Lawmakers Hunt for Cash to Fix Roads Hit by Drilling

An assortment of state lawmakers, county officials and energy industry leaders are working this session to fix the growing number of roads torn up as a result of increased drilling activity.

“Roads that are designed for a 20-year-life are being used in five years,” said DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, who is pressing Austin to come up with a fix this session on behalf of several counties in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Most major players have yet to endorse a proposal to address the wear and tear on roads that weren't meant to handle big trucks regularly hauling heavy ...

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