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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

What is Prop 1? Why do Hays County’s top officials unanimously support it?

WITH VIDEO | Local leaders have lined up behind a ballot initiative that would free up $1.7 billion-plus each year to expand and improve the state’s roadways.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

CAMPO slots $5.7M for Hays County roads

Hays County is expected to take in $5.7 million of the more than $100 million the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will dole out in federal funding for transportation projects over the next four years.

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.

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Bexar among three counties to raise vehicle registration fees

As Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature shot down efforts this year to boost fees statewide for transportation, they also granted exceptions to three Texas counties.

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.

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...

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Transportation funding likely to be a big issue in 2015

When this year’s first special session dramatically concluded last month in the Texas Senate with an energized crowd shouting to block passage of a controversial abortion bill, proponents of the measure were not the only ones upset.

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