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Eagle Ford: $250m proposed for highways
AUSTIN -- An additional $250 million may be available for Texas highways impacted by energy sector traffic, Sen. Judith Zaffirini announced Oct. 15 in a Senatorial District 21 press release.
It would fund 70 maintenance and repair projects statewide, including 25 in 9 Senate District 21 counties, Atascosa, Duval, Guadalupe, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Wilson, and Webb.
The repairs are necessary because of the extremely high volume of oil- and gas-industry truck traffic in Senate District 21, which includes the majority of rigs, the majority of production, and the top-producing counties in the Eagle Ford shale.
Despite the fact that oil and gas development in the Eagle Ford shale contributed more than $1.24 billion in state revenue in 2012 alone, the Texas Department of Transportation has proposed converting some paved state highways in the shale region to unpaved roads.
The $250 million is in addition to $225 million for 39 energy sector-impacted state highway projects that the Texas Legislature approved during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session.
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