Local Texas governments, including the cities of Austin and Round Rock, won’t be forced to pay for the maintenance of some urban state highways, Texas Department of Transportation leaders now say, defusing what had been a torrent of criticism from city and county officials concerned about an unfunded state mandate.
The almost 1,900 miles of qualifying highways, according to a TxDOT list, includes 38 segments and 115 miles in Travis and Williamson counties, the bulk of them in Austin. Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell earlier this month had called the program a “potentially big hardship” for the city budget.
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