During the last year, the state saw military building boom in several regions, spurred on by BRAC and other military-operations funding. The K-12 sector enjoyed continued building as a result of bond programs passed by voters in previous years. ARRA funds jump-started some small and not-so-small highway projects and other needed infrastructure. Along the Gulf Coast, the industrial sector continued to expand. And sectors such as health care and multi-family housing saw the topping out or completion of several multi-million dollar projects. Quite a few seemingly frivolous, so-called "vanity" projects such as the $1.5-billion new stadium home of the Dallas Cowboys managed to finish up despite the challenges of a down economy.
Now, as firms catch up to backlogs and TxDOT says there may be fewer projects let due to funding shortfalls, will the recession finally catch up with the Lone Star State or will our luck continue? We want to know what our readers think. Take our outlook poll by clicking here. Our one-click survey requires no registration. (I promise.) It asks simply: How do you see construction opportunities in Texas during 2010?
The results of the readers poll will be published in our January 2010 outlook feature, so stay tuned.