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The Texas Transportation Commission has approved funding on a highway extension from Houston to Navasota. The stretch of road has been dubbed the "Aggie Highway" because Texas A&M fans and former students use it to travel to College Station.

John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced Thursday that the TTC has approved part of the Unified Transportation Plan for 2014 that will enable work to begin on Highway 249.

The highway will reduce the travel time from College Station to Houston Intercontinental Airport to just over one hour.

"I applaud the hard work of our governor, TxDOT, the Texas Transportation Commission and our legislative and community constituents who have worked for years to make this a reality. Transportation is no less important today than it ever has been in this state and this unique solution to better managing traffic is a great example of the "can do" spirit of this state," said Sharp.

The Aggie Highway is a freeway that would connect the suburbs of Houston to Highway 6 in Navasota. It would specifically extend State Highway 249 in Harris County and connect it to Highway 6 in Grimes County. The TTC authorized $293 million for project development and construction, bringing the total commitment from the state to over $300 million.