Tex-Dot Using Gravel For Eagle Ford Roads
Thursday night Tex-dot is kicking rocks to a number of roads in need of repair because of the Eagle Ford Shale boom. Thursday, officials in Austin said they'll revert back to using gravel to repave an 83-mile stretch of road is need of repair, due to the heavy hauling from big rigs.
Tex-Dot officials said hundreds of miles of paved roads that are also scheduled to be repaired will also be fixed with gravel. Tex-dot officials also said shifting back to gravel saves on money, and lowers speeds to improve safety. Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers approved 225-million dollars to fix rural roads across the state. Tex-dot officials added the state needs to spend about 4-billion dollars a year fixing and maintaining the current roads.
Right now as part of the second special session, Texas lawmakers are haggling over a 900-million dollar transportation bill in Austin that would help with road maintenance.
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