ELECTION 2014: Oklahoma, Texas towns to cast ballots to benefit roads

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Monday, September 08, 2014

November ballots in a pair of Oklahoma and Texas communities will include questions that would benefit needed road work.

Voters in the city of Moore, Okla., will decide on two transportation funding questions. The first proposal would renew a four-year, one-half percent sales tax for road improvements and public safety.

The Oklahoma City-area community last renewed the $12.5 million a year sales tax in 2011.

If renewed through 2019, local roads would continue to receive 80 percent of the tax money through 2019. Public safety equipment would continue to claim the rest.

Also on the ballot in Moore is a proposal to authorize the use of bonds to pay for an Interstate 35 overpass bridge. The $15 million bond would pay for a bridge at S.W. 34th Street.

Supporters say the overpass is necessary to expand commercial development along 34th Street on the east and west sides of the interstate.

Another community located off Interstate 35 south of the Red River will include a transportation bond question on its fall ballot.

Voters in the city of Pflugerville, Texas, will decide on a $28 million measure that would pay for road improvements.

Bond approval would fund eight road projects throughout the community located north of Austin.

The biggest project to benefit from additional funding would be Heatherwilde Boulevard. The $8.3 million project would double to four lanes the capacity for about one mile south of Meister Lane.

Another $4.4 million would be used to get work done on Pflugerville Parkway.

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