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Transportation issues will only persist

State government is setting itself up for a whole host of issues if transportation problems currently facing areas across the state can’t be addressed.
While we believe there is significant reason to back the U.S. 287 expansion project still on the table after current construction on the bypass is complete, that’s only one example of a number of projects statewide that need attention.

Taking a look at the Texas Department of Transportation’s website can reveal a lot about just how many projects await the state’s support.
Local officials have tried to communicate the importance of roadway projects like U.S. 287 — most recently, the county’s commissioner’s court has urged the state to complete a number of road projects such as IH35, FM 77 and FM 664.

The sticking point here is that these one-time budgetary expenditures are necessary evils, even in a down economy.

As recent years have shown us, neglect of infrastructure is a slippery slope problem that will tear away at a given area’s economic viability if left unchecked for too long.

The bottom line for helping the viability of our road network in Ellis County and the state at large is there may be no money available to do that with tens of billions in revenue shortfalls on the horizon for this budget cycle. This makes our effort to relay information about the importance of this project even more vital.
Texas roads carried a reputation as being some of the best in the country not too long ago.

Now, looking at the way our state has reacted in the face of economic issues caused by the recent recession, it looks convincingly like they’re going to be an afterthought again this session.

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