TxDOT May Get Extra Money for Damaged Roads

State lawmakers may give the Texas Department of Transportation an extra $250 million for road projects in communities affected by an ongoing oil drilling boom. But a controversial plan to convert some roads to gravel may still move forward, officials said Wednesday.

Legislative Budget Board staff told a Senate Select Committee on Transportation Funding at a hearing on Wednesday that the state’s highway fund received about $250 million more in registration fees than had been expected earlier this year. The money had not been appropriated to TxDOT during this year's legislative session.

The two-year budget lawmakers passed in May ...

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