construction of an area engineer's lab building, including site improvements, 1997
Dallas - Construction of the Dallas District lab, including site improvements, 1997
Dumas - Construction of an area engineering and maintenance building, including site improvements, 1997
Houston - Addition to and renovation of district office building and outside utilities and ground improvements, 1985
Laredo District - Construction of a district office administration building, shops building, lab, fuel island, steam wash bay, and hazardous materials storage, including site improvements, 1995
Laredo District - Construction of District Headquarters, 1994
Bryan District - Construction of an engineering and maintenance building, including site improvements, 1996
Dallas, District 18 - Construction of district office annex building and radio and traffic signal shop building, including site improvements, 1993
[2 volumes]
Box
2008/154-2 Beaumont District, Jasper - Construction of a maintenance and engineering building, including site improvements, 1995
Dallas District, Corsicana - Construction of a maintenance and engineering building, including site improvements, revised, 1995
[volume and folder]
Amarillo District - Addition to and renovation of a travel information center, including site improvements, 1994
Fort Worth District, Stephenville - Construction of a maintenance and engineering building, including site improvements, revision 2, 1995
Houston District, Conroe and Houston - Area engineering and maintenance buildings, including site improvements and service station and lab building, including site improvements, 1995
[2 volumes]
Yoakum District - Victoria, Construction of a maintenance and engineering building, including site improvements, 1995
Box
2008/154-3 Abilene District, Baird - Construction of a general maintenance building, including site improvements, 1995
Austin Headquarters - Construction of a vehicle shop for transportation, planning and programming building 42a on Bull Creek Road, 1997
Austin Headquarters - Construction of a vehicle shop at Bull Creek campus, Camp Hubbard, 1997
Austin Headquarters - Renovation of building 500, including site improvements, Camp Hubbard Annex on Bull Creek Road, 1995
Houston District - Construction of Greater Houston Traffic Management Center on old Katy Road, including site improvements, 1994
[2 volumes, 2 addendums, 2 sets of proposed plans]
Brownwood District - Construction of an area engineering and maintenance facility addition, including site improvements, 1996
Box
2008/154-4 Pharr District, San Benito - Construction of an area engineering office building in San Benito and a lab annex in Pharr, including site improvements, 1997
El Paso District - Construction of an area engineering and maintenance building, including site improvements, at Loop 375 and Pellicano Drive, 1996
El Paso District - Construction of an engineering addition to the Hondo Pass maintenance facility, including site improvements, 1997
Paris District, Emory - Construction of a maintenance building, including site improvements, 1997
[1 volume and set of plans]
Austin - Renovation of the basement, first and second floors in the Dewitt C. Greer Building, 1994
Brownwood District, San Saba - Construction of a maintenance office addition, including site improvements, 1996
Laredo District, Langtry - Renovation of the Judge Roy Bean Visitors Center and Opera House, including site improvements, 1996