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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 on a larger role in some road projects.

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...

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Video: Are Texans having ‘toll road fatigue’?

At Thursday's TribLive conversation, State Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Larry Phillips talked about whether Texans are having “toll road fatigue” and the impact that toll roads are having on traffic congestion.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Aquarena Springs overpass moving forward

The city of San Marcos Engineering Department and the Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house on Thursday, March 21 to discuss plans and take public comment on construction of an overpass on Aquarena Springs...

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Consultants forecast $60 million in FM 110 tax revenue [PRO]

New and existing development along FM 110 could generate as much as $60.7 million in county property tax revenue over the next quarter century, consultants told the Hays County Commissioners Court this morning.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Texas lawmaker files bill to regulate self-driving cars

Two weeks after Google showcased its self-driving car to local officials in Austin, a Texas lawmaker has filed a bill attempting to regulate the use of the futuristic technology.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Republican senator proposes tax hike for transportation

Bucking his party and the state’s leadership, state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, filed a bill Wednesday proposing a constitutional amendment to temporarily raise the state sales tax to pay off billions of dollars in bond debt accrued...

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Hays County, TxDOT strike $123 million roads deal [PRO]

County and state officials have informally struck a deal that would spend $123 million on building and design for new and expanded highways in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and points in between.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Commissioners welcome I-35 roadside assistance program

The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday officially welcomed the Highway Emergency Response Operator program to Hays County.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Legislature’s motto? Go big or go home

Following Monday’s rosy budget estimate from Comptroller Susan Combs, there is widespread interest among state leaders to make large investments in Texas' future this session, specifically billion-dollar commitments to water and transportation projects that prepare Texas for...

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