2 Aug 2013, 10:24am
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Texas replacing paved roads with gravel

Usually, when a  road is riddled with potholes, the solution is to patch or repave.

But in South Texas, where big trucks servicing the state’s┬álatest oil boom are┬ápulverizing pavement, the state’s answer is to tear up the asphalt and return the roads to gravel. Posted speed limits then have to drop from 55 mph to 30.

While the gas and oil boom is boosting┬ástate revenues by some billion dollars a year,┬áthe Texas Department of Transportation still largely relies on a two-decade old gas tax that inflation has cut in half. Lawmakers just can’t find the gumption to raise the tax, and don’t sound confident about other possibilities.

With the Legislature going into a special session to tackle the problem,┬áKLRN TV’s Rick Casey lays out┬áthe issues in this 4-minute video. Here’s the text.

 

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