TxDOT won’t force cities to pick up cost of road projects
The Longview News Journal — The Texas Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn over maintenance of roads that run through Texas cities to those municipalities is likely to become voluntary after widespread criticism.
Longview City Manager David Willard wrote a letter this week to TxDOT’s executive director, adding his voice to a growing majority of opponents, including state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, and Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler.
“At this point, the conversation is still very much on the table. We are having dialogue with those various communities and looking toward a discussion about making this more a voluntary participation,” TxDOT spokesman David Glessner said Friday after the Texas Transportation Commission met Thursday to discuss the proposal. “Until those discussions are held, we have no strategy for moving forward.”
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