When the Texas Highway Department was established in Texas in 1917 there were only about 200-thousand cars in Texas.

And those drivers only had fewer than a thousand miles of paved roads in the entire state.

Today the Texas Department of Transportation, TxDot, is responsible for more than 80,000 miles of state paved roads that accommodate more than 25 million vehicles.

Arlene Gauthier

A billboard in the thick of road construction on I-35 near Eisenhauer Road in San Antonio is drawing a lot of reaction. Its message makes you wonder whether TxDOT is apologizing or ashamed of the road. 

The sign reads “One day you’re going to love I-35. Until then, be careful.” When TPR posted a picture of it on our facebook page this week it got more than 13,000 likes, more than 12,000 shares and hundreds of interesting comments.



At 8:50 p.m. Central time Friday,  TxDot's Facebook page stated that all lanes of the I-35 in San Marcos were open, but some delays remained. 

Here's the earlier story.

In what will not be happy news for Memorial Day weekend travelers looking to get out early this evening, Texas Department Of Transportation officials have stated that I-35 north of San Marcos could be closed until 7 p.m. today (Friday), May 22.

Courtesy: The Twitter Feed of @KLTV7

SALADO, Texas — A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions, authorities said.

The truck hit a beam being used to build a bridge across Interstate 35 in Salado, about 40 miles north of Austin. Debris then toppled onto other vehicles, said Department of Transportation spokeswoman Becky Ozuna.

One person was killed and at least three people were taken to hospitals, though the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear, according to the state Department of Public Safety and the local sheriff’s office.

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In the first segment:

The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed expanding Interstate 35 east of San Antonio by constructing 15 miles of elevated lanes that would also be tolls according to a presentation they made Monday night in the city of Schertz.