The city of Austin and other Central Texas governments would take over maintenance of more than 100 miles of state highways, at an added expense likely to run into the millions of dollars, under a plan being considered by the Texas Department of Transportation.
The Texas Transportation Commission, looking for more money to build new roads and maintain the rest of the 80,000-mile state highway system, is considering a “turnback” program that, by ceding control of essentially urban state roads to cities and counties, would save the agency $165 million a year.
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