Fix for Roads in Shale Counties Might Be Short

In South and West Texas, a surge in oil drilling has been both a boon to state coffers and a burden on local roads. As the legislative session entered its final days last month, some worried that lawmakers would take full advantage of the former while not doing much about the latter.

In the end, lawmakers found $225 million to repair county roads affected by energy development, and the same amount for state-owned roads. While the funding will help, it’s only a short-term fix.

“We appreciate what we got, but we feel over time it’s going to prove to be ...

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