Texas lawmaker seeks fast-tracked road construction

| Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Texas 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.

The 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.

SB661 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, wrote.

A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Monday, March 10.

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