South Texas County Gets Off TxDOT's Gravel List

A South Texas county at the center of the Eagle Ford Shale drilling boom has worked out an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to avoid the conversion of 20 miles of its paved roads to gravel.

In July, TxDOT released a list of 83 miles of paved roads that it intended to convert to gravel, including portions of FM 469 and FM 3408 in La Salle County. The news angered local officials and residents. TxDOT officials argued that the agency lacked the resources to maintain the roads, which were wearing out too quickly amid a surge in truck traffic tied ...

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