TxDOT

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.

Ryan E. Poppe

Plans to add toll lanes to sections of Austin and Dallas roadways have been scrapped. The Texas Transportation Commission removed the two projects, following intense pressure from state leaders.


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.

State of Texas / Department of Transportation

A major highway closure is taking place this weekend in San Antonio.  TxDOT will close the main lanes of I-10 in both directions at Fair Oaks Parkway beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

In order to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible, TxDOT has created some two-lane exit ramps to the access roads.

“What we’re actually going to do is convert this small section from the temporary ramp, up to Fair Oaks Parkway,” said TxDOT engineer Joe Mendez. “We’re going to make sure that traffic is only traveling in one direction.”

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Despite multiple failed attempts in past legislative sessions, Texas is one of four states with no law against texting and driving.

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