In another sign of the drastic actions many states are taking to deal with shortages in road funding, Texas has begun turning 83 miles of paved roads to gravel.
Texas Department of Transportation officials said that without new funding they cannot afford to maintain asphalt roads that are deteriorated, most of which are in the newer oil and gas development areas.
“Our job is to provide the drivers with safe roads,” TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson said in an Aug. 28 statement. “We believe our plan to potentially convert . . . significantly damaged roads in the energy sector is the safe and sensible solution with TxDOT’s available funding.”
The state on Aug. 19 started turning two road segments to gravel. One…
By Michele Fuetsch, Staff Reporter
This story appears in the Sept. 9 print edition of Transport Topics.