Bexar County is working on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that would improve the overall network of roads and highways in the county.
The county is negotiating for a workable tradeoff after the state asked local governments to take over maintenance of the roads, many of which have surpassed their original purpose of connecting Texas communities and are now considered urban thoroughfares.
Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.
Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.
The Texas Department of Transportation project near the Medical Center that was put on hold for over a year will begin turning dirt this month. The grade separation project for Fredericksburg Road is moving forward without its previous bankrupt contractor.
The $14 million project to turn Medical drive into an underpass below Frederickburg road was supposed to start in late 2011, but needed some utility readjustment.
TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said the all clear wasn’t given until August 2012, but by then, Ballenger, the contractor, was running into problems.
The Texas Transportation Commission got an update and harsh words from lawmakers regarding the 83 miles of roadway in South Texas that they are considering converting into gravel.
Texas Department of Transportation Chief Engineer John Barton told the commission that the roads in South Texas where hydraulic fracking is taking place are breaking down faster than anything they’ve ever seen.
If you are about to head out of town for one last time this summer, or are just going to stick around the city on the long weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants you to know there have been some changes made to road-related laws that take effect Sept. 1.
While there is a chance that your naiveté on a few of these matters may get you off with a friendly warning, some of these infractions could cost you some serious money.
Texas Matters: The struggle over the State of Texas' voter ID law is being taken up by everyone from Washington D.C. to Dallas County Commissioners Court. Also on this show: Sen. Ted Cruz talks about defunding the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Perry may or may not be interested in an ACA-created program, and TxDOT is waiting to turn South Texas roads into gravel.
Roads are being worn down with the high volume of heavy-load trucks passing in and out of the Eagle Ford Shale area, causing TxDOT to balance the need for frequent repairs with cost saving measures in their budget.
A paved road costs the agency about $500,000 per mile to maintain, but gravel roads cost about $10,000, so TxDOT wants to convert 83 miles of roadway into gravel, a decision that is being met with opposition from county officials.
A struggling transportation bill during a third special session is losing more and more support, including that of Joe Straus, Texas’ Speaker of the House.
Less than a day into the summer’s third special session, the Texas Senate gave its approval to a transportation bill that failed to pass during a regular session and two consecutive special sessions. But that bill faces an uphill climb in the Texas House, including how the bill is viewed by Straus.