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Gville
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:20:40 PM

The sharp increase in heavy traffic from a historic oil boom has damaged many farm-to-market roads in South and East Texas. The damage related to energy development has become so extensive that state and local authorities lack the funding to make all the repairs. Last month, the Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to convert more than 80 miles of paved roads to gravel.

The conversions are expected to start Monday, TxDOT officials said. But the plan has been met with criticism from lawmakers and some of the farmers and ranchers who live near those roads.

"Since paving roads is too expensive and there is not enough funding to repave them all, our only other option to make them safer is to turn them into gravel roads," TxDOT spokesman David Glessner said.
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BBopp
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 5:48:34 AM

The money has to come from somewhere, ultimately the citizens end up paying more.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 1:22:54 AM

Let those who reap the profit pay for the repairs.
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:07:22 PM


It looks like Texas is taking a step back into the dark-ages. So much for the "benefits" from all their oil and gas drilling. These oil corporations have destroyed the roads and done little to contribute to their upkeep or repairs.
FPLREP
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:56:40 AM

Gravel roads are ok, except for the dust.
EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:36:56 AM

I agree with this statement “Texas used to have the best roads” they did. You could discern the difference when entering Texas from other states. Perhaps the counties, oil companies & residents that are profiting from the oil; boom should contribute funds for roads.
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:10:08 AM

I guess they could raise taxes?! Illinois does every time they get in a bind.
leeac
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:55:58 AM

This is another example of Big Oil not paying the total cost of their business.
pricewar
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 3:32:01 AM

Something to gravel over
iFueler
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:51:06 AM


     ok
KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 1:14:57 AM

Say it ain't so --
roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 1:14:00 AM

Makes sense if there is not enough money to maintain all these roads that are being torn up.
LostInNY
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:59:38 AM

Someone has "rocks" in their head...guess highway speed will go down too...
52MPG
Champion Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:28:07 AM

charge the energy developers.
jrschl
Champion Author Louisville

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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:27:29 AM

Now everyone has to suffer.
1GhettoWhipper
Champion Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:18:19 AM

ignor EXPENSE, lean toward SAFETY...........
VanIsleRover
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:08:43 AM

Chip up used tires and shingles off old roofs.
makes a good road surface, no dust.
Recycling...
cheapchickKY
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:05:42 AM

Get the oil companies to pay.
nurdco
Champion Author Colorado Springs

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:15:53 PM

Use concrete not asphalt
jimgraham
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:58:49 PM

WHAT??

The oil and gas companies get a pass when they destroy the roads? If I were a landowner that was impacted by them, I would fix the road so only pickups and cars could get thru - let the farm tractors and wagons go off the road and around the blockade - thru soft ground that would swallow the trucks that are tearing up my road.
schvanda63
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:45:05 PM

I thought we already started this here in Michigan.
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:33:47 PM

More use would mean more fuel. So, shouldn't tax revenue increase?
esq262
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:28:28 PM

Tough times.
davenles
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:19:15 PM

Make the big trucks pay for the repairs.
humblepie
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:18:37 PM

and here I thought the oil companies paid road maintenance on those roads
Discovery02
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:05:49 PM

Texas politicians are an interesting breed.
TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:42:46 PM

When are American's going to snap out of the stupor they are in. Professional politicians have bankrupted the country. The choices start out at rotten and get worse. We will be lucky if we survive with 1 road out of 10 still paved when the worst passes.
agrico
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:32:09 PM

makes no sense - would rather have a bad paved road than a gravel road - cheaper too
Tacodan
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:25:36 PM

One step forward, two steps back ................
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