state Sen. Steve Ogden has introduced legislation that would allow
the state Transportation Department to fast-track the construction
of improvements to highways deemed dangerous.
Texas Transportation Commission now has authority to speed construction
in emergency cases, but Ogden’s bill would broaden the scope of
an emergency to specifically include unsafe roads.
would permit the commission to declare “a safety emergency based
on criteria established by rules adopted by the commission that
take into consideration accident data, traffic volume, pavement
geometry or other conditions that create or exacerbate a hazard
to the safety of the traveling public,” Ogden, R-College Station,
public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Monday, March 10.