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Friday, August 30th, 2013

TxDOT officials address uprising on cost-cutting plans

More than a dozen city and county officials from across the state urged the Texas Department of Transportation on Thursday to hold off on two controversial cost-cutting plans.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

TxDOT’s cost-cutting plans draw local outrage

State and local officials across Texas are urging the state Department of Transportation to slam the brakes on two controversial cost-cutting measures.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

TxDOT plan to convert roads to gravel begins despite pushback

Last month, the Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to convert more than 80 miles of paved roads to gravel.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Lawmakers pass roads cash plan, adjourn special session

The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Route to deal on cash for roads remains hazy

The effort to avert gridlock on Texas roads has brought gridlock to the Texas Capitol.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Transportation funding bill fails in House

A months-long effort to pass a controversial measure to boost transportation funding fell 16 votes short in the Texas House on Monday, dooming its chances in the current special session and setting the stage for Gov. Rick...

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

With time running out, lawmakers scramble on road plans

Gov. Rick Perry and various members of the House and Senate began openly talking about a possible third special session late Wednesday as efforts to find a compromise transportation funding proposal appeared to hit an impasse.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Senate takes step toward transportation funding fix

Despite concerns raised by both Republicans and Democrats, senators on Tuesday tentatively passed a resolution that aims to solve the state's transportation funding woes by diverting future revenue from the Rainy Day Fund.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

TxDOT looks to private funds to close funding gaps

In its first meeting after a legislative session in which requests for transportation funding fell billions of dollars short of requests, the Texas Transportation Commission voted Thursday to open the door to allowing private firms to take...

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

As Texas grows, infrastructure shrinks

Touting Texas’ low taxes and light regulations, Gov. Rick Perry has relished trying to poach jobs from other states. In February, he described building a business in California as “next to impossible.” Last month, he warned Illinois...

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