Texas Department of Transportation

From Texas Standard.

When you think about the challenges of roadway construction, obstacles above the ground come to mind – getting over or through mountains, rivers, and the like. What’s under the ground isn’t usually on most people’s minds.

On Loop 88, a project just west of Lubbock, the Texas Department of Transportation found something unexpected: bones.

From Texas Standard:

In an attempt to manage the growing congestion on Texas highways, and corresponding rates of frustration for drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, has been implementing what could be called  a market-driven approach to driving. Rather than spend more state dollars on highway-building, Texas has turned to the private sector, which has built toll roads where the cost to drivers fluctuates with traffic demand.

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Starting in May, Texas Clear Lane Projects will expand U.S. Highway 281 from Loop 1604 to Stone Oak Parkway to relieve traffic. The highway will have a total of twelve lanes, including frontage roads. 


State and city officials gathered along U.S. Highway 281 this morning for a groundbreaking to celebrate the highway’s expansion. Governor Greg Abbott attributed San Antonio’s traffic problems to its growing workforce.