Texas Panel Backs Off Proposed Road Transfers

Aug 30, 2013

State transportation officials are backing off an effort to shift the burden for maintaining urban highways to local governments in a bid to save upward of $165 million.

The Texas Transportation Commission heard testimony Thursday on an initiative to have cities and counties take over the repair burden for nearly 1,900 miles of urban highways in 59 cities. But the push by the Texas Department of Transportation has drawn heavy criticism from municipal and county leaders who object to absorbing the added costs for maintenance.

TxDOT, meanwhile, is standing by its intention to convert 83 miles of state highways in some oil-field areas from asphalt to gravel. The agency says it will allow a two-month review period to see if counties step forward to pay for maintaining the paved roads.

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