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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Much at stake as LCRA chooses new leader

To understand the level of crisis facing the Lower Colorado River Authority, look no further than the three-page job description the agency has drafted in its search for a new general manager.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Work begins on Hopkins, Aquarena interstate interchanges

Construction has begun on a pair of new interchanges where Aquarena Springs Drive (Loop 82) and Hopkins Street (Texas 80) cross under Interstate 35.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

TxDOT plans overpass at Texas 123, Wonder World [PRO]

Texas Department of Transportation officials plan to build an overpass that will take traffic on Texas 123 up and over Wonder World Drive on San Marcos’ eastern outskirts.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Worsening Austin traffic prompts talk of toll road swap

As congestion worsens on Interstate 35 through Austin, state leaders are seriously discussing a drastic response: tolling the highway's lanes in the city and making part of the nearby State Highway 130 toll road free.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Cash-strapped TxDOT saves money with new asphalt mix

Not everything is bigger these days in Texas, where state highway engineers have developed thinner paving mixes that work better than old-style asphalt coatings, last longer and save the state millions of dollars.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Texas 130 operators could crumble under massive debt

A year ago this week, a toll road opened in Central Texas that represented two milestones for the state. While its posted 85 mph speed limit — the highest in the country — drew international headlines, many...

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

TxDOT hoping ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ provides more cash

The Texas Department of Transportation has long been protective of its beloved anti-littering slogan, "Don't Mess With Texas." Since debuting the now-iconic phrase in 1986, agency officials have regularly pursued legal action to block unauthorized use of...

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

County approves $5K to designate Randy Vetter memorial

The Hays County Commissioners Court this afternoon appropriated $5,000 to help pay for road signs honoring a state trooper killed 13 years ago during a traffic stop on Interstate 35.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Graveling over funding holes, some visible, some not

The ongoing conversion of paved roads to gravel is an embarrassment to Texas. Other funding gaps are harder to see.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

County holding hearing on proposed FM 110 funding plan

Perennially looking for a way to fund a long-anticipated eastern loop around San Marcos, the Hays County Commissioners Court continues to consider an arrangement that would dedicate a portion of county property tax revenue collected from eastern...

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