A Texas lawmaker is accusing the state's Department of
Transportation of "arrogance," and of trying to circumvent the law.
Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas County, says TxDOT appears to be
moving ahead with plans on several projects that fly in the face of a state
transportation law that was passed only two months ago.
According to the San
Antonio Express News, TxDOT officials say they can issue private contracts
for a toll road paralleling Interstate 35 - even though the new law placed a
moratorium on private leases.
Transportation officials also said they may be able to get
around the private lease moratorium by having private companies build toll
roads, then using TxDOT employees to collect the tolls - with the state then
giving the toll money back to the private contractors.
A TxDOT official told the Express News it will proceed with a plan to test speed cameras on State
Highway 6 near College Station, even though a new law prohibits cities from
using the cameras.
Carona is quoted as saying, "What does it take to get TxDOT
to listen to the will of the legislators?"