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TFB urges governor to intervene for rural roads
Aug 25, 2013 | 352 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to convert damaged paved rural roads to gravel, drop speed limits and reduce weight limits due to lack of funding and increased traffic earlier this summer. But the Texas Farm Bureau sees it differently.

“Farmers, ranchers and other rural Texans depend on our Farm-to-Market road system to move crops and livestock to markets and to move services to and from rural towns,” Kenneth Dierschke, president of the Texas Farm Bureau said. “This precedent is a terrible reflection on Texas, and we fear—justifiably—this list of roads will grow.”

The Texas Department of Transportation has warned both the public and the Legislature for years there is insufficient funding available for construction and maintenance of Texas’ existing road network.

In a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Dierschke noted the 83rd Legislature passed legislation to provide voters an opportunity to increase transportation funding via a constitutional amendment next year.

He said the $450 million allocated for counties to access money for oil- and gas-related traffic damages via Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zones is another step in the right direction.

Dierschke said finding another solution includes input from residents and businesses in the affected communities.

“Farm-to-Market and State Highway roads are vital to rural communities,” Dierschke wrote Gov. Perry.
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